Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin was sworn into office in July 2012. As Chief Executive, Benjamin leads the Band’s executive branch that implements Band laws and administers programs and services.
Most recently, Benjamin was interim director of the Pine Grove Leadership Academy, a Minnesota public charter school located in District III of the Mille Lacs Reservation. She previously served the Mille Lacs Band as Chief Executive from 2000-2008, Commissioner of Administration (the Band’s highest appointed position) from 1989-1997, and chief of staff to the late Chairman Art Gahbow. She has also been senior vice president of administration and finance at Grand Casino Hinckley, and has served the American Indian community through numerous boards and organizations at the local, state and national levels.