The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is committed to the responsible operation of government, preservation of our heritage, promotion of our sovergeignty, and the protection of natural resources for our elders and future generations, while enhancing the health, economic well-being, education, and our inherent right to live as Ojibwe People.
As of September 2015
Leech Lake Reservation Enrollment: 9,509
The Leech Lake Tribe holds the smallest percentage of its reservation of any of the state’s tribes. County, state, and federal governments owned well over half of the original land. Of the 864,158 original acres, nearly 300,000 acres are surface area of the three big lakes. The National Chippewa Forest has the largest portion of the land. Seventy-five percent of the National Forest is within the reservation. This leaves less than 5% of land owned by the Band.
Official Emblem and Flag
The flag of the reservation is white and bears the tribal seal in the center.
Within the red ring and outside the edges of the yellow triangle starting from the hoist side, are symbols of nature. In this case pine trees, as they are an obvious canvas viewed everyday here on tribal lands. The soaring eagle represents the continued strength and perseverance of its members from generation to generation.
The symbols of education, represented by the diploma and graduation mortarboard, indicate the knowledge of our past and present that maintains our past and present that maintains our continued existence in the ever-evolving world we must live in. The scales of justice symbolize our sovereignty to govern our own people.
Within the triangle appear two stalks of tobacco and a peace pipe which signify the respect for our traditions, our ancestors in the spirit world and its close connection to our continuing cultural identity as Ojibwe people.
The most prominent device is the yellow equilateral triangle bringing all the symbols together. Depicting the actuality, that as Ojibwe people, we can prosper under the rule of law and through education. Most importantly, its members have been able to continue to maintain their cultural identity while remaining in harmony with nature.
The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT)
The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, comprised of the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs, and White Earth reservations, is a federally recognized tribal government that, through unified leadership, promotes and protects the member Bands while providing quality services and technical assistance to the reservation governments and tribal people.
The Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee (RBC)
The Leech Lake RBC a.k.a. Tribal Council is the governing body with their offices in Cass Lake. The Tribal Council consists of a chairwoman, secretary/treasurer, and three district representatives:
Chairman, Faron Jackson, Sr.
Secretary/Treasurer, Arthur LaRose
District I Representative, Penny DeVault
District II Representative, Steve White
District III Representative, LeRoy Staples Fairbanks III
Eleven communities make up the reservation
The people have organized their own community councils to give a political voice to their concerns. These community councils are called, Local Indian Council or LIC’s. The smaller communities have facilities for community events and services such as medical clinics and programs for elders. Click on the name to go to their web page.
Health services are provided at the IHS hospital and clinic in Cass Lake and clinics in the other communities. If care that is more extensive is needed, the hospitals in neighboring cities are used.
State counties within the Reservation boundaries
The reservation is split among four counties
Tribal Owned Businesses
The Tribe operates three gaming enterprises
|16599 69th Avenue NW
Cass Lake, MN 56633
(218) 335-7000 Phone
(800) 228-6676 Toll-free
(800) 442-3910 Hotel
|6800 Y Frontage Road
Walker, MN 56484
(218) 335-3100 Phone
|45830 US HWY 2
Deer River, MN 56636
(218) 246-9600 Phone
(800) 653-2412 Toll-free