The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Environmental Department is seeking 10 individuals between the ages of 13-15 who will have the opportunity to spend two weeks working alongside Environmental Department professionals. The two week intervals will be set between June – August. If a participant has preferred dates they can request those dates but it is not guaranteed the request will be met.


The Leech Lake Environmental programs are a great opportunity for the Environmental Department to engage our community in protecting the environment and give the youth of Leech Lake the opportunity to learn and to see how connected we are to our environment. Building a relationship with our youth will ensure we have partners in the future to keep our Reservation’s environment clean and healthier. It has been a goal of the Environmental department program to increase the amount of youth and community outreach. This program is one of the first steps in achieving this goal.


Today on Leech Lake we have many social problems of all shapes and sizes; This need is something the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Environmental Department is willing to step forward and help provide an outlet for, so we can teach our children how their environment and culture are connected, just as their computer and the internet are connected. There is a need to educate our youth about how their environment and impacts to their resources affect their everyday lives. Today we see fewer youth using their natural resources which leads to a decreased understanding of their environment. This gap in knowledge must be remedied if we are to maintain our beautiful Reservation.

Selection Process

  • Complete Application
  • One page essay: Include a one page essay in response to one of the following questions:
    • “Leech Lake Reservation Environment is important to me because…”; or
    • “What do you think you can do to improve Leech Lake’s Environment?”

Summer Youth BrochureAll applications and Essays must be turned into the DRM Environmental Department office by 4:30 p.m. on the first Friday in May.

For questions or further information, please contact Jeff Harper at 335-7415.

Division of Resource Management (218) 335-7400