Former Chief Executive Of Mille Lacs Band, Anderson Passed Away Saturday
Marge Anderson who was the former Chief Executive of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe passed away on Saturday at the age of 81. According to the tribal government, Anderson died of natural causes on the band’s reservation in Onamia, MN. Anderson was the first woman to lead a Minnesota Indian tribe. She served from 1991 to 2000 and 2008-2012.
During her tenure as Chief Executive, Anderson led the development of Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley and the rebuilding of the reservation through new schools, clinics, community centers, housing, a water treatment plant, and other infrastructure. Her efforts to strengthen tribal self-governance and increase American Indians’ self-sufficiency had received national recognition.
Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) made the following statement on the passing of Marge Anderson, former chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe:
“I’m deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Marge Anderson, a trailblazer for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. An amazing woman and role model for the next generation of tribal leaders, Marge will be missed. She fought to preserve the Ojibwe culture while—at the same time—pushing to advance the progress of her people. I’m grateful to have known Marge, and proud to have worked with her on bringing new opportunity and promise to the Mille Lacs Band.”