Minnesota Chippewa Tribe

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Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
Motto: Nimaamawiinomin
We Come Together
Member bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
Member bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
Administrative headquarters Cass Lake, Minnesota
Type Tribal governmental authority
Enrolled membership 40,677
• President
Kevin R. Dupuise
• Vice President
Ferdinand W. Martineau, Jr.
• Executive Director
Gary Frazer
• Establishment
June 18, 1934
July 26, 1936

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) is the centralized governmental authority for six Chippewa (Ojibwe or Anishinaabe) bands in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The tribe was created on June 18, 1934; the organization and its

Governmental powers are divided between the tribe, which provides many administrative services, and the individual bands, which directly operate their reservations. The bands that make up the tribe are:

As of July 2003, the six bands have 40,677 enrolled members. The White Earth Band is the largest, which had more than 19,000 members. According to the 2010 US Census, the Leech Lake Band had 10,660 residents living on its reservation, the most of any single reservation in the state.

Notably, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa is not part of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. In 1934 it declined to participate, as its citizens did not want to give up the band's system of hereditary chiefs. The Red Lake Band developed its constitution in the 1950s, electing its first chairman in 1959.

Mission and Goal[edit]

Mission Statement

Through unified leadership, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe promotes and protects the member Bands while providing quality services and technical assistance to the reservation governments and tribal people.


The Preamble of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe states that the six member reservations of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe come together, "in order to form a representative Chippewa Tribal organization, maintain and establish justice for our Tribe and to conserve and develop our Tribal resources and common property; and to promote the general welfare of ourselves and descendants."


Ni-Mah-Mah-Wi-No-Min (Nimaamawiinomin): We Come Together


The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe provides basic services to each of its six-member Bands, unless the individual Band has signed a compact to provide these services themselves. The services are provided through their offices located in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

  • Administration
    • Executive Direction
    • Tribal Operations
      • Enrollment
    • Accounting & Liquor Licenses
    • Human Resources
  • Education
    • Scholarship Information
    • Johnson O’Malley
    • Indian Boarding Schools
  • Finance Corporation
    • Home Loans
    • Business Loans
    • Homes for Sale
  • Human Services
    • Senior Services
    • Investment, Employment and Welfare
    • Food Stamp Nutrition Education

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