Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

About the Mille Lacs Band


About 500 years ago, the ancestors of the Mille Lacks Band began migrating west from the Atlantic coast of North America.  By the mid-1700s, the Ojibwe had established themselves in the region around Mille Lacs Lake in what is today East Central Minnesota.

The Mille Lacs Reservation was established by the Treaty of 1855, which set aside 61,000 acres as the Band’s reservation on and around the south end of Mille Lacs Lake.

Mille Lacs Reservation

The Mille Lacs Reservation consists of three districts

District I is made up of the four northern most townships in Mille Lacs County with the exception of the Isle community. District I is where the Mille Lacs Band Government Center and Grand Casino Mille Lacs are located.  More than 1,400 Band members live in District 1, making it the most populous of the three districts.

District II and IIa are near the cities of McGregor and Isle.

District III is near the city of Hinckley, where the Grand Casino Hinckley is located.


The Mille Lacs Band is the 40th largest employer in Minnesota, employing more than 4,100 people in the tribal government and its businesses, including Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley directly employ approximately 3,000 people, of whom about 93% live in the rural Minnesota counties surrounding the casinos.

Business Growth

The Mille Lacs Band owns more than 35 businesses that are located both on and off the reservation, including its casinos, a number of hotels and restaurants, a resort, three convenience stores, a grocery store, a movie theater, even branches of the Woodlands National Bank, and several others.

For more information

Sara Treiber, Business Development at 320-384-4607 or