Mille Lacs Ojibwe leader Marge Anderson dies at 81


Marge Anderson, the first woman to lead a Minnesota Indian tribe and a driving force in efforts to secure tribal hunting and fishing rights on Lake Mille Lacs, died Saturday. Appointed chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in 1991, following the death of longtime tribal head Arthur Gahbow, she was elected to the top post in 1992 and 1996, leading the band until 2000 when Melanie Benjamin replaced her. Anderson was returned to office in 2008, serving until last year, when Benjamin was again elected chief executive...She became nationally known as a leader in efforts to strengthen tribal sovereignty and government in areas of law enforcement and environmental protection. She used the band’s profits from its Hinckley and Mille Lacs casinos to fund social programs, schools and clinics for the band’s approximately 3,500 members instead of handing out individual payments to band members...

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Blake, Laurie. "Mille Lacs Ojibwe leader Marge Anderson dies at 81." Minneapolis Star Tribune. July 1, 2013. Article. (, accessed July 1, 2013)