LeRoy S. Fairbanks III
LeRoy Staples Fairbanks III was elected as the Leech Lake Tribal Council’s District III Representative in June 2012. District III, the largest of the Leech Lake Band’s three districts, includes the communities of Cass Lake, Onigum, Oak Point, Buck Lake, Mission and Cass River. LeRoy began his career with the Leech Lake Band more than ten years ago with the Leech Lake Housing Authority, before moving to the Human Services field. He became a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC Level II), and joined the management team at the Leech Lake Human Services Halfway House. In 2008, LeRoy was elected to represent District III on the Leech Lake Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. In 2010, LeRoy accepted an offer to join the Leech Lake Band’s senior management team as the Band’s Deputy Director. In that capacity, LeRoy served as the assistant chief administrative officer for the Band’s programs and entities. As a Housing Commissioner and Deputy Director, LeRoy developed a deep awareness of the issues and challenges facing Leech Lake. He worked to address these challenges as well as worked to identify opportunities to make life better for all Leech Lake people. One of LeRoy’s passions is volunteering with youth, primarily through sports teams and sporting events. His commitment to continue to be involved in the community has reaped rewards as he has witnessed firsthand youth start to make better choices, gain confidence and increase their sense of belonging within the community after becoming engaged in these positive events. In the short time since being sworn in as a member of the Tribal Council, LeRoy has made strides in developing and maintaining a transparent system of governance by hosting regular open forums for all District III members, and also publishing expenses. He has also continued his commitment to community by personally investing in the Leech Lake Tribal College’s endowment and establishing a new scholarship program. LeRoy has resided on the Reservation for the last nineteen years and currently resides in the Mission area north of Cass Lake. He is married to his wife Becky and they have three children.