American Indian Communities in Minnesota
Bois Forte (Nett Lake) Band
Reservation Area: 105,284 acres
Tribal Land: 30,035 acres
Allotted: 11,744 acres
Tribal Enrollment: 2,561 (1995)
Communities: Nett Lake (tribal headquarters), Vermillion and Deer Creek.
Number of Residents: 2,162 (1995)
The Bois Forte people originally lived in Canada and were involved with the fur trade. The reservation was established by a treaty in 1866 with an original size of 103,863 acres. Further establishment of the reservation took place through an Executive Order on December 30, 1881. The Bois Forte Band is a part of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
Type of Government: Five-
member representative elected committee, serving four-year staggered terms.
Election Process: Members are elected by enrolled tribal members. Those not living on the reservation may vote by absentee ballot.
Labor Force: 1,147
Tribal Businesses: Casino, Bois Fort Sawmill, Multi-Service Center
Other Businesses: Bois Forte
Reservation Forestry Program,
Chippewa Construction Company, Voyager Trucking Company, Strong's Wild Rice, Summertime Painting and Sign
Nett Lake School District
Enrollment (1997-1998): 110
Health Care (1994)
Number of Clinics: 1
Number of Doctors: 1.2 (FTE -Full Time Equivalent)
Number: 1 - Fortune Bay Casino, Tower