American Indian Communities in Minnesota - Grand Portage Band

American Indian Communities in Minnesota
Grand Portage Band

Reservation Area: 47,000 acres

Tribal Land: 37,390 acres

Allotted: 7,283 acres

Tribal Enrollment: 968 (1995)

Community: Grand Portage
(tribal headquarters)

Number of Residents: 394


The city of Grand Portage was an important depot in the fur trade industry during the late 1700s. The reservation was established by a treaty signed in 1845. The Band is part of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.


Type of Government: Representative government through the five-member Business Committee serving staggered four-year terms.

Election Process: Committee members are elected by enrolled tribal members. Those not living on the reservation may vote by absentee ballot.

Employment (1995)

Labor Force: 222

Unemployment: 5%

Economic Development

Tribal Businesses:

Construction company, casino,

forestry, sawmill/pallet plant

School Attendance

Elementary students attend a public school on the reservation.

Enrollment (1997-1998): 42

High school students attend school in Grand Marais.

Health Care (1994)

Number of Clinics: 1

Number of Doctors: .1 (FTE)


Number: 1 - Grand Portage Casino, Grand Portage

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