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Tribal Affiliation

Misi-zaaga'iganiing, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe



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A Bit About Me

Nazhike-awaasang (Misizaaga’iganing Ojibwe), comes from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe located in Central Minnesota. Born and raised on the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation where he spent time learning from his grandparents about Ojibwe Life.  He is a lifelong student of Ojibwe language & culture.


He has studied at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Central Lakes College, UMD, UofM Twin Cities, Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona Tucson and the Native Governance Center.  He has received certification from the Native Nations Institute, the Blandin Foundation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and White Bison/Wellbriety.


He has facilitated activities at the Tribal/State Relations Training relating to Ojibwe Language & Culture, Treaties and Federal Indian Law.


He has served as the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe from 2017-2020. He led the effort rebranding the local Tribal DNR to incorporate cultural knowledge and language as a Natural Resource. He currently serves as the Director of Tribal Relations for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources where he coordinates the Tribal Consultation process. 


He runs a small business called Wenji-bimaadizing Media that oversees websites, podcasts, merchandise production and video production. He is a parent of Ojibwe immersion students and works in the community as an advocate for immersion education. He performs Ojibwe Ceremonies in many communities in the region. He is also a 2022 Bush Fellow with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Technological Resources for Language and Culture.  When he is not working in the tribal government as an advocate for Anishinaabe rights to language, education, spirituality and harvest, he spends time with his family.


January 2016 & 2018

Fall of 2017

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Spring 2016

Fall 2013-Spring 2014 & 2016

January 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2013

University of Arizona, Tucson- Native Nations Institute 

Food Sovereignty, Intro to Nation Building, Intergovernmental Relations.

University of MN, Duluth - CTAG

Certificate in Tribal Administration and Governance

Mille Lacs Band Community Edu., District 1  

Certificate in Tribal Law and Sovereignty

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, L&D  

Certificate- Facilitator Training

University of MN, Twin Cities  

Certificate in Ojibwe Language Immersion

Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN

Natural Resources Coursework

University of Arizona, Tucson- Native Nations Institute

Making Change Happen in Tribal Communities

Fond du Lac Tribal College, 

AA Credits

Mille Lacs Band, Niigaan Program

Certificate- Mentorship Training

Fall 2012

Mille Lacs Band, Indigi-Dreams

Certificate- Digital Storytelling

Work Experience

January 2020 - Present

June 2019 - Present

May 2017 - January 2020

March 2016 – May 2017

May 2013 – 2015

May 2014 – June 2015

September 2012 – May 2014

Minnesota DNR- Tribal Relations Director                                              Responsible for the development of Consultation Strategies to improve Tribal Relations.

Wenji-bimaadizing Media, LLC- CEO

Owner/Operator of an Indigenous Media Company.

Mille Lacs Band DNR- Commissioner

Responsible for the direction and duties to the Natural Resources of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. 

MLB Chief Executive Office- Ojibwe Language Apprentice

Seek, learn and teach Ojibwe Language and Culture.

Ojibwemowin Ozhichiganan- President 

Produce and distribute items that promote and enhance the learning of the Ojibwe Language.

Bob’s Contracting Inc.- Vice President 

While a VP this company went from a small neighborhood remodeling business to an official, fully licensed contracting company. I was responsible for Budgets, Planning, Marketing and Human Resources

Mille Lacs Band DNR- Field Technician 

I expanded the Ojibwe Language and Culture programs offered, wrote water and wolf management plans and enhanced the local Wildfire Protection Plan.

February 2011 – August 2012 

MCF Lino Lakes- Lead Grounds Person 

Maintained the grounds of a state facility. Mowing, tree maintenance, gardening and snow removal.

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