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Mille Lacs Band chief executive credits grassroots partnership in fight against opioid epidemic


January 10, 2019

MILLE LACS RESERVATION—In her 2019 State of the Band Address Tuesday, Mille Lacs Band Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin spoke of headway being made in the war against opioid and substance abuse, an epidemic that has had a stranglehold on the Band community since Mille Lacs County revoked the Joint Powers Agreement with the Band in July of 2016.

Going through more than two years without a law enforcement agreement with Mille Lacs County had a devastating impact on the Band, according to Benjamin.


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