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A Year-Long Emergency

Pandemic anniversary not cause for celebration, but Band's response is worth remembering


March 19, 2021

March 13, 2020 — Friday the 13th — was the day the pandemic got real for Minnesotans when 14 cases of the disease were reported in the state and Governor Tim Walz declared a State of Emergency.

The Mille Lacs Band’s Tribal Emergency Response Committee (TERC) had already been activated, and the group — which is composed of Commissioners and other high-level employees — met all day on March 14 to plan the Band’s response.

On March 15, Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin declared a State of Emergency after Band Assembly passed emergency legislation authorizing her to do so.


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