Marge Anderson, former chief of Mille Lacs Band, passes away

Marge Anderson
Marge Anderson

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe announced  that former Chief Executive Marjorie (Marge) Anderson of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe passed away from natural causes on Saturday, June 29, 2013.  Marge Anderson was nationally known as a leader in Indian gaming, tribal self-governance and tribal treaty rights.

Born in 1932, Anderson served as Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band from 1991-2000 and from 2008-2012.  Her decades long tenure in tribal government began in 1976 as the District I Representative for the Band, and continued as the Band’s Secretary-Treasurer from 1987-1991.  She was appointed Chief Executive in 1991 following the death of Arthur Gahbow and won elections as Chief Executive in her own right in 1992, 1996 and 2008.

Melanie Benjamin, current Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band, said, “Marge Anderson was a great tribal leader for the Band and a trailblazer for all of Indian country.  This is an extraordinary loss for the Band.”

Secretary-Treasurer Curt Kalk said, “Marge led the Band through our treaty rights case and into the modern era of Indian gaming.  She made history for the Band and we will feel her impact for generations.”