Formerly the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
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Strengthening the Band.

Benefitting the Region.

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Grand Casinos

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Since opening in 1991, Grand Casinos has been a true economic engine for the entire region – currently employing nearly 3,000 people, and welcoming millions of guests every year.

Hospitality

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With the 2013 purchase of two hotels in St. Paul, plus the remodeling of Eddy’s Resort in 2014, Band-owned hotels are providing jobs and revenue to a whole new sector of people.

Printing Press

Opening in 2014, this state-of-the-art full-service print shop handles the printing needs for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley and other businesses in East Central Minnesota.

Small Businesses

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures also owns and operates a mixture of independent operations such as the Grand Market, Grand Makwa Cinema, three Marathon Convenience Stores, and a Subway franchise that provides much needed jobs and services to local residents.

By connecting people, ideas and capital, we are growing a regional economy that benefits all Minnesotans.

– Joseph Nayquonabe, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Our Mission

The Mission of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures is to improve the economic well-being for current and future generations of Mille Lacs Band Members by making strategic investments and acquisitions, and skillfully managing assets. We believe that economic diversification and growth, guided by our core values of trust, integrity, and respect, will allow us to remain sovereign and self-sufficient for generations to come.

Our Authority

As a political subdivision of the government we exercise the privileges of the Band’s sovereign status. Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures is responsible for all the Band’s corporate interests.

Our Structure

Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures is part of the government’s executive branch. The Band’s Chief Executive appoints the Commissioner of Corporate Affairs, and that appointment is ratified by the Band’s legislative branch, known as the Band Assembly.