Human Services Division
The Human Services Division is comprised of programs which provide services addressing the human needs of tribal members other than educational needs. These include child welfare, elderly services, tribal employment, nutrition education and chemical dependency prevention/intervention programs.

Human Services Mission Statement
The mission of the Human Services Division of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is to provide a circle of quality services to elders, families and children within the tribal community by promoting self-sufficiency through health, wellness, employment, education, cultural identity, advocacy and training.

Human Service Programs:
** New Adult Day Service Program
The Adult Day Services Center provides services to help elders maintain healthy lifestyles through individualized care plans, nutrition services, and disease, pain, and medication management.

Many elders live at home alone or with family and cannot be left alone for any length of time. We offer support and provide education to improve quality of life and increase life expectancy. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm.

Services Provided:

  • Health monitoring, vital signs, weight checks
  • Daily activities, recreation, games, and socializing
  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs); walking, standing, eating, or toileting
  • Educational & exercise classes
  • Medication administration as prescribed
  • Registered Nurse monthly visit
  • Registered Dietician monthly visit
  • Lunch & snacks provided

You may be eligible if: *65 years and older, *Need help with ADL’s

For more information please contact:

Evette Mesarina, ADS Provider

Phone: 218-335-8586 / 888-231-7886


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Elder Services
Minnesota Indian Area Agency on Aging
The Minnesota Indian Area Agency on Aging is designated by the MN Dept. of Human Service Board on Aging, providing Title III services to elders 60 years of age and older, caregivers of elders 60+, and grandparents/relatives raising relative children. Services are provided to those within the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe communities of Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Leech Lake and White Earth reservations.
  • Training and technical assistance provided to tribal nutrition providers and health services
  • Information, Access to resources, Counseling, Advocacy, Education and Training for elders in betterment of their quality of life.
  • Caregiver Support; advocacy, training, coaching and resource linking to help ease the burden of caring for a loved one.
  • GrandKin Support; advocacy, training, coaching and resource linking for grandparents and relatives 55 years and older who are caring for relative children 18 years and under.
  • Medication Management and Health Promotion in collaboration with Wisdom Steps.
  • Live Well at Home Program; information, training, resources and care planning to help elders remain in their homes and communities.
  • Falls Prevention Program; information, resources and Matter of Balance Classes to increase knowledge of falls prevention.
  • Memory Care Program; information, resources and care planning for those concerned with memory loss.
  • Congregate dining and home delivered meal contracts with Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Leech Lake and White Earth.
  • Legal services and legal education contract with Anishinabe Legal Services

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
The SCSEP program is funded by the MN Dept. of Employment and Economic development. The SCSEP program provides training, job search, self-development and community services training to elders 55 years and older who are economically disadvantaged and seeking employment.

  • 55 years and older, Unemployed, Meet 125% of Poverty Guidelines and follow the rules and regulations set-forth by the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and The Department of Labor.

For more Information Contact:
Vera Brown, Elderly Programs Manager
15542 State Hwy. 371 NW
P.O. Box 217
Cass Lake, MN 56633

MN Board on Aging:

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Tribal Employment Services

"We understand that sometimes self-sufficiency is not so easy."

Our Tribal Employment Services Program operates from both Federal and State funding.  Our two funding sources are:

1)  Native Employment Works (NEW)
NEW is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.  The NEW program provides culturally appropriate services to all Minnesota Chippewa Tribal members who receive MFIP and are not served by the bands.   NEW provides the following services:

  • Employment and training to tribal MFIP recipients to increase financial independence and work towards self-sufficiency.
  • Assessments, counseling, employment plans, job search, short term training and soft skills.
  • Referrals, transportation, advocacy, job placement and job retention.

2)  Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
MFIP is funded by the MN Department of Economic Security and the MN Department of Human Services.   Our trained staff can assist you with:

  • Assessment and 6 week job search.
  • Career and job counseling.
  • Supportive work opportunities.
  • Employment networks and referrals.
  • Accessing educational funds.
  • Resume writing and interview preparation.
  • Accessing the Internet.

The Tribal Employment Services program serves MCT members in nineteen counties in northern and central Minnesota.  Those counties include:  Aitken, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Polk, and St. Louis. 

Eligibility for Tribal Employment Services
After your county Financial Worker deems you eligible for MFIP, Diversionary Work Program (DWP), or Family Stabilization Services (FSS), you may be referred to our Tribal Employment Services program.  The services provided by Minnesota Chippewa Tribe MFIP are similar to those provided by MN Rural CEP.   If you want to make sure you are referred to our Tribal program you will want to access the MN Department of Human Services website, MN DHS edocs.  You will use the 'edocs' form:  DHS-3048-ENG to verify your tribal enrollment when you apply with the county financial worker.  The county also has these tribal enrollment forms.

Tribal Employment Services Office locations

Human Services Division
PO Box 217
Cass Lake, MN 56633
Tribal Employment Program
301 West First Street, Suite 700
Duluth, MN 55802
Virginia Workforce Center
820 N. 9th St, Suite 120
Virginia, MN 55792

For more information contact:
Dawn Jackson
15542 State Hwy. 371 NW
PO Box 217
Cass Lake, MN 56633

For MCT's MFIP clients you can now access 'Job Search' logs on this website.  Or go to the MN DHS website and search 'edocs' for the form, DHS-5784-ENG.

Minnesotans in need of public assistance can now apply online through ApplyMN.  ApplyMN for the first time provides a single online application for health care, food and other assistance programs.                or

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education - SNAP-Ed
The mission of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) of the Minnesota Chippewa tribe is to provide a circle of quality services to elders, families and children within the tribal community by promoting wellness and healthy active lifestyles through education, advocacy and training emphasizing culture and Healthy People 2010 guidelines.

The Gwe Yak Mino Wiisina da Program (Let’s Eat the Right Foods) is funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Office of Economic Opportunity.

Our overarching goal, since 1993, remains that participants in Minnesota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) will choose healthful, safe foods and active lifestyles to help reduce chronic disease and increase general well-being. We do this work with the six reservations to assure culturally sensitive training.

For more information contact:
Joanne Mulbah SNAP-Education Program Manager
Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
P.O. Box 217
Cass Lake, MN 56633

MNSure Navigators
The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) is pleased to announce the availability of two MNSure Outreach Specialists.  The MCT Outreach Specialists are trained MNSure Navigators who are prepared to assist MCT members with the MNSure application process, and answer questions specifically related to health care for American Indians.

Watch for announcements for upcoming Information Events and Enrollment Events for the MNSure health insurance marketplace.

MCT MNSure Outreach Specialist for Leech Lake, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage, Bois Forte and Duluth:
Priscilla Fairbanks, 218-335-8586, ext. 128

MCT MNSure Outreach Specialist for White Earth, Mille Lacs and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area:
Joni Hilliard, 218-335-8586, ext. 129  

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Human Services Division will ensure that all staff adhere to Ethical Standards.  The Human Services staff are expected to uphold the Mission Statement and the ethics standards below in the delivery of services to clients and in all program related activities.  The Human Services staff will maintain an organizational climate that supports ethical behavior.

Code of Ethics

Standard I:
The Human Services Division is committed to respecting, improving, and maintaining the well-being of each client.  This shall be accomplished by establishing and providing a professional relationship with each client; acknowledging the client's autonomy, values, and cultural identity.  Services will be delivered with dignity and confidentiality.

Standard II:
The Human Services Division staff shall maintain high professional standards.  Staff members are expected to abide by confidentiality within the division and to demonstrate accountability at all times.

Standard III:
The Human Services Division staff are expected to use appropriate lines of communication within and outside the division.

Standard IV:
The Human Services Division staff are expected to maintain clear boundaries between their own personal statements, beliefs, or actions and those of the division.

Standard V:
The Human Services Division shall create a climate that supports ethical practices.

Human Services Staff Directory
Linda Johnston
Human Services Director
Terri O'Shea
Human Services Admin Asst
Vera Brown
Elderly Programs Manager
Frances King
MIAAA Caregiver Technician
Joni Hilliard
MNSure Navigator
Priscilla Fairbanks
MNSure Navigator
Joanne Mulbah
SNAP-Ed Manager
Sadie Cooper
SNAP-Ed Secretary
Dawn Jackson
Tribal Employment Coordinator
Shauna Four Star
Employment Specialist
Charles Lussier
Employment Specialist
Charity Warrington
Employment Specialist
Jim Croud
Employment Specialist
Evette Mesarina
ADS Provider

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