Leech Lake Band

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, also known as the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians or the Leech Lake Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, is an Ojibwa tribe located in Minnesota. The tribe boasts 8,861 tribal members as of July, 2007. Their land-base is the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, consisting eleven communities defined in the tribal constitution, aggregated into three districts.


The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is one of six member reservations of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (White Earth, Mille Lacs, Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, and Grand Portage are the other five). It is governed by an Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) Constitution. The constitution establishes a Reservation Business Committee (RBC, aka Reservation Tribal Council RTC) system of governance with a Chairman, Secretary/Treasurer and three District Representatives. The current Tribal Council is as follows (with the next election year in parentheses):

  • Chairman Arthur "Archie" LaRose (2012)
  • Secretary/Treasurer Michael J. Bongo (2010)
  • District I Representative Robbie M. Howe (2010)
  • District II Representative Lyman Losh (2010)
  • District III Representative Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird (2012)


The tribe operates Palace Casino and Hotel in Cass Lake, Northern Lights Casino, Hotel and Convention Center in Walker, and White Oak Casino in Deer River. The Business Development Division also operates the Che-We-Ka-E-Gon Complex in Cass Lake consisting of a gas station/convenience store, a gift shop and an office retail supply; the Northern Lights Express, a small gas station near the Northern Lights Casino, Hotel and Convention Center; and plans to open a restaurant and marina on Shingobee Island in between Walker and the Northern Lights complex.

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