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10/09/08 - Benjamin removed as Mille Lacs CEO

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The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has removed longtime Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin. Benjamin was removed following a joint session of elected officials Wednesday on the Mille Lacs Reservation. Herbert Weyaus Sr. was appointed the band's interim CEO. On Sept. 29, a petition with 361 signatures was submitted to the Mille Lacs Band Assembly asking for Benjamin's removal, citing ethical allegations. The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) requires signatures from at least 20 percent of the band's eligible voters, or a minimum of 241 signers.