Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians, Minnesota


Chief Executive Marge Anderson was honored April 13 with the Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award at the National Indian Gaming Association conference in Portland, Ore. The award recognizes a member of the Indian community each year for commitment to peace, fair governance, easing suffering and injustice and advancing inter-cultural understanding. Anderson was cited for her dedication to improve educational opportunities for her people, her role in implementing a three-branch band government, her insightful decision to invest casino revenues in rebuilding the reservation and developing programs and services, her commitment to reaffirming the band's treaty rights and her overall leadership on behalf of American Indian people. The award is named for the late Wendell Chino who led the Mescalero Apache of south central New Mexico for 43 years. Chino died in 1998.