Human Services Program Information

Nett Lake


Bois Forte Human Services
13071 Nett Lake Road, Suite B

Nett Lake, MN 55771








Bois Forte Human Services
1195 County Road 77

Tower, MN  55790

Phone: 218-753-2347




It is the mission of the Human Services Department of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe to nurture the growth of clients, colleagues, and the community by providing comprehensive, quality services in an environment of respect, fairness and integrity.



Services provided include: Chemical Dependency Assessments (rule 25), transportation to those in need of services within a 85 mile radius, Step-up Case Management, Outpatient Treatment, Step-down Case Management, Phase II Relapse Prevention, Individual Counseling, Community Gatherings, Sobriety Feast, Prevention services and activities to the Youth within the Bois Forte Community and also a satellite office that provides Prevention services and after school activities in the International Falls area.



Offers One to One Counseling, Group Counseling, Family counseling, Community Education, Referrals, Services to All Ages, Support Advocacy, Anger management, school and home visits, problem gambling assessment, mental health diagnostic assessment, depression screening, suicide screening, referrals and intervention, medication referrals, crisis intervention, mental health case management, presentations on mental health, EMDR Level I, Reiki Level II, referrals to specialized psychiatric services, assistance with child's Individual Education Plans, attendance at case staffing and availability for professional consultations, critical incident stress management team, referrals for chemical dependency information and treatment, disaster mental health and psychological first aid training.



Offers services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims, emotional support, safety planning, legal advocacy, emergency shelter, referrals, filing Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders, providing community education and both one-to-one or support group sessions.




Offers Case Management, Home Studies, Court Advocacy, Crisis Intervention, Child Maltreatment Interviews, Supportive Services, Life Skills, Home Management, Recruiting Foster Families, Supervised Visits, Effective Perenting Education, Truancy Case Monitoring, Victim Services.



Services offered include nutritious meals served daily, Monday thru Friday at the Nett Lake and Vermilion Community Centers with home delivered meals available to Elders who are unable to get to the ENP sites. Monthly newsletters are distributed to all Elders in the surrounding areas, to keep communication available on planned activities, i.e. concerts, pow-wows, etc., and includes other helpful information. Other programs available are: Wisdom Steps (preventative health program for Elders), transportation for shopping monthly, Needs Program, which is for Bois Forte Band members who reside in the State of Minnesota, are disabled or over the age of 55 yrs., access and referrals to other programs such as the Equipment Distribution Program and Social Security, etc. Located at the Community Center, 5322 St. Mary's Drive in Nett Lake, Telephone: (218) 757-3790. The Vermilion site is located in the Vermilion Social Center, Tower, Telephone: (218) 753-4542




The Nutrition Education program provides individual and group education in four basic core areas. Participants will learn: Diet Quality - plan nutritious, inexpensive meals for your family; Food Safety - handle and store your food to prevent illness; Food Security - plan healthy meals to fit your budget; Grocery Shopping - stretch your food dollars farther. Lessons include cooking classes, demonstrations, shopping trips, and games to name a few. All food items are provided as well as incentives for attending classes or lessons. Everyone is welcome for group or individual sessions.



The Food Distribution Program provides services to as many eligible participants as possible within the service area, which includes the Vermilion sector of the Bois Forte Reservation. Deliveries are made to Vermilion on the 10th of every month and also to the Elders living on the Reservation. Program eligibility is based on income guidelines and deductions. Office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, with the last day of every month closed due to inventory. Located at 5316 St. Mary's Drive, Nett Lake, Minnesota 55772 Telephone: (218) 757-3504, Toll-free 877-698-0595, Fax: (218) 757-0166

Employee Name Title Phone Ext.  

Toni Wakemup

Administrative Assistant

218 757 3295



Mental Health


Melissa Wright

Behavioral Health/Supervisor

218 757 0233


Erin Danielson Behavioral Health Coordinator 218 757 3295 263  


Mental Health Worker      

Mari Barto

ARMHS Worker 218 757 3295 292  


Chemical Dependency/New Moon Supportive Housing


Pamela Hughes

Chemical Dependency/New Moon Program Director

218 753 2347



Adam Vake

Chemical Dependency Coordinator

218 757 0233    

Katherine "Katy" Laitinen

Chemical Dependency Outreach Counselor

218 757 0233



Terry Strong

Chemical Health Specialist

218 757 0233

Sidney Adams Chemical Dependency Counselor 218 753 2347    
Corinna Lyons Case Manager - New Moon Supportive Housing 218 753 3131    
Tracie Chosa Tenant Service Coordinator New Moon Supportive Housing 218 753 3131    
Vacant Chemical Health Specialist, International Falls Office 218 373 0300    


Indian Child Welfare/Victim Services

Angela Wright ICW/VS Supervisor      
Panda Whiteman Victims Services Coordinator 218 757 3295 279  
Erin Danielson Indian Child Welfare Administrative Assitant 218 757 3295 275  
Regina Howe

Case Manager

Muriel Deegan Case Manager      
Renika Love Case Manager      
Wendy Deathrage Case Manager      
Davelle Jones Case Manager      
Janell Smith Family Support Coordinator      
Whitney Humphrey Victim Services Advocate      
Dalene Chosa Victim Services Administrator      
Elderly Services Food Distribution

Mavis Drift

Food Distribution - Elder Program Administrator 218 757 3790    
Wendy Zika Food Distribution - Certification Clerk 218 757 3504    
Shirley Benner Elder Activities Coordinator 218 757 3790    


Cooks, Nett Lake 218 757 3790    

Cecilia Gonier

Cooks Aide, Nett Lake      

Pat Running Bear

Cook, Vermilion      
  ENP Aide, Vermilion      

Merrilee Connor

Family Caregiver Aide      
  ENP Worker, Nett Lake 218 757 3790