Human Services Program Information

Nett Lake


Bois Forte Human Services
13071 Nett Lake Road, Suite B

Nett Lake, MN 55771



or 1-800-747-1218






Bois Forte Human Services
1610 Farm Road South

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, Community Education, Referrals, Services to All Ages, Support Advocacy, and Anger management.


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.


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 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. Email


Administrative Assistant

218 757 3295


Mental Health

Honore Lehtinen

Behavioral Health/Supervisor

218 757 3295




Mental Health Worker      

Virgil Sohm

Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker     Email

Chemical Dependency

Pamela Hughes

Chemical Dependency Supervisor

218 757 3295



Majorie Villebrun

Chemical Dependency Administrative Assistant

218 757 3295 287  

Katherine "Katy" Laitinen

Chemical Dependency Outreach Counselor

218 757 3295




Chemical Health Specialist

218 757 3295


Jessica Gustafson Chemical Health Specialist, International Falls Office 218 373 0300    
VACANT Administrative Assistant, International Falls Office 218 373 0300    

Victim Services

Panda Whiteman Victims Services Supervisor 218-757-3295 279 Email
Elderly Services
Food Distribution

Mavis Drift

Food Distribution - Elder Program Administrator 218 757 3790   Email
Wendy Zika Food Distribution - Certification Clerk 218 757 3504   Email
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      

Justina Drift

Family Caregiver Aide      
  ENP Worker, Nett Lake 218 757 3790