Pine County and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (MLBO) won a Local Government Innovation Award (LGIA) in the Local Government & Native Nation Collaboration Winners category. The award was presented December 7 at the Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, which co-sponsors the award with the Bush Foundation. County Attorney Reese Frederickson gave the award to the Pine County board during the regular board meeting on December 19.
The LGIA recognized the collaboration between Pine County and the MLBO in developing the C5 Juvenile Restorative Justice Program. The program incorporates restorative justice principles and MLBO culture to produce meaningful change in juveniles facing criminal charges. The program has had a 100 percent success rate of its MLBO graduates and has reduced the number of Native American children on probation and in out-of-home placement.
LGIA awards recognize schools, cities, townships, counties and Native nations who innovate to improve services, offer new services, engage the community or reduce the cost of local government. “This is one of the highlights of my career,” Frederickson told the board. “It is a Pine County award.” Pictured, from left to right, are Ramona Bird, Grants Director, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Brittany Wind, Grants Compliance Officer, MLBO; Terry Fawcett, Pine County Probation Director; Reese Frederickson, Pine County Attorney; Mike Fahey, Grant Writer, MLBO; and Katie Draper, Government Affairs, MLBO.