Jim is an enrolled Leech Lake Pillager Band Member. Jim first came to work with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council in 1995. He is currently the Cultural Resource Director. In his current role, he oversees the protection of American Indian burial sites and cemeteries across the state. Jim worked with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), US Forest Service, MN DNR, Leech Lake Reservation, and other MN Chippewa Tribes including the Red Lake Nation. Before joining the MN Indian Affairs Council in 1995, Jim was part owner and one of the general managers for All Nations Cultural Resource Preservation. This firm was 100% Indian owned and operated, and provided Cultural Resource Management services to local counties, tribes, and state agencies within the State.
Jim is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys his keeping his cultural traditions. Such as hunting, fishing, gathering Wild Rice and collecting other natural foods. Jim is a proud father and grandfather. Jim and his wife Patti of 23 years live within their community of Cass Lake, MN. Jim and Patti raised their eight children who are all adults now, and Jim and Patti are enjoying raising two of their many grandchildren. Jim is an accomplished artist and craftsman. Jim has recreated pottery from archaeological sites throughout the state and Canada. Not to mention the beautiful Birch Bark Canoes.Click here to send Jim an email