Our Purpose

New Equipment for Red Lake Nation Fishery Bianca Mendoza - Wednesday, March 16, 2016
It’s the Berry Best Time of Year Bianca Mendoza - Friday, July 24, 2015
Celebration time isn’t over Bianca Mendoza - Thursday, July 09, 2015
12 Items You Should Buy at the Dollar Store Bianca Mendoza - Wednesday, July 08, 2015
2015 Red Lake Nation Fireworks Product Demonstration Bianca Mendoza - Thursday, June 25, 2015
Red Lake Fireworks to Host Display Show Bianca Mendoza - Monday, June 22, 2015
It begins with a spark Bianca Mendoza - Monday, June 08, 2015
New Deli Items at Red Lake Nation Fuels Bianca Mendoza - Monday, May 04, 2015
The Bezhigwwaabik Store Steven StandingCloud - Monday, July 28, 2014
Subway Project Summary Mitch Blessing - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our Approach

Strengthening our communities and tackling unemployment

What is the Challenge

Red Lake faces a high unemployment rate with jobs that are scarce. This challenge is more pronounced than the surrounding area, but is not unique. Nearby towns are similarly working on strengthening their local economies. Along with the unemployment rate we also have to consider the opportunities we place in the workforce as the high school dropout rate is also high. Another major challenge is having many projects running with limited staff and time.

What is Ogaakaaning Enterprises' Response

We have a responsibility to help our communities, and are using our resources and expertise to help find solutions to key challenges in the businesses. A primary focus of Ogaakaaning Enterprises' corporate responsibility efforts is working within our local communities to create and develop new job opportunities with current enterprises along with new business ventures in the near future. We would like to see investment in our workforce through training programs and higher education. Business changes take time and need to be updated accordingly so we try to use our limited time wisely before stepping into another avenue. We have a defined team and are working toward completing projects to run smoothly.


Building financial capability for our businesses

What is the Challenge

Red Lake businesses prior to 2011, when they were turned over to the business leaders of Ogaakaaning Enterprises, were struggling financially and in their management. Loose business practices and continuous Tribal Council bail outs were hurting the business growth and the financial stability of not only the enterprises but also the tribe.

What is Ogaakaaning Enterprises' Response

We are looking into further sustainable practices within the enterprises themselves. With the food businesses we practice traditional methods of harvest to preserve food and land. We also fully support the Red Lake Nation Fisheries Technical Committee in their research and recommendations regarding fishing on Red Lake.


Supporting small business development in our area

What is the Challenge

The small businesses we see in our local community lack space, goods, services, and the buying power to support the price points of our area. They are important to our economic growth and development, yet many small business owners and managers lack access to the resources they need to sustain their growth.

What is Ogaakaaning Enterprises' Response

At Ogaakaaning Enterprises our goal is simple – always do what’s right for the communities. We do our part in supporting the local business by purchasing and working together to be a strong, stable financial leader they can trust. We are committed to building lasting relationships with the local business owner and also providing the best enterprise services we have to offer. We are currently working on projects that will add space for goods and job opportunities within our Red Lake Retail sector.


Promoting sustainable investing

What is the Challenge

As Native Americans we strive to operate sustainably. We currently have no access to recycling within our businesses. With our food businesses we want to preserve the natural foods on our lands and waters for future generations. We continuously are standing up for sustainable practices within our businesses especially our Red Lake Nation Fishery.

What is Ogaakaaning Enterprises' Response

We are looking into further sustainable practices within the enterprises themselves. With the food businesses we practice traditional methods of harvest to preserve food and land. We also fully support the Red Lake Nation Fisheries Technical Committee in their research and recommendations regarding fishing on Red Lake.


Increasing transparency with band members

What is the Challenge

In the beginning stages of Ogaakaaning Enterprises there was a lack of communication causing a separation from the Tribal Government, band members, and Ogaakaaning Enterprises This caused trust issues within the community.

What is Ogaakaaning Enterprises' Response

Developing a new and improved website to highlight changes and progress within the enterprises. We are creating a better communication channel directly with managers and their staff along with a stronger line of communication with the Tribal Council. Recently we have also added social media outlets for some of our businesses to give updates and focus on customer service.