White Earth passes $16 minimum wage

The White Earth Reservation Business Council passed a $16 per hour minimum wage for workers on the White Earth Nation.

This encompasses gaming, White Earth-owned commercial entities and within tribal government.

According to Secretary Alan Roy, the hundreds of affected workers can expect the change to take effect on March 26.

“In many respects, White Earth Nation has now surpassed State and Federal efforts for raising the minimum wage,” said Roy in an announcement.

“The decision to raise the minimum wage for workers reflects a key value of the Tribe: supporting workers and their families.”

Roy also credited the tribe’s frugality in recent years that made the decision possible.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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