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Human Services - Nett Lake

13071 Nett Lake Road, Suite B
Nett Lake, MN 55771

Office: 218-757-3295
Fax: 218-757-0109

Human Services - Vermilion

1195 County Road 77
Tower, MN 55790

Office: 218-753-2347

Health Services - Nett Lake

5219 St. Johns Drive
Nett Lake, MN 55772

Office: 218-757-3650
Fax: 218-757-0222

Health Services - Vermilion

1613 Farm Rd. South
Tower, MN 55790

Office: 218-753-2182
Fax: 218-753-2183

  • Director of Health and Human Services

    Director of Health & Human Services
    Bois Forte Health and Human Services
    5219 St. Johns Drive
    Nett Lake, MN 55772
    Office: 218-757-3295
    Cell: 218+994-1537
    Fax: 218-757-0222







  • Behavioral Health (Mental Health)

    HHS_Melissa Wright

    Melissa Wright MSW, LGSW

    Behavioral Health Supervisor/Practitioner
    Office: 218-757-3295
    Email: mwright@boisforte-nsn.gov

    Oversees and manages the Behavioral Health Department Provides psychotherapy in person or via telehealth video to children ages 6+, and adults.

    Areas of Specialization include:

    Melissa works with those that may be struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma and couple’s therapy. Melissa is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).







    Corie McKibben MSW, LICSW
    Outpatient Therapist
    Office: 218-757-3295
    Email: cmckibben@boisforte-nsn.gov


    Corie provides psychotherapy in person or via telehealth video to adults ages 18+ only.

    Areas of specialization include:

    Corie is a certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist and is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).  Corie’s clinical perspectives are strengths based, person centered, trauma informed, and she incorporates mindfulness into daily living when working with patients. Corie’s primary areas of interest and experience include helping people with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, life changes/crisis, trauma, bipolar disorder, and other serious and persistent mental illness.

    Corie is in Vermilion every Thursday.








    Keran Flynn-Kroska PhD, MS, LMFT-S
    Outpatient Therapist
    Office: 218-757-3295
    Email: kflynnkroska@boisforte-nsn.gov

    Keran provides psychotherapy in person or via telehealth video to those across the lifespan (children and adults).

    Areas of specialization include:

    Keran specializes in early childhood mental health, and is certified in Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catchup (ABC; for children ages 6 months–24 months and their parents/caregivers) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT; for children ages 2-7 years and their parents/caregivers). Keran has also been trained in EMDR, DBT, DC: 0-5 and TF-CBT.

    Keran will be in Vermilion Mondays and Tuesdays, and in Nett Lake Wednesdays and Thursdays.







    HHS Chris Scott

    Chad Scott PhD, LPCC

    Outpatient Therapist
    Office: 218-757-3295
    Email: cscott@boisforte-nsn.gov

    Provides psychotherapy in person or via telehealth video to children ages 6+ and adults.

    Areas of specialization include:

    Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Illness, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Anxiety and Stress Related Disorders, Serious Mental Illnesses and Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Dual Diagnosis (MI & CD), Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, Crisis Management and Stress Debriefing, Forensic Mental Health and Criminal Psychology.

    Chad is in Nett Lake Thursdays and in Vermilion Fridays








    Kristen "Kris" Erie

    Kristin “Kris” Erie MSSW, LICSW
    Outpatient Therapist
    Office: 218-757-3295
    Email: kerie@boisforte-nsn.gov

    Provides psychotherapy in person or via telehealth video to those across the lifespan (children and adults).

    Areas of specialization include:

    Kris has many years working in K-12 school settings with a focus on children and family services. Kris is specifically trained in DC: 0-5 and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Kris works with all ages utilizing a generalist mental health focus. Kris is in Nett Lake every Tuesday, and Vermilion Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.







    HHS Kathy Holman

    Kathie Holman
    Homeless Program Case Manager
    Office: 218-757-3295
    Email: kholman@boisforte-nsn.gov

    Kathie provides case management services within our service area to Band Members adults ages 18+ who are experiencing long term homelessness. Long term homeless is those experiencing homelessness continuously for a year or more, or 4 episodes of homelessness in the past 3 years.

    Kathie provides outreach services to those that may not meet the long-term definition who are struggling with securing affordable housing.








    Shawna Boney
    Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Worker
    Office: 218-757-3295
    Email: sboney@boisforte-nsn.gov

    Shawna provides ARMHS services to Band Member adults 18+ within our service area.
    To qualify for ARMHS services, you must have a primary diagnosis of a serious mental illness determined by a diagnostic assessment. ARMHS services work to help those struggling restore their functioning and develop coping skills to reach psychiatric stability, social competencies, personal and emotional improvements, and independent and community living skills.  ARMHS services can be provided at the office or within the clients home or community.








    HHS_Erin Danielson

    Erin Danielson

    Behavioral Health Services Coordinator
    Office: 218-757-3295
    Or text to schedule: 218-404-9167 Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm only

    Erin conducts intake for anyone who would like to access therapy services in both our Nett Lake and Vermilion locations. Erin is the behavioral health front desk support and is responsible for scheduling all therapy appointments.








  • Substance Abuse/New Moon Supportive Housing

    Pamela Hughes – Substance Use Disorder/New Moon Program Director
    Office: 218-753-2347

    Adam Vake – Substance Use Disorder Coordinator
    Office: 218-757-0233

    Katherine “Katy” Laitinen – Substance Use Disorder Counselor
    Office: 218-757-0233

    , Substance Use Prevention Specialist
    Office: 218-757-0233

     – New Moon Supportive Housing
    Office: 218-753-3131

    – Tenant Service Coordinator New Moon Supportive Housing
    Office: 218-753-3131

     – Chemical Health Specialist, International Falls Office
    Office: 218-373-0300

     –  Homeless Youth Program Administrator
    Office: 218-757-3295

  • Elderly Services Food Distribution

    Mavis Drift – Food Distribution/Elder Program Administrator
    Office: 218-757-3790

    Wendy Zika – Food Distribution – Certification Clerk
    Office: 218-757-3504

    Shirley Benner – Elder Activities Coordinator
    Office: 218-757-3790 Cooks, Nett Lake

    – Cooks Aide, Nett Lake
    Office: 218-757-3790

    Pat Running Bear – Cook, Vermilion

    Merrilee Connor – Family Caregiver Aide, ENP Worker, Nett Lake
    Office: 218 757 3790

Bois Forte
Bois Forte Tribal Government - Nett Lake

5344 Lakeshore Drive
Nett Lake, MN 55772

Office: 218-757-3261
Toll Free: 1-800-221-8129
Fax: 218-757-3312
Email: Receptionist

Bois Forte Tribal Government - Vermilion

1610 Farm Road South
Tower, MN 55790

Office: 218-753-4542
Fax: 218-753-4055
Email: Receptionist

Urban Office - Minneapolis

1308 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Office: 612-871-6618

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Urban Office - Duluth

206 West 4th Street #204
Duluth, MN 55806

Office: 218-336-1048

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