Reginald Miller

Reginald C. Miller has some better days than others, due to his health but this in no way confines his intellect or capacity. He is as sharp as ever and makes no bones about his condition.

Extensive government service to American Indian Tribes has been the hallmark of Reggie Millers’ career. The 37 years-plus service includes work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, military service, regional Indian services and leadership of his own tribe, the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.

Miller, who was born on the reservation, attended several schools, graduating from nearby Shawano High School and Haskell Institute, Lawrence, Kansas. Miller went to college on the G. I. Bill and studied accounting up to CPA training and also took one year of law.

When he met and married his wife Beatrice, a White Earth Chippewa, she was a nurse in Arizona. They have three children and Miller is proud that all of his children have had the opportunity to get a university education.

He began his employment with the BIA  at the Hopi Agency in Arizona. World War II interrupted that when Miller enlisted in the Navy and his wife, Beatrice enlisted in the Army Nurses Corp and was stationed in Europe. He served in the South Pacific. Both Miller and his wife enlisted on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed.

After the war, Miller was employed by the Veterans Administration in Minnesota while attending school. He returned to the BIA at the Red Lake Agency and stayed for six years.

Miller served as superintendent of the Miccosukee and Seminole Agency, Florida; the Pine Ridge Agency; and the Great Lakes Agency. He had special assignments to the Menominee Indian Tribe, Wisconsin, during termination of the tribe. He served in the fiscal department of the BIA in Washington and was auditor for the Bureau with offices in New Mexico and Montana.

Miller retired but continued to stay involved. The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council employed him as acting Executive Director and he served for four years as President of that Council. He also served as Chairman of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe.

A major problem in some government agencies is a redundancy of effort by re-inventing the wheel every time a policy decision is made from one reservation to the next. Miller has been a pivotal player in tribal policy making over the years and has not wasted his time. "One of the greatest pleasures I have derived from work is taking the things that helped one tribe and give them to another tribe," said Miller.

Miller enjoys his retirement, his family, travel and also considered himself to be a duffer golfer.

One of the awards that hang on the wall of Miller’s home is a plaque from the Four State Regional Tribal Assembly (now known as Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes). The Award is a Certificate of Recognition and Acknowledgement to "R.C. Miller for his many contributions to institutionalizing the inherent rights and authorities of tribal government, and his lifelong efforts directed toward the improvement in the quality of life of Native American people nationally." In any event, the tribe can be as proud of Miller’s accomplishments as the many organizations he has served.