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Nagaajiwanaang, “Where the Water Stops,” is the name of the homelands of the Fond du Lac Band at the time of the 1854 Treaty. We retained this name in Ojibwemowin for the present-day Fond du lac Reservation that was established under the 1854 La Pointe Treaty. Nagaajiwanaang (Fond du Lac Band) is one of the six Bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. There are three districts that make up the Fond du Lac Reservation: Bapashkominitigong (Cloquet), Gwaaba’iganing (Sawyer), and Ashkibwaakaaning (Brookston). Today, our Band includes over 4,200 members. We have always been, and continue to be, a proud sovereign Ojibwe nation. We uphold all of our rights retained and agreed to within the 1825, 1826, 1837, 1842, 1847, and 1854 Treaties.

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Community Notices Archive

Current Community Notices:

1/31 Home Lotteries: The Fond du Lac Development Corporation will be holding a Lottery for homes located at 1780 Grey Birch Ct., Cloquet, 3217 W Moorhead Rd., Cloquet, 3647 W Moorhead Rd., Sawyer, and 3592 Rice Lake Rd., Sawyer. Applications from qualified Band Members will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21st, 2023. (applications received after 4:00 p.m. on 2/21/2023 will be rejected). See information/application documents below:
1780 Grey Birch Ct., Cloquet
3217 W Moorhead Rd., Cloquet
3647 W Moorhead Rd., Sawyer
3592 Rice Lake Rd., Sawyer
1/31 Economic Development Committee Meeting: The Economic Development Committee (EDC) meets every other Tuesday from 3:00pm – 4:30pm (currently on Zoom).  EDC meetings are open to the interested public. The next meeting date is January 31st. Please remember to register for each meeting, we need to add this layer of security because these meetings are open to the public. You may join us in person in the Planning Division Conference Room or virtually, whatever your schedule allows for. Click here to register for the meeting. EDC by-laws can be accessed by clicking here.
1/31 State of the Band: Save the Date! The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee invites Band members to the 2023 State of the Band that will be held February 16th, 2023, at 5:00 p.m., at the Black Bear Casino Resort in the Otter Creek Event Center. Come and enjoy entertainment and dinner. Vendors: If you are interested in having a vendor table at the State of the Band, please contact: Rita Karppinen at ritakarppinen@fdlrez.com
1/31 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1st, 9:00 am, and is open to FDL Band members via Zoom. Click the Zoom Link for access. The meeting ID is 847 689 6955 and the passcode is 38517. Alternatively, you can call into the meeting by calling (312) 626-6799. Either method will put you in a waiting area. Meeting access will be granted upon Band membership verification. Click here to read the agenda for this meeting.
1/30 Cultural Center February Ceremonies:
  • Men's Group (indoors due to cold) - February 1, 5:30 pm
  • Full Moon - February 5, 6 pm
  • Women's Sweat Lodge - February 10, 5:30 pm
  • Co-Ed Sweat Lodge - February 15, 5:30 pm
Click here for details.
1/30 Ojibwe Winter Games: Join us at the UMD Bagley Nature Area on February 17 for the Ojibwe Winter Games! Game will feature Gooniikaa-Ginebig (Snow Snake), Dakobijigan-Minawa Zhiimaagan (Hoop & Spear), and Apaginaatig (AtlAtl). There will also be demonstrations, and a free lunch served. Click here for details.
1/27 RBC Weekly Recap: The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee is committed to increasing transparency for the citizens of the Band. Administration provides a weekly recap RBC Member activities. Click here to read the weekly recap for the week of January 23th - 27th, 2023.
1/26 Cooking is a SNAP Classes: FDL Food Distribution and SNAP Education presents Cooking is a SNAP classes! Classes will be held at Food Distribution or via Zoom from 2 pm - 3:30 pm on the following dates: February 23, March 23, April 27, May 25 and June 22. Click here for full details.
1/23 NOTICE: The Na'enimonigamig/Cannery pages have moved from the FDL Planning site, to their own Agriculture site under Programs above. Stay tuned for more Agriculture pages and events soon!
1/18 FDL Elder Activities:
Elder Movie Mornings - Premiere Theater, 11:00 am on February 19
Chanhassen Dinner Theater - Music of Patsy Cline - March 19-20
1/12 2023 Gitigaan Classes: Mark Your Calendar: Fond du Lac Gitigaan Classes are coming soon! Starting Tuesdays, March through May from 5:30-6:30 p.m We have a great season ahead! Come learn about tribal food sovereignty through educational classes on Indigenous growing methods, soil health, seed starting and more. Classes are free, open to everyone, and will have a mix of in-person and virtual options. For updates, follow us on social media @fdlgitigaan. Click here for details.
1/11 HSAB Seeking 2 Duluth Representatives: The Human Services Advisory Board is seeking to fill two Duluth Representative seats. Must be enrolled with Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, reside off the Fond du Lac Reservation and receive services through the Center for American Indian Resources or Min No Aya Win Clinic. Click here for full details.
1/10 Minnesota Department of Health announces final offering of free COVID-19 tests: The Minnesota Department of Health today announced that four additional free at-home rapid tests are available to all Minnesota households through the state’s online ordering program. This will be the last chance for Minnesotans to get free tests before the program ends. Minnesotans will be able to order four tests per household. Order your free at-home rapid tests on mn.gov/covid19. Minnesotans can also place orders through the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Language assistance is available.
1/6 Indigenous Conservation Corps Crew: FDL Resource Management is hosting the Maajii akii Gikenjigewin (Starting out in Earth Conservation), Indigenous Conservation Corps Crew, to help interested individuals gain experience and prepare for future careers in Resource Management. The crew will be comprised of 1 crew leader and 3 crew members, and will work with FDL Resource Management staff on conservation projects such as Invasive Species Management, Wild Land Fire Suppression, Treaty Fishing, Wolf Population Monitoring and more! More information is available on the flyer here. If you are interested, apply using the following link: Join – Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa. If you have questions or concerns please contact Anthony Mazzini anthonymazzini@fdlrez.com or Kelsey Taylor kelseytaylor@fdlrez.com
1/6 USDA Livestock Disaster Assistance Program: If you have recently experienced the impacts of adverse winter weather, or would like to learn more about the USDA Livestock Disaster Assistance Program,see the links below for two informational posters.
Livestock Feed/Loss Documentation Poster
Farmers.gov Getting Started Factsheet
1/5 Adult Separation/Loss Group: The group is open to all adults who are seeking support for grief due to separation or loss of a loved one. The group will meet for 12 weeks on Tuesdays starting January 10th. Click here for full details.
1/5 Deer Hunting Notice: While deer season on the FDL Reservation and the 1854 and 1837 Ceded Territories in Minnesota has ended, hunters are reminded they can continue deer hunting in Wisconsin ceded territories until January 31st. License, tag and registration details for hunting in Wisconsin are available on GLIFWC’s website http://glifwc.org/ or by calling the Resource Management Division at 878-7155 or 878-7101. FDL hunters are reminded that in order to limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, the head and spinal column from deer carcasses may not be brought back to Minnesota. Only quarters with no part of the head or spinal column attached, or deboned, cut and wrapped venison, hides, finished taxidermy mounts or skulls and antlers that have been completely cleaned of any brain tissue may be brought back to Minnesota.
1/4 Weight Management Package: Want to lose weight in the new year and need some assistance in reaching your goal? This packaged program will provide you with the knowledge and support. Don't wait. Registration is limited. Click here for details.
12/19 Forestry Survey: What do you want Fond du Lac Forests to look like for the next 100 years? Please fill out the survey below. The purpose of this survey by the Fond du Lac Forestry Program is to gather community input to guide forest management on the Fond du Lac Reservation. These guidelines will be used in the next update to the Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP). Survey Link
12/19 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Reservation is interested in updating the Band's transportation safety plan that will assist the Band to identify safety issues in the Fond du Lac transportation network. Public safety, in particular, the safety of the transportation system has been a priority for the Tribe. The deadline for submitting a bid is February 3, 2023, at 4:30 pm. Click here for full details.
12/12 Propane Reminder: With the winter weather, there may be delays in deliveries. Please do NOT let your tank get too low and risk running out of propane. It is the customers responsibility to call in and request a fill at or around 30%. Please have driveways cleared and a path to your tank shoveled when ordering a fill. Drivers can and will refuse to deliver if your tank is not accessible. Any delivery requests that are made after 4:00 p.m. are subject to additional fees. After hours ($250.00) and same day ($50.00) fees will apply. Any interruption in service will require a leak check. This includes any report of 0% ($30.00) Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. 218-879-4869. Thank you.
12/12 Positive Indian Parenting Classes: Positive Indian Parenting Classes return via Zoom on Wednesdays in February and March of 2023! Classes focus on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values. Click here for details and class dates/times.
12/6 Community Survey about Street Names: The purpose of this survey is to rename several streets in the community commonly referred to as, "The Compound". The Fond du Lac Language Program is asking for suggestions that are common words used and that is easier to say. Click here to take the survey!
11/21 COVID Testing Kits: Governor Walz Announces New Round of Free COVID Tests Ahead of Holidays. Four additional tests per household will be available in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Minnesotans who have previously ordered tests are again able to receive four additional tests per household at order your free at-home rapid tests by clicking here.
11/18 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Indian Health Director Roselyn Tso Visits Fond du Lac. Earlier this week, Fond du Lac welcomed Indian Health Services (IHS) Director Roselyn Tso for a tour- marking the first time that an lHS director has selected a tribal facility in the Bemidji Area for a site visit. See full press release and associated images below.
Full Press Release
Image #1: IHS Director Roselyn Tso and staff met with the FDL RBC
Image #2: FDL Public Works Manager Jordan Vandal describes the Regional Water Project to IHS Director Roselyn Tso
11/18 Healthy Cooking: The FDL Dietician has posted another healthy cooking segment! See below for the video link and two recipe cards.
Cooking Segment Video
Recipe Card: Cauliflower Rice
Recipe Card: Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
11/15 Manage your Finances at The Well: The Well is a suite of services for FDL Band Members and Employees, built to help you improve your overall Financial Wellness and achieve your goals no matter your stage in life, all at no cost to you. Begin by visiting The Well and completing a short Financial Wellness Checkup. Click the “Online Learning Modules” link to register and complete your Checkup. This Checkup will personalize your experience. Answer a few quick questions and we’ll start recommending articles, videos, short online activities, and tools to help you achieve your goals. Click here for full details.
11/4 FDL Human Services PSA: Andrea from FDL Social Services Adult Services has posted a PSA about recognizing the signs of maltreatment. Click here to view the PSA.
10/14 Woodlot Update: The 210 woodlot's open hours will now be from 1pm to 4pm, every Monday that is not a holiday. If this time does not work for you, appointments can be made by contacting Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 269 409 1760. As of 10/5/2022 there was approximately 30 cords of wood available.
10/14 ARPA Round 2 Notice: Get help with your power and fuel bills with COVID-19 Assistance/ARPA - Round 2. For FDL households who qualify - you can receive $900 toward your heating bill and $900 toward your electric bill. Click here for full details.
10/11 Waterway Benefits Survey: As part of a doctoral research project that will help environmental managers understand how the community benefits from local lakes, rivers, and streams, you can receive a $10 debit cash card for participating in a 20-minute survey about your experiences with local lakes, rivers, and streams. Click here for details and survey access.
9/27 Ke go naa! Language Sessions: Come join us Tuesdays at the Anishinaabewigamig Language & Culture Center. Giwiizhaamigoo! Click here for details.
9/20 Elder Exercise Classes: Elder Exercise Classes are back at the Cloquet Community Center! Wednesdays, from 9 am - 10 am. Click here for details.
9/19 Homeowner Assistance Fund Program: The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has received funding from the United States Department of the Treasury to administer a Homeowner Assistance Fund program, designed to provide mortgage, utility, and internet payment assistance relief to Tribal homeowners. Click here for details. For a program overview and application instructions, click here.
  COVID Vaccines available for Kids age 6 mo. - 17 yrs: The COVID-19 Moderna vaccine is now available for children age 6 months to 17 years at MNAW and CAIR. Click here for full details.
  COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID 19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Click here for details on which expenses can be reimbursed, eligibility, and how to apply.
  Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative report: In June 2021, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, a comprehensive effort to recognize the troubled legacy of federal Indian boarding school policies with the goal of addressing their intergenerational impact and to shed light on the traumas of the past. Bryan Newland, U.S. Dept of Interior Indian Affairs, has written a letter addressing the Boarding School Initiative, and references a letter by Secretary Haaland. Please read both below.
Bryan Newland letter
Secretary Haaland letter
  Fond du Lac Band’s Will Affect Determination: In August of 2021 the Fond du Lac Band submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers an analysis and determination under 401(a)(2) of the Clean Water Act that PolyMet’s discharges and mining operations “will affect” the Band’s downstream water quality impacts. Click here to view the Band’s “will affect” submittal.
  EAP NOTICE: Today, Commerce EAP raised the maximum Crisis benefit from $1,200 to $3,000 to further assist EAP households struggling to pay increasing energy costs. The additional Crisis funds will help households fill their tanks and catch up on their past-due energy bills. To qualify you must have applied for and received a Minnesota Energy Assistance grant. To use the funds households must have less than 20% fuel in their tank or an overdue bill from a metered gas or electric service. No more money can be paid than the cost of the bill. If you need assistance please contact your Energy Assistance providers.
FDL E/A. Joan M @ 218-878-2658
Lakes&Pines @ 1-800-832-6082
AEOA @ 1-844-568-0149
  NOTICE: FDL Human Services has helpful information for the Community, especially teens. Please see the flyers below.
Tips for Teens: Heroin
Fentanyl Facts
Opioid Emergency, be Prepared
Suicide Prevention: Text Hotline
  Are Child Care Costs Too High? We may be able to help! FDL Child Care Assistance can help qualifying individuals with Child Care costs. See the flyer below for full details. If interested, fill out and return the Application as directed on the flyer.
Child Care Subsidy Flyer | Child Care Subsidy Application
  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reservation Business Committee approved the following three employment policies: the Covid-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy, the COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy, and the Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy. See the policies below, along with a fillable COVID-19 Leave Request form.
COVID-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy
COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy
Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy
COVID-19 Leave Request fillable form