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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.


Recent Additions:
Elder Movie Morning - December 11
Elder Christmas Party: December 16
Elders Rocky Mountain High Experience - December 2

Community Notices Archive

Current Community Notices:

12/2 Elder Activities:
Rocky Mountain High Experience, A John Denver Christmas - December 2, Shakopee
Elder Show - A Christmas Carol: December 4, Encore Theatre
Elder Movie Morning - December 11
Elder Christmas Party: December 16, Black Bear Otter Creek Center
11/30 FDL T-Shirts Sale: The FDL Elder Concerns Group will be selling FDL T-Shirts on Thursday, December 15, in the Tribal Center Lobby. Click here for full details.
11/30 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7th, 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.
11/29 Housing & Community Needs Assessment Survey: It’s not too late to complete the Housing & Community Needs Assessment household survey! This survey is an important data collection project designed to compile accurate demographic, employment and housing information about FDL community members. The data collected during this survey will be used to enhance local programs and attract funding for housing and other community programs. For full information about the survey, click here.
11/28 RBC Weekly Recap: The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee is committed to increasing transparency for the citizens of the Band. Starting this week, Administration will provide a weekly recap. Click here to read the weekly recap for the week of November 21st – November 25th, 2022.
11/23 Golf Course Pro Shop Sale: The Black Bear Golf Course Pro Shop is holding it's Christmas Sale on Saturdays, December 3, 10 and 17, from 10 am - 4 pm each day. Come in for some great deals! Click here for details.
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 Request for Proposals: FDL Housing is seeking sealed bids for a Residential Renovation project located at 3568 RUSTIC LANE. Cloquet, Mn. 5720. The project will include exterior and interior remodel work. The deadline for submitting a bid is December 15, 2022, at 3:00 pm. Click here for full details.
11/18 Request for Proposals: FDL Housing is seeking sealed bids for a Residential Renovation project located at 3685 TEAL DR. Cloquet, Mn. 5720. The project will include exterior and interior remodel work. The deadline for submitting a bid is December 15, 2022, at 3:00 pm. Click here for full details.
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
11/18 Na'enimonigamig Cannery Hours: the Na'enimonigamig Cannery hours have changed to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekends and after hours by appointment only. To reserve the cannery, please email naenimonigamig@fdlrez.com or call 218-590-6263. Click here for details.
11/15 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 December 6th. 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. The December 6th meeting will have Big Water Consulting joining us, they are working on the Housing Study. Click here to pre-register for the meeting.  EDC by-laws can be accessed by clicking here.
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.
11/9 Economic Development Committee Opening: The Fond du Lac Planning Division is looking for applications for one open position on the Economic Development Committee. The Committee reviews and makes recommendations about business proposals, advises the Planning Director on matters and issues affecting Fond du Lac business, and reviews the Fond du Lac Strategic Plan and Community Economic Development strategy. All applications must be turned in by Friday, December 9, 2022. 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.
11/2 Fall Whitefish/Tullibee Netting: Netting Season for will run from Mid-October through Friday, December 23, 2022. Fond du Lac Band members can pick up a permit and a self-creel log book from the FDL Resource Management Division. This permit is valid for 14 days. Click here for full details and list of available lakes.
11/1 Stuff The FDL Squad: Bring new, unwrapped toys and help Stuff the FDL Squad on Monday, December 5. All donations are appreciated! Click here for locations, times and other details.
10/24 Chronic Wasting Disease Sampling: The Resource Management Division is beginning it’s 2022 surveillance program for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). While there is no evidence the disease is present in wild deer in the 1854 or 1837 Ceded Territories of Minnesota or on the FDL Reservation, this effort is designed to monitor for it as a precaution. Tribal hunters can receive a gift card in exchange for submitting a deer head for sampling. Click here for more information.
10/24 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Fond du Lac Police have issued a press release about an incident on September 25th, 2022. A concerned citizen called 911 to report a possible drug deal that had taken place at Pinehurst Park in Cloquet. Click here to read the full press release.
10/17 For Immediate Release: Fond du Lac Exercises Sovereignty through Enforcement Action: Enbridge Energy to Pay $1.45 Million for Violations of the Band's Environmental Ordinances and Permits. Click here to read the full press release.
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.
10/12 Ojibwe School Board Openings: The Fond du Lac Ojibwe School is seeking a Brookston and At-Large School Board Representative. Interested candidates need to submit a Letter of Interest identifying strengths and interest in becoming a school board representative. 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.
10/7 New Ojibwemowin YouTube Channel: The FDL Gegaanzongejig Language & Culture Program has launched their new YouTube channel. The channel is called “FDL Gegaanzongejig”. We will be uploading new content every Wednesday and providing language “challenges” with our videos. Click here to check out the channel, and be sure to hit the Subscribe button!
10/5 Plaques Available: Were you involved with the Highway 23 Project? Be sure to stop by the John A. Smith Memorial Building (Resource Management) to receive a plaque recognizing your ongoing commitment to the Band and care for our ancestors following the desecration of our historic cemetery. Contact Lola Overland at (218) 878-7101 to arrange a pick-up. Click here for details.
9/27 Ke go naa! Language Sessions: Come join us Tuesdays at the Anishinaabewigamig Language & Culture Center. Giwiizhaamigoo! Click here for details.
9/20 COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Shots Available: Bivalent vaccines are updated booster vaccines that protect against the original strain of COVID-19 and the Omicron variants currently circulating. FDL Human services now has Pfizer Bivalent COVID-19 Booster doses. People age 12 and up are recommended to receive a bivalent booster dose at least 2 months after their final primary series dose or last booster shot. Click here for full 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.
9/14 NOTICE: The Dental Department hours for clinical services are now 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday, with limited triage and teledentistry on Fridays from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. We hope this will be a temporary change. Click here for details.
7/25 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.
7/18 COVID Testing: The State of Minnesota, as well as the federal government, are providing free in home COVID Test kits. For more information please refer to the links below.
Minnesota COVID Tests
Federal Government COVID Tests
  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