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The Fond du Lac Band is one of six Chippewa Indian Bands that make up the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The Fond du Lac Reservation was established by the La Pointe Treaty of 1854. Archaeologists, however, maintain that ancestors of the present day Chippewa (Ojibwe) have resided in the Great Lakes area since 800 A.D. Today, our Band includes over 4,200 members. The Ojibwe name for the Fond du Lac Reservation is "Nagaajiwanaang", which means "where the water stops".


Recent Additions:

Elder Fall Banquet - October 8
Taking Care of Things Gathering - September 19
Home Energy Workshop - September 18

Community Notices:

9/16 NOTICE: This week is SEPTIC SMART WEEK 2019. The FDL Water/Wastewater Department would like to provide a friendly reminder to pump your septic tank and clean your wastewater effluent filter in preparation of fall and winter, as well as to practice good maintenance. Click here for more information.
9/13 NOTICE: The FDL Water/Wastewater department will be scheduling a community meeting, where additional water quality information and updates will be provided in greater detail. The meeting will be held at the Brookston Community Center on Wednesday, September 18th at 5 pm. All are welcome, food and beverages will be provided by the FDL Water/Wastewater Department. Click here for updated drinking water quality information.
9/12 Farmers Market Tours: Tours are available of local Farmers Markets throughout September, October and into November. Learn how to budget for meals, and discover where local foods are grown. Click here for details and a schedule of tours.
9/12 Waazh Animikaagewin: Waazh Animikaagewin is a meet and greet event to be held by the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Language department that will take place at 111 Brevator Rd. at the Anishinaabemowin Waaka’igan on September 17. The event starts at 11 a.m. and will continue until the ceremony, feast, and events have completed in the afternoon. Come out and meet the Waazhishag!
9/11 Lacrosse Clinic: In partnership with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, FDLTCC’s Traditional Arts
Program will offer Traditional Lacrosse clinics, demonstrations, and games September 27 - 28. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Click here for full details and registration information.
9/11 Tribal College Youth Leadership Program: Looking for youth (ages 10-17) to participate in a school year-long leadership program! We hope to strengthen and develop skills in leadership, communication, team-building and healthy coping. Participate in a variety of activities such as traditional lacrosse, circle keeping, yoga, and more. Applications should be submitted by September 20th. See more information and applications below.
Information Flier | Program Dates | Parent Letter & Application
9/11 The months of September, October, and November bring a special opportunity for community members interested in learning Ojibwemowin. You have the opportunity to attend an Ojibwe language table 5 nights per week. On Mondays, AICHO (202 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55802) hosts a language table from 5:00PM until 7:00PM with Ricky DeFoe. On Tuesdays, Cloquet Community Center (1720 Big Lake Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720) hosts an immersion night from 5:00PM until 6:30PM with first language speaker Tom Jack. On Wednesdays, Brookston Community Center (8200 Belich St, Cloquet, MN 55720) hosts a language table from 5:00PM until 6:30PM with first language speaker Tom Jack, artist Barbara Rodaks, and Ojibwe language teacher Sid Keller. On Thursdays, Cloquet Community Center (1720 Big Lake Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720) hosts a language table from 5:00PM until 6:30PM with artist Barbara Rodaks and Ojibwe language teacher Sid Keller. On Fridays, Sawyer Community Center (3243 Moorhead Rd, Cloquet, MN 55780) hosts a language table with artist Barbara Rodaks and Ojibwe language teacher Sid Keller. For more information on these and other community language events please contact Patricia Northrup at 218-878-8186 or patricianorthrup@fdlrez.com.
9/11 National Child Passenger Safety Week: The week of the 15th-21st is National Child Passenger Safety Week. Instead of the monthly regularly scheduled car seat clinic there will be a special event held on Saturday, September 21, to celebrate national seat check Saturday. Each attendee will receive a present, while supplies last. Click here for details.
9/9 Netting in Lake Superior: FDL Resource Management Division has been working with the State and the US Coast Guard to open up whitefish & herring netting in Lake Superior in the not-too-distant future. This planned activity will be for subsistence netting at this time. Given the added danger of setting nets on Lake Superior, the FDLRBC is requiring any interested netter to apprentice/orientation with a Grand Portage Bandmember netter. RMD has worked with Grand Portage to start this apprentice/orientation program as early as this fall (October and November). While the exact details and logistics are still being worked out, our plans are for our netters to join up with Grand Portage netters later this fall and participate and observe the fall herring/whitefish netting season. Call 878-7101 for questions. Details will be added online as they are available.
9/4 9th Annual Ganawenjigewin Maawanji’idiwin "Taking Care of Things Gathering" and Gitigaan Fall Feast: Join us to celebrate taking care of the land and learn about sustainable use of natural resources, harvesting, and gardening. Held on Thursday, September 19, 1 pm - 6:30 pm, behind the FDL Ojibwe School. Activities for all ages, food tasting, raffle, local harvest prepared dinner and Keynote Speaker Wendy Smythe, PhD-UMD Faculty.
Gathering Flyer | Keynote Speaker
9/4 Stepping On Workshop: One in four people age 65 or over has a fall each year. you don't have to be one of them! The Stepping On workshop will be held Thursdays, from October 3 to November 14, 1 pm - 3 pm, at Midway Town Hall, Duluth. Click here for full details.
8/29 On-Reservation Wild Rice Harvest Opener Notice: The Fond du Lac On-Reservation Wild Rice Harvest is open. Due to low plant densities, On-Reservation lakes will be open for "subsistence" ricing only. The first week, ricing will be open from 10 am - 2 pm. The second week, ricing will be open from 10 am - sunset. Please click here for full details abour this year's On-Reservation ricing.
8/28 Purchasing of Wild Rice: The Fond du Lac Band will be purchasing unfinished “green rice” from Band members at the Sawyer Center this fall from 12pm-6pm daily. Due to less than favorable production from our on-Reservation lakes the Band has decided to rest these lakes and only allow subsistence harvest from them. Click here for full details.
8/28 2019 Wild Rice Harvest: Aatawemegokokaaning (Perch Lake), Chi-awasonigaming (Rice Portage Lake), and Zhaaganaashiins Odabiwining (Deadfish Lake) will be open for “subsistence” ricing ONLY. The Band will NOT be purchasing wild rice from our on-Reservation lakes. Maashkiigwaagamaag (Mud Lake) and Naawonigami-zaaga’igan (Mid Portage/Jaskari Lake) will be closed to wild rice harvest for 2019. For the first week, harvest will be allowed from 10AM-2PM. Following the first week, harvest will be allowed from 10AM-sunset. An opening date for subsistence harvest will be posted online and at lake landings. Each boat must have personal floatation devices (life jackets) for each individual in the boat. Harvest Outlook- Aatawemegokokaaning (Perch Lake)- less than fair condition, low density of plants, some of the rice is too short to be harvested. Chi-awasonigaming (Rice Portage Lake)- less than fair condition, low density of plants. Zhaaganaashiins Odabiwining (Deadfish Lake)- less than fair condition, low density of plants, much of the rice is short. Click here for images of the Wild Ricing Lakes. Images updated as of 8/27/19.
8/21 Youth Essay Contest: The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is holding the 2019 IAC Youth Essay Contest open to Indian Country High School students. The contest finalists will be keynote speakers and honored at the Annual IAC Conference in Las Vegas. The essay submittal deadline is October 14, 2019. Click here for full details and entry to the contest.
8/19 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Resource Management announces the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cartwright Road Homesites. The homesites are five least lots located in a Red Pine plantation and are available for Fond du Lac Band members to lease and construct single-family homes on the southern end of Cartwright Road in Cloquet, Minnesota. The FONSI is available for a 30-Day written comment period. Information on how and where to provide comments can be found in the NOA.
See documents here: NOA | FONSI | EA
8/19 Tullibee Netting: Band members will be able to set nets for inland cisco (tullibee) again in 2019. Netting will likely begin late September in the 1854 Ceded Territory on lakes with cisco, except on Lake Vermilion. Lake Vermilion will likely open in October. Click here for full details.
8/19 ATTENTION: A Compensation Committee is being formed to discuss the compensation plan for elected officials. The committee will meet monthly during normal business hours to review the current plan and make recommendations for consideration and acceptance by the Reservation Business Committee. Any Fond du Lac Band Members interested in serving on this committee should submit their name to Miyah Danielson at 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720 by Monday, September 30, 2019.
8/9 FREE TRAINING AVAILABLE: The Tribal Technical Assistance Program in Duluth is holding free training sessions for Road Maintenance & Operations, September 24 - 27. Click here for details and registration information.

MNDNR is seeking FDL Bandmember input on the new Mille Lacs Lake Management Plan. Band members may opt to attend one of the public meetings listed below, or participate using the online questionnaire. Either way, now’s the time for FDL to participate in the planning for Mille Lacs Lake. Here is the website for our Mille Lacs fisheries management planning process, which lists public meeting details and links to an online survey: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/millelacslake/community-conversations.html

7/11 NOTICE: There is a vacancy on the Language Advisory Board, which meets quarterly each year. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by completing the application form linked below, and returning it to jeffsavage@fdlrez.com. The position is open until filled. Application Link
7/3 Mahnomen Bottled Water Grant Program: The Human Services Division Bottled Water Grant Program, has established a program to help alleviate Berkey Water Filter drawbacks, such as for families who have high water demand, where the Berkey units are unable to provide drinking water at such a high rate. The program will use ‘tenant lease holder’ information as provided to FDL Housing on the FDL Housing applications to establish a water allocation quantities and criteria for each home. It is presumed, that the FDL Housing applications have the most up-to-date and accurate information which reflects actual ‘eligible’ individuals residing in the home. For detailed information and verification form, click here.