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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".

Native American Heritage Month Events

Birch Bark Weaving - November 23 - 10 participants needed!

Free Cookbook and Food Sample - Tribal Center Lobby - Friday, Nov. 15, 11 am - noon

Chiefs of Comedy FREE Show - Black Bear Casino Resort - November 15

Brule FREE Show - Black Bear Casino Resort - November 29

FDL Human Services Events:

Recent Additions:
Elder Bake Sale - November 22
Elder Christmas Party - December 6
Seasonal Decorations Workshop - December 3
Elder Movie Mornings - November 24
Elder Brunch & Play - December 15
Birch Bark Weaving - November 23
Circle Keeping Presentation - November 19

Community Notices:

11/13 NOTICE: Due to a funeral, the Cloquet ENP will not serve lunch in-house, or deliver meals tomorrow, November 14.
11/4 Food Producer Training Program: The 13 Moons FDLTCC Extension Program is accepting applications for the Food Producer Training Program. This program will train FDL community members about organic and sustainable food production. Click here for details, application and contact information. The application deadline is December 15, 2019.
11/1 November Newspaper Correction: The Nahgahchiwanong Dibahjimowinnan had posted on the calendar that the Cloquet Community Center would be hosting Moccasin making classes on Mondays and Tuesdays in November. They will not be hosting them. It was posted on those dates in error. We apologize for the inconvenience. See a corrected version of the November Issue by clicking here.

What to do if you find Eagle Remains in Indian Country? The Fond du Lac Band now has a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to retain eagle remains discovered within the boundaries of the Fond du Lac Reservation. There is a process to report eagle remains that must be followed and individual Band members should report any eagle remains to the Resource Management Division or the Fond du Lac Police Department for recovery.

  • Band members should NOT pick up or disturb eagle remains as it is a violation of federal law to do so.
  • Following an investigation it is possible for eagle remains to be returned to the individual(s) who found them if they desire or the remains can be retained by the Resource Management Division for distribution to community members as appropriate.

Eagle Retention Policy Poster
Eagle Retention Policy Guidelines
Eagle Retention Policy FAQ
Eagle Retention Policy Press Release - 8-13-2019

Contact Resource Management for more information: (218) 878-7101

10/30 November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and November 14 is World Diabetes Day. The Fond du Lac Diabetes Team is raising awareness in our community to help prevent, and diagnose Type 1 Diabetes early, and educate the community about the links between diabetes and heart disease. Please see the information below to raise your own awareness!
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes Warning Signs
Diabetes and Heart Disease
10/9 NOTICE: The FDL Human Services (HSD) Institutional Review Board (IRB) has openings for two (2) members. The IRB ensures that the research activities meet ethical, cultural, and legal standards. No HSD research activities that involve human subjects, cultural, or other resources of the Band may begin prior to approval by the IRB and Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee. Interested individuals have until November 30, 2019, to apply. Click here for full details.
10/7 FDL Constitutional Convention Reform Community Input Meeting: Delegates invite all community members to come to learn more about the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Constitution Reform, who your delegates are and how this impacts you and your families. Our topic this month (October) is Enrollment/Membership. There will be a light meal and gift card drawings at each community meeting. We want to know what your opinions are!
November 26, Sawyer Community Center, 5-7:30 p.m.
9/11 The month of November brings 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.
9/9 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 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, through November 14, 1 pm - 3 pm, at Midway Town Hall, Duluth. Click here for full details.
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.
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