The Fond du Lac Band is one of six Chippewa Indian Bands in the state of Minnesota. 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".

News & Events:

9/20 There will be a Kid's Pool Tournament open to all Districts on Sunday, September 25, at the Cloquet Community Center. The tournament is open to youth, 17 and under. Food provided! Click here for full details.
9/20 Elder Activites: See below for various FDL Elder Activities.
Elder Movie Morning - October 9
Elder Fall Banquet at Black Bear Casino - October 11
Old Log Theatre/Mystic Lake Trip - October 23
Brunch and a Play - October 30
9/19 Moose Hunting Notice: After careful consideration of biological data indicating the moose herd has stabilized in recent years at around 4000 animals, and taking into account the traditions and cultural practices of the Band, the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee has authorized a moose hunt this fall. The season will open Saturday, September 24 and run until Saturday, December 31st or until 25 bull moose have been taken, whichever comes first. In addition to the general moose hunt by tribal members, the Band will seek to take an additional 3 bull moose for community needs.
9/19 The Fond du Lac Wisdom Steps Group meets monthly and has a schedule of upcoming meeting dates throughout 2016. The next meeting is on September 26. Click here to see the full schedule.
9/19 Fond du Lac Conservation Department will be holding an Advanced Marksmanship training for Band members who are interested in participating in the 1837 Night Hunt. The class will be held on October 17th. Click here for details.
9/15 WILD RICE UPDATE: The Resource Management Division will be purchasing “green” wild rice for $4/lb at the Natural Resources garage (32 University Road) from Fond du Lac Band members daily from 1PM-5PM. Band members may harvest rice from on or off the Reservation for sale to Resource Management. The Fond du Lac Resource Management Division in cooperation with the Minnesota DNR, 1854 Treaty Authority and the Superior National Forest conducted an aerial survey of rice stands across the FDL Reservation, Carlton St Louis, Cook and Lake Counties on August 22 and August 23. Photos of the lakes and density maps can be found on the FDL Natural Resources site. Resource Management will be purchasing rice from Leeman Lake for the time being. Check the Resource Management Facebook page for updates.
2016 On-Reservation Harvest Information and Schedules
9/14 The FDL Diabetes Program is holding its October Health & Nutrition Class on Wednesday, October 5th. Click here for details.
9/13 NOTICE: The Reservation Business Committee is seeking an individual from the Brookston District to serve on the Land Use Committee. The purpose of this committee is to advise, assist and oversee the use, protection and development of land within the boundaries of the reservation. Interested individuals should contact Jack Bassett at 879-8043 or by email
9/12 The FDL Historical Society meets monthly at the FDL Resource Management building. Everyone is welcome to bring old photos and documents to scan, and work on your family tree. The next meeting is on October 14, 2016. Click here for details.
8/19 Attention Band Members: Our involvement in the Cobell Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is still in effect. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Offers for Interests held at Fond du Lac Reservation may still be submitted. Land Buy-Back Final Round Informational Flyer Our outreach staff is here to assist landowners who own fractionated interests at Fond du Lac in learn more about the Land Buy-Back Program. If you are unsure about your land or would like to learn more about how you and your family may be impacted by land fractionation - please contact our outreach staff at (218) 878-7361 and/or Amanda Linden (612) 871-1574 or you may contact our Land Manager, Tim Krohn, at (218) 878-7128 for more detailed information. We recommend that ALL Band Members who have IIM accounts call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836 to update your information. See the Cobell Land Buy-Back website here!
8/17 1854 Ceded Territory 2016 Tullibee Netting: FDL Band members will be able to set nets for inland cisco (tullibee) again in 2016. Netting will begin on October 1st, in the 1854 Ceded Territory on lakes with cisco, except on Lake Vermilion. Lake Vermilion will open on October 22nd. Netting on all lakes will continue until ice-up conditions. Nets will be required to conform to provisions spelled out in the 1854 Conservation Code. Band members will be limited to five (5) nets each. There will be no netting allowed in Bois Forte’s portion of Lake Vermilion (maps available at Resource Management (RMD)). A list of available lakes is at the RMD Office. Additional lakes will be considered on a case-by-case basis by RMD staff. Fall netting permits are available at RMD, during normal work hours (M – F, 8:00 – 4:30). Bandmembers are required to keep a record of fishing activities and return the completed logbook to the Resource Management Division. Please call 878-7101 with questions.