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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing Totals as of May 11, 2021:
4,618 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
4,396 Negative Tests
0 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
222 Positive Tests (102 on Reservation)

To register with FDL Human Services, please complete the following forms. You can either send by U.S. mail or drop off your completed registration form and any other documentation to either Fond du Lac Human Services Registration at 927 Trettel Lane, Cloquet, MN 55720 OR the Center for American Indian Resources at 221 W 4th St, Duluth, MN 55806. Please be aware that email is not a secure way to send information over the internet. There is a possibility that information you include in an email, including attachments, can be intercepted and read by other parties besides the person or group to whom it is addressed.
FDL Human Services Registration
Certification of Tribal Enrollment
Proof of Residency
Proof of Indian Household Membership
FDL Service Area Communities
COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Requirements - updated 3/24/21

Informational Links

U.S. CDC web - COVID-19 page
Minnesota Dept. of Health COVID-19 page
Fond du Lac State of Emergency Resolution 1101/20
FDL EOC Community Hotline: 218-878-7175
COVID-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy
Social Distancing Guidelines
FDL EOC Directive

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".

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Community Notices:

5/17 NOTICE: FDL Resource Management and Tribal Court Building is now open to the public / visitors, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. A mask and screening are still required. Call 218-878-7101 if you have questions.
5/14 Mask Mandate Update: The Black Bear Casino Resort and Convenience Store properties will no longer require a mask for entry, effective Saturday, May 15th. Click here for full details.
5/13 Food Box Distribution Event: There will be a Food Box Distribution event on Tuesday, May 18, at the Head Start parking lot, from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, while supplies last. This event is open to FDL Band members, employees and community. Click here for full details.
5/13 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Transit is offering free rides to vaccination and food distribution sites. Click here for details and contact information.
5/13 Prepared Food Giveaway: There will be a prepared food giveaway at the Head Start parking lot on Thursday, May 13, from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. at the Head Start Parking lot, while supplies last. Click here for details.
5/13 Tax Credit Overview: The Income Tax submission deadline has been extended to May 17th. You may be eligible for tax credits that result in a refund. A free presentation is being held on May 27, from 9 am - 10 am. Click here for details and presentation link.
5/12 Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics: FDL Human Services is holding pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for ages 18+ at the Brookston Community Center on May 12, and the Sawyer Community Center on May 19. See details below.
Brookston Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic - May 12
Sawyer Pop-up Vaccine Clinic - May 19
5/12 Spring Clean Up Event at Supportive Housing: Join us for some Spring Cleaning at Supportive Housing on Thursday, May 27th, from 11 am - 3 pm. Gloves, trash bags and a boxed lunch will be provided, plus drawings for nice prizes! Click here for details.
5/12 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19th, 9 am, 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.
5/12 Community Center Food Pantry: The May distribution dates are May 19 and 26. FDL enrolled residents will be assigned to their community center for food distribution. An application must be completed in order to receive a food box, and it is based on one food box per household. Click here for details and application.
5/11

Providers who are having 1st dose Pfizer vaccine clinics in Carlton/St. Louis Counties: Vaccines for ages 16+.

5/11 Become a Summer VISTA: Become a Summer Americorps VISTA Associate for the Fond du Lac Band! This is a great way to serve your community this summer and make a difference! If you're 18+ and interested, click here for full details!
5/6 FDL Constitution Meetings: The FDL Delegates for Constitution reform are holding meetings via Zoom on Wednesdays in May and June. The upcoming meeting dates are May 19, June 2, 16, 30. For an invitation to the meeting, email to delegate@fdlconstitution.org. For full meeting details, please click here.
5/5 RBC Open Quarterly Meeting: The RBC Open Quarterly Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 20, at 3:00 pm via Zoom. Verification will begin at 2:30 pm. Participants will be put in a waiting room until the meeting starts. For full details and Zoom meeting ID and required passcode, please click here.
5/5 Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors Core Course: As summer approaches the desire to learn more about aquatic invasive species may be on your mind. The University of Minnesota is offering the AIS detectors core course for free to any interested members of the Fond du Lac community. With this program you will learn to identify several different aquatic invasive species, and there will be opportunities for volunteering, though it is not a requirement. If you are interested in taking the course or have any questions about invasive species please contact the Fond du Lac invasive species program at madisonbear@fdlrez.com to receive a code for registration. To learn more about the AIS Detectors core course please click here.
5/4 NOTICE: The VW Emissions Settlement Report for the 1st Quarter of 2021 is available to view. Click here to read the report.
4/30 NOTICE: The FDL Environmental Alternative Energy page is now the Strategic Energy Plan page! The page highlights the FDL Energy Vision, centered on community vitality, self-reliance, and sustainable reservation development, and the accomplishments made working toward this goal. See the new page by clicking here.
4/29 Woodlot update: The 210 woodlot has undergone some soil repairs and will be open with a monitor from 1-4pm each Saturday, starting Saturday, May 1st. Each permit will be good for up to 10 cords of wood in total, up to 1 cord of which can be cedar. Aspen and white pine are only available via bid. Permits are available from resource management and can be issued by the front desk (1-218-878-7101), Virginia Lord, or Alex Mehne. Permits will also be available at site from the monitor. Contact Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 1-269-409-1760 with any questions.
4/29 For Immediate Release: Today, the Fond du Lac Band partnered with Carlton County to provide 455 community members with their second dose of the COVID-I9 vaccine at a vaccination drive event held at the Black Bear Casino and Resort Event Center. Full Press Release | Related Image
4/29 Chief Judge Position: An RFP for the Chief Judge position in the Band’s tribal court is available here. Proposals are due on Friday, May 28, 2021.
4/29 COVID-19 Testing Clinic: The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that all school-age youth returning to school, sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks through the end of the school year. Testing, plus wearing masks and taking other precautions, such as social distancing and staying home (quarantining) when needed, are some of the best tools we have to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Getting tested regularly is the best way to know you are still healthy. In response to MDH's new recommendations we will be offering FREE saliva testing events the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. May's events will take place on May 13th and 27th from 2:30pm-5:30pm at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School Gym. Event attendees must be 18 years of age, or have a parent or guardian present. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Online registration is available here. If you have questions regarding the community testing, please contact community health services at 218-878-3732. See details by clicking here.
4/28 CARES Act Emergency Repair and Replacement Program: Fond du Lac Band members may be eligible for funding to help pay for emergency repair or replacement of stoves/ovens, heating systems, water heaters, water systems. For program details, eligibility, and an application, please click here.
4/28 NOTICE: Much like our state and country, we too were furious at the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Mr. Floyd’s murder forced the world to look at the injustice people of color in the United States of America have long suffered. Last week’s conviction is a critical step on the long road to justice and equality for all. On behalf of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa we stand in solidarity with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter Movement. [This tragedy hits close to home in so many ways. Many of our band members live in Minneapolis and to this day face pervasive racial discrimination and police brutality.] As we all work to create more equitable systems, it will get uncomfortable and at times disorienting. The time is now to give courageous voice and brave action that brings forth the change we need for our children and those yet to be born deserve. We also want to say a chii-miigwech to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison who is the lead prosecutor for this case. Ellison took the time, determination, and patience to prosecute the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent. We are grateful for his office’s hard work, and we hope the verdict can bring some measure of peace to Mr. Floyd’s family and loved ones.
4/23 NOTICE: Please watch & listen to the latest COVID-19 PSA from Chairman Dupuis and Dr. Charity Reynolds. #FDLstrong! Click here to view the video! For other great informational videos, be sure to check out the Fond du Lac Youtube page here!
4/20 Maada'ookiing Grassroots Grant Program: The Northland Foundation has a new Indigenous led grassroots grant program called Maada'ookiing - its aim is to support work by Indigenous individuals or groups. A grant opportunity offers funding up to $2,500 for Tribal citizens, descendants, or those have kinship ties or affiliation to Indigenous communities within the foundation’s geographic service area. Grants might be used for projects and activities that support Indigenous youth; strengthen access to Indigenous language, cultural, and spiritual practices; sustain Tribal sovereignty; build Indigenous economy, and more. Applications for the first round open on May 1, 2021, and will close on June 1st. For full program details and application information, please click here.
4/16 Fire Update: Drier weather is forecasted for the next several days with higher winds. As such, burning permits will be restricted until further notice. If you have any questions about burn permits, please contact the Fond du Lac Forestry Manager Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 269-409-1760.
4/16 Veteran Services: Velvet Linden will be performing Veteran Services until our Veteran Services Officer returns to work. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
4/15 COVID Emergency Rental Assistance: Eligible Fond du Lac households may qualify for emergency rental and utility assistance. This assistance will pay rental and rental utilities that are in arrears from 3/13/2020, due to COVID related unemployment, illness or other issues. Click here to visit the FDL Housing site for full details, eligibility requirements and application. Applications are due by December 31, 2021, 5:00 pm.
4/14 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Human Services Diabetes Program has begun Curbside A1C Testing by appointment. Now you can have your important A1C checks done from the safety and comfort of your car! Click here for further details and contact infomation.
4/13 Vaccine Update: Due to recent information from health authorities, FDL will be not be administering the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine until further notice. Federal health officials on Tuesday called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, saying they are reviewing reports of six rare adverse reactions. The CDC and FDA are “recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution, until the review process is complete” the statement said. If you have been scheduled to receive a J&J vaccine, someone will be reaching out to you soon to cancel your appointment. We do offer the Moderna vaccine which is a 2 dose vaccine given 28 days apart. If you have questions, please contact your primary medical provider.
4/12 CANCELLATION NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 public safety concerns, the 2021 FDL Veterans Powwow will be cancelled.
4/8 Cultural Teachings - Baby Moccasin: Learn to make baby moccasin via Zoom in 4 sessions, May 17, 18, 24 & 25. Herb Fineday Jr facilitates this Zoom class. Click here for details and sign up information.
4/6 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Social Services Department and the Oh No! 18 Program are partnering to do an independent living skills group. This group is available to youth ages 14 - 20 who have been in out-of-home placement for at least 30 days after their 14th birthday. The group meets on Tuesdays from April 27 - July 13. Click here for full details.
4/5 Secretary of Interior Interview: On March 31st, Dan Huculak, WGZS Station Manager, interviewed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the American Recovery Plan Act and its impact on tribal communities. the interview audio has been posted on the WGZS website, COVID Information page. Click here to visit the page and listen to the interview.
3/26 COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility: FDL Human Services has updated the COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility requirements for individuals seeking a vaccination. Click here for the updated requirements. (updated 3/24/21)
3/25 Vaccination Update: Please take a look at our community COVID-19 vaccination percentages. Our goal is to vaccinate 90% of our elders (ages 52+). If you are interested in receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, please call 218-878-3791 to schedule your appointment. Vaccination Percentages Update
3/23 Mind-Body Medicine Zoom Workshop: The 13 Moons Program is holding an 8-week Mind-Body Medicine workshop on Tuesdays, April 6 - May 25. This training provides individuals with the opportunity to focus on a wide variety of well-integrated, practical techniques for self-care and mutual support that affect physical, mental and emotional functioning and wellbeing. Click here for full details and sign-up information
3/22 NOTICE: The CDC has posted an article on its website about the effort of the Fond du Lac Human Services Division to help women continue to receive mammograms even during the pandemic. Click here to read the article.
3/12 WARNING: Please be aware that there has been an increase in opiate (heroin) overdoses in the community. If you or someone you know is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately. If you or someone you know are in need of assistance accessing recovery services, please contact Tagwii Recovery Center at (218) 878-3858. For more information on proper use of Narcan, please watch this video. FDL Human Services held a Facebook live session about these overdoses on March 12th. Click here to view the video from this session.
3/9 Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you. The more people who get vaccinated against COVID-19, the better it is for everyone. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 gets us closer to the end of the pandemic. See video here.
2/25 Veterans' COVID-19 Relief Grant: Minnesota Veterans who are financially impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a one-time relief grant of $1,000.00. The grant is available through March 15th, and may be extended depending on the length of the peacetime emergency declared by the Governor. See application and related documents below:
Veterans COVID-19 Programs Overview
Veterans Relief Grant Overview
Veterans Relief Grant Application
Veterans Relief Contact Information
2/23 For Immediate Release: The Fond du Lac Band exercises its sovereignty in protecting its Band Members and Resources. An incident in which a potential explosive device was thrown into a pipeline construction site within the Fond du Lac Reservation prompted a bomb threat notification and subsequent evacuation in frigid temperatures. Please click here to read the News Release.
2/22 RBC Statement about public safety incident on 2/19: Friday, pipeline protestors threw a potential explosive device onto a pipeline construction site on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The incident created widespread public safety concerns. The Reservation Business Committee, as the governing body of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, recognizes that not everybody agrees with its decision to enter into a right-of-way agreement with Enbridge for 13.2 miles within the borders of Fond du Lac. The Reservation Business Committee’s decision was carefully considered and was made through the Band’s sovereign authority. We insist that outside protestors respect that authority.
2/22 If displaced or evacuated residents from Friday’s incident are looking for support (financial or other), they can call:
Chris Anderson: 866-331-3493
2/19 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee has not met with Representative Pete Stauber regarding the matter of Representative Deb Haaland’s historic nomination as Secretary of Interior. The five tribes in the 8th district, including Fond du Lac, sent a letter to Representative Stauber on January 14th expressing our concern with his opposition to her nomination. Furthermore, Fond du Lac sent Representative Stauber our own letter on January 21st requesting him to reconsider his opposition and to consult with the Band on matters affecting Indian Country moving forward. The Reservation Business Committee has requested for Representative Stauber to meet with the entire council regarding this matter and his office responded by saying that “Stauber is only available for one-on-one calls at this time.” The Band declined the meeting and the Reservation Business Committee has not met with him since.
Click here to read the letter.
2/17 HSD Survey: If you receive services from Fond du Lac Human Services, you may receive a call from Professional Research Consultants, who are helping us gather feedback from patients. This feedback will help FDL HSD provide you with the best care possible. Click here for full details.
2/4 Debunking Sex Trafficking Myths: Listen in below to the Debunking Sex Trafficking Myths discussion with Fond du Lac Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, Renee Rote, Fond du Lac General Crime Victim Advocate, Caroline Blacketter, Commander of the MN Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, Bobbi Jo Patzernik, and Activist, and Ojibwe author and survivor of sex-trafficking, Chris Stark. Warning: this video contains conversations about sex trafficking that contain explicit language and situations that could hurt the sensitivity of victims. If you need additional assistance please feel free to call the Fond du Lac Crisis Line 218-348-1817.
Video Link
2/2 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Ages 18+: FDL Human Services is holding COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics on Thursdays until further notice. Eligible patients must be per-registered with FDL Human Services and have an appointment before getting a vaccine. Appointments can be made by calling (218) 878-3791. Registration details can be found in the dark red section of the COVID-19 UPDATES box at the top of this page. The vaccine clinics will be held at the FDL Ojibwe School Gym on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Clinics are by appointment only, no walk-ins. Please click here for full details.
  NOTICE: The FDL EOC and Human Services Division have released the FDL COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan. Click here to see the plan document. Thank you for your continued patience with our vaccination scheduling team. Click here for the latest vaccination clinic details.
  FDL Human Services Facebook Live Events: Join us for a Facebook Live Podcast on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month for Recovery Topics and Speakers, and a Community Drum Ceremony every Monday and Friday. Click here for full details and links.
  Get a Positive COVID-19 Test? What should you do next? FDL Human Services has a handy guide for your next steps. Click here to read the guide.
 

FDL COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines:

  1. If someone has symptoms and tests positive their isolation period is 10 days from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they don't have a fever for 24 hours before returning to work. (without taking fever reducing medication)
  2. If someone has no symptoms and tests positive, then isolation period starts from when they got their positive test. Isolation for a positive test is 10 days as above.
  3. If someone was exposed to someone with COVID-19 and has no symptoms they should quarantine for 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the positive person, even if there test is negative. This is guidance from CDC and MDH.
  4. If someone develops symptoms or tests positive during their quarantine for being a contact of a positive person, then they need to isolate for 10 days from that date. So for example someone may have started their quarantine on the 1st, but then gets symptoms on day 7 and tests positive that day then their isolation starts the 7th for 10 days.

COVID Exposure Guide from FDL Human Services

  No Large Scale FDL Events: The FDL Band Emergency Operations Center has met with Band health care professionals, and at this time determined it is not in the Band's best interest to allow, sponsor, or host large-scale, in-person events at this time. Read the full directive here.
See Resolution 1173.20 here
  FREE COVID-19 Testing in Duluth: A free COVID-19 saliva testing station has been set up at the DECC in Duluth, MN. Testing is available Wednesdays - Sundays. Click here for full details and testing times.
  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
  Masks and Social Distancing: During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remain vigilant in our efforts to practice social distancing, wear cloth masks to protect those around us, and wash our hands often. There are plenty of great resources to help us maintain these goals. Please see the links below for a small sample of resources, and continue to stay safe! #FDLStrong!
Protect Yourself and Others: COVID-19 - MN Dept. of Health Information site.
How to wear and remove a cloth mask safely (pdf)
Social Distancing guidelines (pdf)