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:

3/22 The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Business Development Specialist, Judi Helmin, will be at the FDL Tribal Center Classroom on Wednesday, April 12, from 10 AM to 2 PM, by appointment. She can help with many aspects of business ownership or expansion, financial counseling, and more! Click here for full details, and contact information.
3/22 The next Health & Nutrition Class will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 5 PM, at the Cloquet Community Center ENP. Click here for details and the schedule of classes through June.
3/21 Now that the snow is mostly gone, burning permits are required for all non-recreational fires larger than 3x3 feet. Free burn permits for Band members may be obtained from the FDL Forestry office during regular business hours. More information from the Forestry webpage can be found by clicking here. Let’s all work together to keep ourselves, our homes, and our resources safe from wildfires.
3/20 The 2017 Gitigaan schedule is now available. The next class is Small Ruminants, and will be held on Tuesday, March 28th, 5:00 PM, at the Cloquet Community Center. Click here to see the 2017 schedule.
3/20 The FDL Historical Society presents Historical Speaker, Billy Blackwell. The event will be held on Thursday, March 23, at the Resource Management Building, Courtroom Facility, from 1:00 - 2:30 PM. Click here for details.
3/20 The 13 Moons Program is hosting a Sugar Bush Workshop on Saturday, March 25, from 1 - 4 PM. Please click here for the workshop location and further details.
3/20 FDL Elder Events:
Elder Movie Morning - March 26
Spring Elder Banquet - April 18
Midwest Music Theater Trip - April 27
3/20 There will be community meetings with the RBC Chairman, Kevin DuPuis, on Mondays at the Cloquet Community Center ENP, from 5 - 7 PM. These meetings will be for Community members to bring up any issues of interest with the Chairman. The next meeting will be on Monday, March 27th.
3/16 Elder fall prevention class “A Matter of Balance” is starting March 28th and continuing twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2, ending on April 20th. Click here for full details.
3/15 The Head Start Mini Powwow will be held on Friday, April 28th, from 4 - 7 PM at the FDL Head Start Gym. Click here for full details.
3/13 The FDL Human Services Advisory Board has a vacancy for a Cloquet Representative. The Board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. All interested submissions must be turned in by Friday, April 21, 2017. Click here for full details and submission information.
3/6 The Eviction Procedures for Housing Owned or Administered by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have been amended to provide a tribal court process for evictions. The new procedures, which are now codified as Fond du Lac Ordinance #01/17, are available by clicking here. Copies of the Ordinance may also be obtained from the Housing Division or the Legal Affairs Office. The new procedures will become effective after this notice is published in two consecutive editions of the Band’s Nahgahchiwanong Dibahjimowinnan newspaper.
3/6 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 scheduled for April 14, 2017. Click here for the full schedule of meetings.
3/3 The Men's Health Dinner, "Taking Care of Ourselves", will be held on Wednesday, April 19, from 5 - 7 PM, at the Cloquet Community Center. Click here for full details.
2/28 The Fond du Lac Planning Division is looking for applications for the new Economic Development Committee and has five open vacancies. Interested parties must turn in their application by March 31, 2017. Click here for full details.
2/28 NOTICE: Fond du Lac annual reports from calendar year 2017, that were presented at the State of the Band on February 16th, are available to enrolled Fond du Lac Band members by request. Please contact Linda Nelson by phone at 218-878-2608, or email at if you would like to receive a copy.
2/9 The FDL Resource Management Fisheries Program has two notices for FDL Band members. One refers to Fishing Permits and Logbooks for angling on Mille Lacs Lake in 2017. The other is about sign-ups for Spring Spearing/Netting. Read both notices below:
Fishing Permits and Logbooks for angling on Mille Lacs Lake in 2017
Sign-up for Spring Spearing/Netting
2/2 NOTICE: The FDL Housing Committee, an advisory board that meets monthly, has openings for a District 1 and District 3 representative. All members of the Committee must be enrollees of the Fond du Lac Band. They are appointed by the RBC to terms of four years. If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please contact the appropriate RBC member.