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".


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News & Events:

7/21 Beginning Friday, July 28, the Brookston Center will host a Family Movie Night every Friday at Sunset! This is open to all Fond du Lac Community members. Click here for full details.
7/19 The 2017 Kiwenz Ojibwe Language Camp is a 4 day long Ojibwe Language Camp held at the Kiwenz Campground in Sawyer, MN. The camp will be held this year from July 19 - 23. All are invited to learn come and learn Ojibwe Language, Culture, History and Art! Registration forms can be found on the Anishinaabemowin Events page. See links below for details.
Kiwenz Ojibwe Language Camp Flyer
Camp Registration Forms
7/17 The FDL Chairman, Kevin DuPuis, holds community meetings every Monday, 5:30 PM, at the Cloquet Community Center ENP. These meetings are a chance for the FDL Community to bring up any issues of interest. The next meeting will be on Monday, July 24th.
7/17 NOTICE: FDL Conservation will be holding an 1837 Advanced Night Hunt Qualification Class on August 12th from 8 AM to 8 PM. Interested Band members need to call 878-7155 or 878-7101 to sign up or to get more Information.
7/17 Fond du Lac community members you are invited to attend the Fond du Lac Fiber to the Home Ground Breaking Ceremony to held on Thursday, July 27, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The ceremony will be held adjacent to the Sawyer Community Center, 3243 Moorhead Road, Sawyer, MN. Click here for full details.
7/12 The 39th Annual Mash-ka-wisen Sobriety Powwow will be held on August 4, 5 & 6, at the Mash-ka-wisen Treatment Center in Sawyer. Click here for full details.
7/11 The FDL Community Health Program holds Health & Nutrition Classes each month at the Tribal Center ENP. The next class will be held on Wednesday, August 9th. Click here for the current schedule of classes.
7/10 There is a home for sale to FDL Band members. The home is located on 253 Bergman Rd., Cloquet, MN. Sealed bids will be accepted from July 1 - 31. Click here for full details.
7/7 The Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission will hold the 2017 Mikwendaagoziwag Memorial Ceremony at Sandy Lake on Wednesday, July 26th, at 9:00 AM. Following the morning ceremony, canoe across the lake to the recreation area for a ceremony and feast. Click here for full details and map of the Memorial location.
7/6 For those interested, there are several food conferences and summits happening in Minnesota and Wisconsin this Fall:
September 18th – 20th – Native Nutrition Conference in Prior Lake
October 2nd – 6th – Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay
October 25th – 27th – Food Access Summit in Duluth
7/6 FDL Community Members: We want to know what your food purchasing practices are to better serve our community members. Fill the survey out below for your chance to win a local harvest basket!
Food Purchasing Practices Survey
7/5 FDL Elder Activities:
Elder Trip to Red Wing & Treasure Island Casino - July 26, 27
6/29 NOTICE: The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be building a roundabout at the intersection of State Highway 33 and Interstate 35. Please see the links below for more information about the project and general information on roundabouts.
Specific Project Information
General Roundabout Information
6/26 The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received an application to impact 17,118 square feet of wetlands on the Reservation under the provisions of the FDL Wetlands Protection and Management Ordinance. Country Club Townhomes, LLC is proposing to construct 12 “patio” homes on Reservation Road adjacent to the Cloquet Country Club golf course. A 30-Day Public Notice has been issued to solicit comments from the public regarding this wetland permit proposal. Click here to read the public notice.
6/14 The Highway 23 project, in the Fond du Lac neighborhood in Duluth, has been stopped after human remains were discovered. The Band’s press release about the situation is available here.
6/13 The USDA has put out a new resource guide for American Indians & Alaska Natives. This guide is a tool to learn about USDA programs. Click here to view the guide.
5/17 The Ojibwe Immersion Language Table has added special summer sessions. The special sessions will be held at the Cloquet Community Center on Thursdays, from 6:30 - 7:45 PM, May 11 - August 24. Click here for details and the full schedule.
4/25 NOTICE: The FDL Water/Wastewater Department is providing drinking water, available to Mahnomen Community Water System users in three (3) 1-gallon jugs at the Brookston Community Center. We are attempting to limit water to three (3) 1-gallon jugs per day per household. We are limiting water pick-up to Brookston Community Center Hours:
M-F 8am-8pm, Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 7pm.
The department is requesting the Head of Household to be present to sign and register for all water being picked-up. If there are issues with the Head of Household being available for pick-up please arrange and coordinate further with Brookston Community Center Maintenance staff.
Information Letter from Dr. Kendall. MD
Mahnomen Communtiy Water System Disinfection By-products Presentation
For more information, contact:
Brookston Community Center Lobby Phone (218) 878-8097
Center Manager (218) 878-8048
Lead Maintenance Person (218) 878-8074
Jordan Vandal, FDL Water & Wastwater Manager, Phone (218) 878-7595