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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".

Community Notices:

5/29 NOTICE: The FDL Ojibwe School is holding a Title VI Public Meeting that will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. A Zoom link will be added soon. Click here to see the school's Title IV application. Miigwetch!
5/28 2020 Primary Election Notice: The Fond du Lac Election Office will be open special hours from June 1 - 5, to allow individuals to vote by absentee ballot. Click here for details.
5/27 Tree Seedlings Available: There will be surplus tree seedlings available to those who want them at the forestry garage, starting Friday, May 29, at 9am, available on a first-come, first serve basis. Feel free to contact Alex Mehne with questions and concerns at 1-269-409-1760 or alexandermehne@fdlrez.com.
5/20 Public Notice: Resource Management announces the availability of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the proposed Tagwii Campus Project, which involves the construction of a two-story administration building, residential buildings, parking lot, pavilion, walkways, and associated infrastructure in several phases. This FONSI is based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted for the project. The FONSI is available for a 30-day comment period. The Notice of Availability (NOA) contains the contact information to send comments.
Tagwii Campus EA
Tagwii Campus NOA
Tagwii Campus FONSI
5/18 Fond du Lac has withdrawn from the NICOA conference held between August 17-21 in Sparks, NV. We apologize for the inconvenience.
5/18 NOTICE: Effective May 18, 2020 it is now mandatory to wear a mask in order to enter the Gas & Grocery store.
5/14 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.
COVID-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy
COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy
Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy
To apply for leave under these policies, use the COVID-19 Leave Request form available here.
5/7

Gitigaan Tilling Update: Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Gitigaan program Tilling Services will not be available this year. Click here for full details.

Gitigaan May Plant Giveaway Changes: New Curbside Pickup Saturday, May 30, at the Natural Resource Garage, 8 a.m. to Noon, or until gone. Due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis, we will be taking extra precautions during our plant packaging and giveaway this year. Click here for full details.

5/7 With schools closed around the Ceded Territory in response to COVID-19, teachers and parents may be looking for resources accessible to students while they are learning from home. The GLIFWC Public Information Office has created a Digital Resource Guide that lists all of our free and downloadable content covering topics from treaty rights, history, and harvesting, to Ojibwe culture and language. Click here to see the guide.
5/5 Weekend Lunches: Parents need to call their center number by 9 AM on Thursdays. If you are/have a child (up to 17 years old) and are in need of lunches over the weekend who attends either: South Ridge, Carlton or Cloquet Schools please call your child’s District Community Center.
Cloquet Community Center: 218-878-7510
Brookston Community Center: 218-878-8033
Sawyer Community Center: 218-878-8197
4/30 FDL Human Services Essential Services Update: The Human Services Division has issued updated flyers of Essential Services they will provide the community, by department. Click here to see the flyers in a multi-page document.
4/30 Fitness Class Notice: Yoga, Get Fit and PiYo sessions are back for the Fond du Lac Community and Employees through Zoom meetings. Please email Katie Hughes at Kathleenhughes@fdlrez.com if you are interested in more information.
Yoga - Mondays 12-1pm
PiYo - Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-1pm
Get Fit - Wednesdays 12-1pm
4/28 Now Taking Applications: The Fond du Lac Band is happy to be working with ecolibrium3 for the third year to host a Food Sovereignty VISTA in Fond du Lac's Planning Division. The position is a year long term starting in August 2020. Check out ecolibrium3's website to learn more about the VISTA opportunity: https://www.ecolibrium3.org/joinvista/. The direct link to the posting at FDL can be found here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=95008&fromSearch=true.
4/27 2020 Primary Election Notice Update: Due to the change in the date of the 2020 Primary Election, the request form has been changed to reflect the new Primary Election date of June 9, 2020. If you require an absentee ballot to vote in the Primary Election on June 9, 2020, you can submit a form requesting an absentee ballot. Click here to download the Absentee Ballot Request Form, and send the completed form to General Reservation Election Board, P.O. Box 430, Cloquet, MN, 55720.
4/24

NOTICE: On Wednesday, April 22nd, the Reservation Business Committee approved Resolution #1169/20, which extends the stay-at-home order for the Fond du Lac Reservation indefinitely, and adds a curfew of 11:00 pm until 5:00 am every day. Click here to view the resolution. The original stay-at-home order is available here.

The RBC also approved Resolution #1173/20, declaring a public health emergency on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Click here to view the resolution.

4/17 Elder Meals Update:
If you are an Elder living in the Cloquet District please call the Cloquet ENP at 218-878-2661.
If you are an Elder living in the Brookston District please call the Brookston ENP at 218-878-8042.
If you are an elder living in the Sawyer District that does not receive an ENP delivered meal please call Brookston ENP at 218-878-8042.
(Due to COVID-19 and staffing, Sawyer Elders are being directed to call Brookston ENP to sign up for a lunch)
4/16 Burn Permits Notice: Fond du Lac Forestry will not be issuing burn permits until spring green-up has occurred, likely mid to late-May. This is being done to protect the health and safety of our forestry/fire crew, our community members, and to reduce the risk of wildfire. We are asking community members to please be patient and understanding as we try and reduce the risk to our staff and community members during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please call the Resource Management office if you have any questions or concerns. 878-7101. Thank you and be well.
4/14 Tribal Court Notice: Additional changes to Tribal Court operations can be found in a Tribal Court Order issued on 4/13/2020. Read the Order by clicking here.
4/9 Veterans' Relief Grants Available: Minnesota Governor Walz announced today that Minnesota veterans impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for $6.2 million in financial assistance grants from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA). MDVA is accepting applications from Minnesota veterans who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. MDVA will award one-time financial relief grants in the amount of $1,000. Click here to visit the Veterans Affairs website with information about applying for the Disaster Relief Grant, and the Special Needs Grant.