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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Situational Update October 23, 2020:
1,691 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
1,640 Negative Tests
24 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
27 Positive Tests

CARES Electric & Heat Fund:
Fond du Lac Households qualify for assistance with their power and fuel bills. Bills must be in the name of a household member listed on the application. Applicants must supply a copy of their heating and power bill. Applications without copies of bills will be returned. Round Two application is due by November 6th. See links below.
Round One: Information Sheet | Application
Round Two: Information Sheet | Application

COVID-19 Leave Request Fillable Form

U.S. CDC web - COVID-19 page

Minnesota Dept. of Health COVID-19 page

Carlton County United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund

Fond du Lac State of Emergency Resolution 1101/20

FDL EOC Community Hotline: 218-878-7175

Social Distancing Guidelines

COVID-19 Symptoms Comparison

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".

Recent Additions:
Apple Press Demonstration Zoom Event - October 30
Health & Food Sovereignty Panel - October 23

Community Notices:

10/22 Transit Notice: Fond du Lac Transit Duluth runs will be closed Friday, October 23, 2020. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
10/22 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Human Services Division has collaborated with AICHO and created some youTube COVID-19 PSAs for the community. Click the links below to view them!
Arne Vainio, MD PSA
Charity Reynolds, MD PSA
Mary Owen, MD PSA
10/21 Burn Permits: With seasonal snow cover burn permits will no longer be required. To protect air quality and the environment, all rules regarding what can and cannot be burned still apply. Please see the FDL Forestry burn permits webpage for more information.
10/19 Drive-Thru and Home Flu Shots: Both MNAW & CAIR will provide drive-thru flu shots on dates throughout October and early November. The dates are October 27 and November 3. Click here for full details. If you are at risk for COVID-19 and still would like a flu shot, arrangements can be made for you to receive your flu shot at home. Click here for details.
10/16 Business Relief Fund Extended to October 23! The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Northspan have partnered in developing a Business Relief Fund to support businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Funding will be used to provide financial assistance to business owners who are facing significant challenges. The relief fund will provide direct grants to small businesses with 51% or greater ownership by members of the Fond du Lac Band. It targets the smallest of small businesses needing immediate liquidity to make key changes to operations and weather this storm. Click here for full details and application link.
10/15 NOTICE: Last week an unofficial “Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa” Linkedin page posted messaging that does not reflect the opinion of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee. Furthermore the Band has not endorsed any presidential candidate. The band is concerned about being included in this attempt to spread election misinformation. We are currently working with Linkedin customer support to prevent any further unauthorized statement.
10/15 Band Members living in Minneapolis area: If you are interested in a meat package please contact (call or text) Amanda Linden at 651-253-1266
10/14 ATTENTION: If you are a Fond du Lac Band member that lives in the Grand Rapids, Deer River, Cass Lake, or Bemidji area and are interested in receiving food packages please call between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. leave a message at 218-335-8586 #122 or mobile at 218-760-3170. When you leave the message please mention that you are a Fond du Lac Band member, leave your name, address, and phone number. That information will be kept to ensure the proper amount of food boxes will be made available at the distribution event. On Tuesday, October 27th, FDL Band members that have signed up will be able to pick up their food package at the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Headquarters located at 15542 State Highway 371 N.W. Cass Lake, MN.
10/13 FDLTCC Free to Apply in October: FDLTCC has announced that they have waived application fees throughout the month of October! Click here for details.
10/13 MPR Moose Story: The MPR News website has posted a story about Tribal Moose Hunts, including the Fond du Lac Band. Click here to read the story.
10/9 Food Handler and Harvester Training: Please join us for GLIFWC’s Traditional Model Food Code’s Food Handler and Harvester Training! It’s a 4 hour virtual training in 2 parts on October 26, for food handlers, harvesters, processers, food service personnel, and interested community members. Click here for full details and registration information.
10/7 NOTICE: Two news stories featuring the FDL Band's COVID-19 Response have been published on the US News & World Reports website! Click below to read the articles.
How Native Americans in Minnesota have beat back COVID-19
A State by State analysis on the impact of COVID-19 on Native Americans
10/1 NOTICE: Two intersections along Big Lake Road now look a bit different. The Tribe is working with state and county partners to install temporary street improvements to provide more comfortable spaces for people walking and biking. For full details, read the MN DOT press release by clicking here.
10/1 Grant Writing Free Webinar Series: NDN Collective and Kauffman & Associates, Inc., are partnering to bring a four-part webinar series on effective grant writing to Indian Country as a part of NDN Collective’s outreach to Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities to help them plan and implement long term recovery strategies and access resources to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The remaining dates of the webinar are Oct 29, Nov 12, Dec 3. Click here for full details.
9/30 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Resource Management announces the Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted for the FDL Streets and Utilities Project. The proposed project would replace approximately 4,300 linear feet of sanitary sewer by open trench methods, replace approximately 4,800 linear feet of water main by open trench methods, and reconstruct Loop Drive, Fond du Lac Street, and Whispering Pines Drive, including curb and gutter. The FONSI is open for a 30-day comment period, which expires October 30, 2020. The contact information to comment is listed in the NOA.
FDL Streets and Utilities EA | FONSI | NOA
9/29 NOTICE: The FDL Human Services Division has posted a COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families, Schools, Youth and Child Care Programs video on the HSD Facebook page. Click here to view the video..
9/29 FDL Comprehensive Plan Survey Extended! Prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Fond du Lac Planning Department was in the process of gathering community feedback for the Fond du Lac Reservation Comprehensive Plan. With limited in-person opportunities for discussion it is even more important to gather feedback. This plan is meant to understand the wants and needs of our community in relation to housing, environment, economy, safety, transportation, and more in order to create a series of goals for future development on the reservation. Unlike our program-oriented Strategic Plan, the Comprehensive Plan is more in line with what we want to see and where we want to see it in relation to the built environment. The feedback you provide in this survey will directly impact the way our reservation looks, feels, and grows into the future. The more people we can get to respond to this request, the more this plan will come to represent the whole of our community. We hope you will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this survey. Your answers will be completely anonymous. If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Division at FDLPlanning@fdlrez.com. Thank you. Survey Link
9/24 MN Dept. of Revenue Programs Available: The MN Dept. of Revenue has several tax refund programs that MN citizens may not be aware of. See the links below to find out of any of these programs apply to you:
Education Expenses / Education Credits
Property Tax Refund for Tribal Members
Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone
9/23 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.
9/23 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Natural Resources Program will begin mechanical removal of competing perennial vegetation at Aatawemegokokaaning (Perch Lake) on Monday, September 28. Individuals interested in manoomin harvesting in the central portion of the southern basin of Aatawemegokokaaning directly out from the boat landing should plan to do so before this time. The area slated for vegetation removal consists primarily of pickerelweed and waterlily colonies that have outcompeted manoomin. This manoomin enhancement project will continue until ice formation later this fall.
9/21 Wild Rice Harvest Update: The On Reservation lakes will remain open to harvesters for subsistence purposes from 9 AM to 3 PM daily and remain off limits to waterfowl hunting from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM daily until further notice. The Resource Management Division would like to encourage our community to begin recruitment of the next generations into activities such as manoominikewin. A sharp decline in participation has been observed over the past decade. Continuation of these culturally important activities depends upon our current and former harvesters sharing their gikendaasowinan with our young people. Please consider taking a niece, nephew, grandchild, neighbor, etc out to the lakes. A fair amount of manoomin remains on the lakes for harvesting.
9/21 Rice Harvest Update: The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee voted to temporarily modify the regulations for who is allowed to harvest wild rice on lakes on the Fond du Lac Reservation. For 2020 only, a Fond du Lac Band member may bring along anyone they choose to harvest wild rice with them. The non-Band member partner must have a State issued wild rice license or be a member of a Tribal Nation from Minnesota. Members of Tribal Nations from Minnesota will not be required to possess a State issued wild rice license and can instead simply present their Tribal Membership Identification card to Conservation Officers. Individuals under the age of 18 are not required to possess a license if they are harvesting with a licensed adult. For details on the overall rice harvest, click here.This notice will be updated as any new information is made available.To see fly-over images of On and Off Reservation Lakes, click here.
Conditions on Perch Lake were filmed on 8/20/20. Click here to see the video.
9/17 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection announces a Public Notice for a proposed Wetland Activity Permit application and 401 Water Quality Certification request from Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership (Enbridge) to construct the Line 4 Relocation Project along 10 miles on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The Public Notice is available for comment for 60-days, expiring on 16 November 2020. The full Public Notice with a complete description of the project and proposed wetland impacts is available here.
9/11 New Early Intervention Program at FDL Social Services: Gidapiitendaagoz is a voluntary, intensive, early intervention program designed to empower, strengthen, and preserve American Indian families. We service families that have been identified as having barriers making day to day life a struggle. The short term program helps parents with goal setting, resource connections, education, referrals and parent support. Click here for full details on this new program.
9/8 Bicycling Collective Interest Survey: Alexandera Houchin works in the FDL Planning Division and is seeking community input about access and interest in bicycling. She has created a survey for the community and is asking interested people to submit it. Click here for an introduction letter from Alexandera, and click here to full out the survey.
8/31 FDL Pharmacies Expanding Curbside Pickup Hours: The Pharmacies at MNAW, CAIR, and Mashkiki Waakaaigan have expanded their curbside pickup hours. Click here for full details.
8/17 NOTICE: Band members will be able to set nets for inland cisco (tullibee) again in 2020. Netting will likely begin late September in the 1854 Ceded Territory on lakes with cisco, except on Lake Vermilion. Lake Vermilion will likely open in October. Netting on all lakes will continue until ice-up. For full details click here.
7/31 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
7/9 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)
6/1 Fitness Class Notice: Want to stay fit while social distancing? FDL Human Services is holding fitness classes through Zoom meetings. Please email Katie Hughes at Kathleenhughes@fdlrez.com if you are interested in more information. Click here for details.
Yoga - Mondays 12-1pm
PiYo - Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-1pm
Get Fit - Wednesdays 12-1pm