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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing Totals as of April 6, 2021:
4,075 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
3,870 Negative Tests
1 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
204 Positive Tests (96 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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Recent Additions:
RBC Open Meeting - April 15
Food Producer Training - April 15, 22, 29
Community Center Food Pantry - April 7, 14, 21, 28
Cultural Teachings - Baby Moccasin - May 17, 18, 24, 25
Community COVID-19 Testing - April 22
Positive Indian Parenting - Thursdays, Feb-Mar

Community Notices:

4/8 NOTICE: Please watch & listen to the latest PSA from Chairman Dupuis and Dr. Charity Reynolds. They will answer questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and more! #FDLstrong! Click here to view the video!
4/8 Food Distribution Event: There will be a Food Distribution event on Thursday, April 15, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Lincoln Park Middle School parking lot in Duluth, MN. Click here for full details.
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.
4/8 Grow Your Own Food: Join the Bimaaji'idiwin Producer Training Program for weekly classes on farming and gardening, Thursdays in April, from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Classes will be held via Zoom April 15, 22 and 29. Click here for details and registration information.
4/7 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14th, 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.
4/7 Community Center Food Pantry: The Community Center Food Pantry continues in 2021! Food Pantry events will be held at each FDL Community Center on April 14, 21, 28 from 12 pm to 7 pm. Applications will need to be filled out before a community member will receive their food. Click below for program details and application.
April Details and Application
4/7 MCT Constitution Community Input Meeting: The next MCT Constitution Reform Community Input meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 14th, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm via Zoom. For an invitation, email to: delegate@fdlconstitution.org. For full details, click here.
4/6 ASPEN & WHITE PINE AUCTIONS NOTICE: Fond du Lac Forestry is auctioning approximately 240 cords of cut and stacked aspen logs, and approximately 28 cords of cut and stacked White Pine logs. The wood is currently decked in an area near Highway 210 and University Road. Potential buyers should inspect the wood prior to bidding. The winning bidder must load and haul the wood off site within 90 days of the bid award. Bids for the white pine will only be accepted from enrolled Fond du Lac Band Members at this time. All bids will be accepted until Friday, May 7th. Click below for more details.
Aspen Logs Auction Information
White Pine Logs Auction 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.
4/6 RBC Open Meeting Notice: The next RBC Open Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 15th. The meeting starts at 3:00 pm but access via Zoom will begin a 2:30 pm for FDL Band members. 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. Click here for full details.
4/5 PUBLIC NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection (OWP) has received a request for Water Quality Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 5 for it proposed renewal of its Pesticide General Permit (PGP). The permit would provide coverage for operators that discharge to Waters of the United States within the Fond du Lac Reservation for the application of pesticides in one of four pesticide use patterns of 1) Mosquito and Other Flying Insect Pest Control, 2) Aquatic Weed and Algae Control, 3) Aquatic Nuisance Animal Control, and 4) Forest Canopy Pest Control. Operators seeking coverage under the PGP will be required to submit a Notice of Intent to EPA (with a copy to OWP) before beginning the pesticide application. In addition, pesticide minimization, pest management, and other restrictions will be required for permit coverage. More details can be found in the 30-Day Public Notice by clicking here.
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.
4/1 For Immediate Release: With the generosity of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and partnership with Carlton County, 455 community members received their 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at today's event held at the Black Bear Casino and Resort's Event Center. Click here to read the full press release.
4/1 Native Job Seekers: The Northeast Minnesota Office of Jobs & Training (NEMOJT) is holding their spring job fair on April 13th and 14th this year. This is an event for Native Americans interested in working in the building trades. You will have access to several employers who are interested in hiring Native American job seekers. Click here for full details and registration information.
3/31 NOTICE: Please listen in the latest PSA from the Fond du Lac Chairman Dupuis and Dr. Reynolds about the increase of positive cases and what you can do to slow the spread! #FDLstrong! PSA Link
3/30 Spearing and Netting Season: Spearing and netting is just around the corner. Band members who would like to receive daily text/email notifications can sign up by clicking here. Once lakes start opening up for walleye spearing, Resource Management will contact everyone daily with the harvest plans for that night. You do NOT need to sign up with RMD in order to participate in spearing and netting. Signing up just ensures that you will be kept informed on a daily basis. RMD will NEVER share your email or cell phone information. Before you sign up, please verify your cell phone carrier. RMD needs this to set up your phone number in the system to receive these daily texts. If your cell carrier is not listed correctly, the daily notifications will never get to your phone. Also note that FDL EOC will likely have Covid-safety protocols in place for everyone who participates in this activity, including, but not limited to, mandatory masks while on the boat landings. Information regarding Covid safety will be shared as RMD learns more and as the season approaches.
3/30 Do you have a 16-17 year old that is interested in receiving their COVID-19 vaccine? The Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet may have Pfizer vaccines available! Please use the link below to register: https://cloquethospital.com/covid-vaccine/
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
3/25 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. April's events will take place on April 8th and 22nd 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.
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
3/23 Transit Notice: As of 3/24, FDL Transit is changing the times of the Duluth runs. Click here for details.
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.
3/19 MCT Resolutions from March 4, 2021 Special TEC Meeting:
MCT Tribe Enrollment Criteria
Resolution 31-15
Resolution 32-15
Resolution +1941
3/17 Sugar Bush Initiative Survey: This is a survey for FDL Band Members to fill out who are interested in joining our Sugar Bush Initiative. We are looking for families to sign up to be participants in our program. This week we will send out an application to those who fill out our survey. We will be doing a demonstration on our new evaporator at the FDL Language Building and a training on how to put an evaporator together within the next few weeks.
Survey Link
3/16 COVID-19 PSA from Chairman Dupuis and Dr. Reynolds: Chii-miigwech to everyone that has been vaccinated or is scheduled to be vaccinated! If you haven't, what makes you hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Do you need more information on the body's response to the vaccine? Are you wondering how effective it is? Is it safe? We want to hear from you. Click here to view the PSA video.
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 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.
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.
2/10 For Immediate Release: MN Supreme Court sides with FDL in Minntac Appeal. Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court sided with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in our appeal of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) 2018 reissuance of the Minntac Tailings Basin NPDES/SDS wastewater discharge permit. Click here to read the full press release.
2/10 Human Services Prevention/Intervention Family Activities: The FDL P/I Department is providing healthy alternative family activities for FDL Community members. Bowling at Skyline Lanes, and Skating and World of Wheels! See information on each below:
Skyline Bowling Activity Details
World of Wheels Skating Activity 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.
2/2 Woodlot Permits Available: Woodlot permits for the Brevator woodlot are available from Fond du Lac Resource Management. To obtain a permit, contact the Fond du Lac Resource Management front desk at 218-878-7101.
  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.
  Community Notice: Because of the COVID-19 shutdown of our gaming operations last summer, the RBC has taken the step to not issue advances for the first quarter of 2021. Depending on the recovery of our operations, loans may be available for second quarter of 2021.
  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)