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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing Totals as of February 23, 2021:
3,589 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
3,389 Negative Tests
2 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
196 Positive Tests (92 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
COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Requirements

Informational Links

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
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:
Community Center Food Pantry - February 24
Community Center Food Pantry - March 3, 10, 17, 24
Circle of Security Parenting - Tuesdays through Mar 16
Positive Indian Parenting - Thursdays, Feb-Mar

Community Notices:

2/24 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24th, 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.
2/24 Community Center Food Pantry: The Community Center Food Pantry continues in 2021! Food Pantry events will be held at each FDL Community Center on February 24, and March 3, 10, 17, 24 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.
February Details and Application
March Details and Application
February 24th Food Box Items
March 3rd Food Box Items
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.
2/23 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.
2/23 Make Your Money Goals Happen: A financial literacy class to help you lower your debt, boost your credit score, and more! The class will be held on March 4th, at noon and again at 5:00 pm via zoom. Click here for full details and registration information.
2/22 2021 Virtual Gitigaan: Gitigaan is back for 2021 via Zoom! Tuesdays, from March 2 - June 1, plus the plant giveaway June 5th! Additionally, there is a virtual cooking class called Cooking is a Snap held monthly. Click here for all the details and registration link!
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 Community Center Food Pantry: The Community Center Food Pantry continues in 2021! Food Pantry events will be held at each FDL Community Center on February 24, 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.
February Details and Application
February 24th Food Box Items
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.
2/19 Minnesota P-EBT Benefits: Food is available so your kids can focus on learning. The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) 2020-21 school year benefits will be coming soon! P-EBT is a temporary food benefit to families with children who would have received free and reduced-price meals if schools were open. Interested people must take action before February 28. Click here for full details.
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.
2/11 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.
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
2/8 2021 Cancer Survivorship Conference Registration is Now Available! This year's conference will take place on Saturday, April 21st, 2021. It will be an entirely virtual event to help ensure the health and safety of all attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff. This year's focus will include questions and issues that patients, survivors, and their families often face during and after cancer treatment or stem-cell transplantation. As always, this event is free of charge, but registration is required. The full agenda and registration link is by clicking here. Can't wait for the conference in April? Join us for the Thrive Series! It's free & virtual - February 2 - March 9 Learn more by clicking here. For questions regarding survivorship resources contact the FDL Cancer Outreach Worker at 218-878-2123.
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 Tuesdays and 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 Tuesdays from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, and Thursdays from 12:00 pm - 6:00 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.
1/26 TRIBAL COURT NOTICE: All Tribal Court hearings will be held remotely until further notice. Hearings will be through Zoom or by telephone. You will receive notice in the mail with details on how to appear at your scheduled hearing. Please be sure the Court has your current address for mailings. If you have not received notice, please contact the Court Clerk at 218-878-7151 or courtadministrator@fdlrez.com for assistance.
1/25 FDL TRANSIT NOTICE: FDL Transit is now collecting fares. Riders can purchase either a 10 Trip Pass, or an Unlimited Monthly Pass. Click here for full details and purchase instructions.
1/25 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, as they are experiencing a significant increase in call volume during vaccination distribution. They are in the process of completing phase 1a of our vaccine distribution plan and are receiving vaccine shipments weekly. Currently, the Fond du Lac vaccination team is looking to administer the first dose of vaccinations on the final prioritized group in Phase 1a. This group includes 18-51 year-olds with specific documented health conditions. To be eligible, you also must receive primary care at Fond du Lac Human Services Division, live in the service area, or be a Fond du Lac enrollee. Please click here to see updated specific qualifications. The health conditions listed put a person at higher risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19. If you meet the identified criteria and are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please call 218-878-2190 to schedule an appointment.
1/22 Child Care Providers Needed: FDL Social Services is looking for licensed Child Care Providers. The FDL Child Care Program can help with training, support and resources to any interested people. Click here for full details.
1/19 COVID Vaccination Update: FDL Human Services has an updated flyer about the current state of the COVID-19 Vaccinations on Fond du Lac. Click here to read the flyer.
  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)