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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing Totals as of July 22, 2021:
5,282 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
5,040 Negative Tests
1 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
241 Positive Tests (110 on Reservation)

For COVID vaccinations or questions please call 218-878-3791.

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".

Fond du Lac is in the beginning stages of developing a new Reservation website and we would love your input. Please take this five-minute survey and help us build a dynamic, user-friendly website. Surveys are due by 11:59 pm on September 30th, 2021. Hard copy responses to the survey can be dropped off at the Tribal Center.

For more information or questions about the survey please call Rita Karppinen at 218-878-7596

Survey Link

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Recent Additions:
Mobile Mammogram at MNAW - August 3, 4, 5
Community Center Food Pantry - July 28

Community Notices:

7/26 New Class! Youth Gun Safety Class: With an overwhelming response to the first class, Resource Management staff has another class on August 23rd - August 27th, 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm, with field day on the 28th, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Click here for full details.
7/26 13 Moons Golf Tournament: The 13 Moons Program is holding it's golf tournament at the Black Bear Golf Course on August 20th. Proceeds will help fund the January 2022 13 Moons Powwow. Click here for full tournament details.
7/26 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Constitution Reform Committee is hosting a Community Input Meeting on July 28. Click here for full details.
7/23 Fire Update: With drying conditions spreading to Fond du Lac Reservation, and fire response resources being stretched thin from the record fire weather in the northern and western areas of Minnesota, the following new restrictions are effective starting 7/27/2021 0800; -recreational fires (3ft x 3ft or smaller) are allowed, but must be monitored at all times and must be surrounded by materials (such as a rock barrier) that are free of anything combustible. -ceremonial fires are allowed but Fond du Lac Forestry must be informed of the location and time. If you have any questions about these restrictions, Contact Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 1-269-409-1760.
7/23 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received a request for 401 Tribal Water Quality Certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activities (CGP 2022). The current permit (CGP 2017) is set to expire on February 16, 2022. General Permits must be renewed every five years. All construction sites that disturb one or more acres of ground must receive permit coverage under this permit. EPA is proposing some changes to the current permit. The more key changes are listed in the 30-Day Public Notice, along with contact information to comment on the certification of this permit. See the Public Notice by clicking here.
7/23 Warrant Resolution Event: There will be a virtual Warrant Resolution event on Thursday, July 29th, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am via Zoom. Click here for full details.
7/22 Tribal Court Notice: The Tribal Court has reopened to the public. Beginning August 1, 2021 in-person hearings will resume. Please read this Administrative Order for information about current Court operations.
7/21 Community Blood Sugar & A1C Testing: There will be a community blood sugar screening and A1Cs at the Sawyer Community Center, on Wednesday, July 28, from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
7/21 Timber Auction Notice: Fond du Lac Forestry is auctioning aspen, balsam fir and spruce, red pine, and red oak. Each will be a separate auction. 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 pay for, load and haul the wood off site within 60 days of the bid award. Bids will only be accepted from enrolled Fond du Lac Band Members at this time. Bids will be accepted until Friday, August 6th. See auction details below:
Aspen Auction Information
Spruce/Fir Auction Information
Red Pine Saw Logs Auction Information
Red Oak Saw Logs Auction Information
7/21 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28th, 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.
7/21 Community Center Food Pantry: The Community Center Food Pantry continues in July! The last distribution date is July 28. An application must be on record in order to receive your food. Distributions will be from your District Community Center, or the Jokela Rd. Warehouse for the Cloquet District. Click here for details, application, and a map of the Jokela Warehouse location.
7/19 Small Business Development Workshop: A workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs will be held on August 26 & 27 at the Black Bear Casino Resort. The workshop covers many topics including Business Planning, Market Research, and more! For full details and registration information, please click here.
7/19 New PSA from Dr. Reynolds: COVID-19 update. An update from our Medical Director, Dr. Reynolds. Click here to view the PSA.
7/19 Prevention/Intervention Family Activities: NEW! Bunker Beach Water Park activity available from July 19 - 26! FDL Prevention/Intervention has several family activities available, with more on the way! Click here to see what activity your family will enjoy next!
7/16 HOUSING LOTTERY: The housing lottery is complete and congratulations to Christopher Reynolds who won the house. Please click here to view the lottery drawing video.
7/16 PUBLIC NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received a request for 401 Tribal Water Quality Certification from the Environmental Protection Agency, Region V (Chicago) for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the discharge of hydrostatic test water associated with the Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership Fond du Lac Line 4 Relocation Project. This project will replace approximately 10 miles of 48-inch diameter pipeline with 36-inch diameter pipeline on the Fond du Lac Reservation between Arrowhead Forest Road in St. Louis County and Moorhead Road in Carlton County. Approximately 2.9 million gallons of hydrostatic test water will be appropriated from Big Lake (Township 49 North, Range 18 West, Section 21), used for hydrostatic testing the integrity of the new pipeline segment, and then discharged to an upland site. The Public Notice contains all the project details and contact information to comment on the certification. Read about it here.
7/13 TRANSIT NOTICE: Starting August the Transit department is temporarily suspending weekend rides. Click here for full details.
7/7 Minnesota Power Scam Alert: We have been notified that several Fond du Lac residents have received calls from someone stating that they are Minnesota Power. The caller is telling individuals that “if they don’t pay their power bill now, they will be disconnected tomorrow.” THIS IS A SCAM! Minnesota power will not be disconnecting until 8/2 if you have not paid your monthly payment. If anyone calls you about this, please call Minnesota Power to verify the disconnect before paying anyone. If you are behind on your bill, Minnesota power will want to set up a payment program.
7/6 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fond du Lac Band Proposes Returning EIk to Northeast Minnesota. See full press release and associated images below.
Document Link | Image 1 - Map | Image 2 - Elk
6/30 Mobile Mammogram at MNAW: The Mobile Mammogram will be at MNAW for the 14th annual screening on August 3, 4 and 5, from 8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm. Screenings are by appointment only. Click here for details.
6/25 Tai Ji Quan - Moving for Better Balance: One in four people age 65 or older has a fall each year. You don't have to be one of them. This program helps older adults improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Tai Ji Quan is held at the Cloquet Public Library, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 12th thru September 2nd. Click here for full details.
6/25 NOTICE: There will no Per Capita Advances (loans) for the year 2021.
6/16 Are Child Care Costs Too High? We may be able to help! FDL Child Care Assistance can help qualifying individuals with Child Care costs. See the flyer below for full details. If interested, fill out and return the Application as directed on the flyer.
Child Care Subsidy Flyer | Child Care Subsidy Application
6/9 COVID Emergency Rental Assistance: Eligible Fond du Lac households may qualify for emergency rental and utility assistance. This assistance will pay rental and rental utilities that are in arrears from 3/13/2020, due to COVID related unemployment, illness or other issues. Click here to visit the FDL Housing site for full details, eligibility requirements and application. Applications are due by December 31, 2021, 5:00 pm.
6/8 Free CDL Training: Duluth Workforce Development is offering a MnDOT funded grant to help women, people of color, and other disadvantaged individuals who are seeking a career in highway heavy construction pay for CDL training and get their Class A license. This grant will pay the full $4,900 cost of LSC’s CDL program, and participants will also be enrolled in WIOA Adult for career and support services. We are accepting applications now for the August 4th start date. We will be helping successful participants with placement at employers such as Northland and Ames. The deadline to apply is July 26, 2021. Click here for full details and contact information.
5/25 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Water & Wastewater Department is issuing the 2020 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1st to December 31st, 2020, which is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDW A). All water quality monitoring during 2020 met SOWA standards. See the individual reports below:
Report for Danielson Community Water System
Report for Mahnomen Community Water System
Report for Ridge Road Community Water System
5/21 Carlton County COVID Vaccination Clinics update: A handy list of vaccination clinics for ages under 18, and general information links for parents and their children has been compiled and shared by the Cloquet Schools District Nurse, Sarah Ellena, RN, LPN. Click here to see the list.
5/13 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Transit is offering free rides to vaccination and food distribution sites. Click here for details and contact information.
4/29 Woodlot update: The 210 woodlot has undergone some soil repairs and will be open with a monitor from 1-4pm each Saturday, starting Saturday, May 1st. Each permit will be good for up to 10 cords of wood in total, up to 1 cord of which can be cedar. Aspen and white pine are only available via bid. Permits are available from resource management and can be issued by the front desk (1-218-878-7101), Virginia Lord, or Alex Mehne. Permits will also be available at site from the monitor. Contact Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 1-269-409-1760 with any questions.
4/28 CARES Act Emergency Repair and Replacement Program: Fond du Lac Band members may be eligible for funding to help pay for emergency repair or replacement of stoves/ovens, heating systems, water heaters, water systems. For program details, eligibility, and an application, please click here.
4/16 Veteran Services: Velvet Linden will be performing Veteran Services until our Veteran Services Officer returns to work. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
4/14 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.
4/13 Vaccine Update: Due to recent information from health authorities, FDL will be not be administering the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine until further notice. Federal health officials on Tuesday called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, saying they are reviewing reports of six rare adverse reactions. The CDC and FDA are “recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution, until the review process is complete” the statement said. If you have been scheduled to receive a J&J vaccine, someone will be reaching out to you soon to cancel your appointment. We do offer the Moderna vaccine which is a 2 dose vaccine given 28 days apart. If you have questions, please contact your primary medical provider.
4/12 CANCELLATION NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 public safety concerns, the 2021 FDL Veterans Powwow will be cancelled.
  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)
  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.
  NOTICE: The FDL EOC and Human Services Division have released the FDL COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plan. Click here to see the plan document.
  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

  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)