The Fond du Lac Band is one of six Chippewa Indian Bands in the state of Minnesota. 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".

News & Events:

5/2 FDL Head Start is hosting the Community Baby Shower on Thursday, June 23rd, 4 - 7 PM, at the Head Start Gym. Click here for full details.
5/2 The Cobell Land Buy-Back Program is holding a Post-Offer Event on Monday, May 2nd, at the Cloquet Community Center, from 10 AM - 6 PM. Click here for full details.
5/2 FDL Human Services Division is holding Grief Support Groups for both Adults and Children in May. See the flyers below for details.
Grief Support Group for Children - May 2, 23
Grief Support Group for Adults - May 23
5/2 The 2016 Gitigaan Program will be holding meetings every Tuesday from March 8 - May 17. The next meeting will be on May 3, and features Soil Testing. Seed Packets are now ready for pick-up at classes. Contact Cassie Diver 878-7502 to sign-up for tilling. Click here for the class schedule through May 24th.
5/2 The Diabetes Program has scheduled the Cooking Class and Cooking with Commodities Class for the first half of 2016. The next Cooking with Commoditites Class is on May 3, and the next Cooking Class is on May 10. Click below to see the full schedules.
Cooking with Commodities - through May, 2016
Cooking Class - through May, 2016
4/29 The Diabetes Noon Groups will be held in Cloquet on May 11th, and Duluth on May 19th. See the flyers below:
Diabetes Noon Group - Cloquet - May 11
Diabetes Noon Group - Duluth - May 19
4/29 Sign up for Spring Spearing/Netting! The FDL Resource Management Division (RMD) is preparing for Spring 2016 Spearing/Netting. There are many changes this year for Band members to be aware of. The RMD is trying out a new plan for 2016 permit distribution, and there are new rules concerning netting in lakes infested with zebra mussels or spiny waterfleas. See up to date information below, plus a link for interested Band members to sign up for nightly emails on lakes and permit availability. See below also for the 2016 Spearing/Netting Lake Declarations in 1854 treaty lakes.New information will be posted as it is made available.
2016 Spring Netting/Spearing Information Sheet
Sign up for Email Alerts for Lakes/Permit Availability
2016 Lake Declarations
4/28 Recent letter offering ACH payments. Fond du Lac recently sent a letter to all vendors who received a check during 2016 a letter offering an option to receive an ACH payment in place of a check. An ACH payment is the same thing as a direct deposit. ACH stands for Automated Clearing House (ACH) and is an electronic network for financial transactions. This payment method can be used for travel advances, reimbursement expense requests, and vendor payments. Any payment we make through accounts payable can now be received by direct deposit. If you are interested please complete the form in your letter, or contact Courtney Thompson at 218-878-2668. She can answer any questions you may have.
4/27 NOTICE: The Reservation Business Committee is seeking an individual from the Sawyer District to serve on the Land Use Committee. The purpose of this committee is to advise, assist and oversee the use, protection and development of land within the boundaries of the reservation. Interested individuals should contact Jack Bassett at 879-8043 or by email Requests must be received by May 20, 2016.
4/27 The Fond du Lac Wisdom Steps Group meets monthly and has a schedule of upcoming meeting dates throughout 2016. The next meeting is on May 23. Click here to see the full schedule. Click here for local committee representatives' contact information.
4/27 There will be a listening session on the Model Food and Agriculture Code Project on Tuesday, May 24th, at Eddy's Resort in Onamia, MN. The session will cover Tribal Food Codes, Bringing Products to Market, Traditional Foods in Schools, and more. Click here for details.
4/21 The decisions are in for the two contests to the April 5, 2016, Primary Election. The hearings were both held on April 18th. See the official decisions below.
Final Decision - District I - Danielle Martineau
Final Decision - District I - Debra Topping
4/18 The official results of the Regular Primary Election on April 5, 2016 are in, see results below. A Regular Election is scheduled for June 14, 2016 for the following RBC positions: Chairperson, District I (Cloquet) Committeeperson, District III (Brookston) Committeeperson. See the announcement below for complete details, calendar, and candidate guidelines.
Primary Election Results
2016 Regular Election Announcement, Election Calendar, Candidates Guidelines.
Notice of Candidate Certifications to TEC
4/13 The Fond du Lac Historical Society meets one Friday per month, and is a great resource for tracing your family history. The next meeting is on May 20. Work on your family tree, help identify people in old photos, and more! Click here for a schedule of meetings for the first half of 2016.
4/12 The FDL Facilities Manager is accepting individual food vendors for Enrollee Day, 2016. The first 3 vendors will get a spot with power. Click here for details and contact information.
4/1 Announcing our involvement in the Cobell Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Our outreach staff is currently assisting landowners who own fractionated interests at Fond du Lac in learning more about the Land Buy-Back Program. If you are unsure about your land or would like to learn more about how you and your family may be impacted by land fractionation - please contact our outreach staff: Patti DuFault (218) 878-7361 and/or Amanda Linden (612) 871-1574 or you may contact our Land Manager, Tim Krohn, at (218) 878-7128 for more detailed information. We recommend that ALL Band Members who have IIM accounts call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836 to update your information. See the Cobell Land Buy-Back website here!
Letter from Chairman Dupuis to Fond du Lac Landowners