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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Situational Update September 29, 2020:
1,359 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
1,327 Negative Tests
12 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
20 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. See links below.
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:
Virtual Mikwendaagoziwag Ceremony - September 30

Community Notices:

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
9/29 Drive-Thru Flu Shots: Both MNAW & CAIR will provide drive-thru flu shots on dates throughout October and early November. The dates are October 5, 14, 22, 27 and November 3. Click here for full details.
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.
9/23 FDL Medical Director, Dr. Charity Reynolds was selected for the 20 under 40 awards which recognize high achievers younger than age 40 from the Northland. Congratulations Dr. Reynolds! Click here to read the article.
9/22 2020 Virtual Mikwendaagoziwag Ceremony: The 2020 Virtual Mikwendaagoziwag Ceremony will be held on September 30, from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm via Zoom. Click here for full details and access information.
9/21 Business Relief Fund Extended to October 9th: 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 to read the full details and application link.
9/21 Wild Rice Purchasing: Purchase of wild rice for this harvest season has ended. The Resource Management Division and the Band overall appreciates your efforts to continue this important harvesting activity as it touches many lives. 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.
9/18 Propane Notice: FDL Propane has a Lock-In/Pre-Buy price at $1.29 per Gallon (Oct 1st, 2020 - March 31st, 2021) Click here for the Pre-Buy Contract. In the event we reach/sell 150,000 Gallons. We will stop accepting orders (no exceptions).
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.
9/17 FDL Transit Office Relocating: FDL Transit is relocating their office to 1659 Hwy 210, Carlton, MN. While relocating, FDL Transit will be closed from October 1 - 8, 2020. Click here for the full notice and adjusted hours of operation.
9/15 NOTICE: The Tribal Center has been receiving a lot of calls about September’s per capita payments. Per capita voluntary deductions have resumed this month so an individual’s balance will reflect that. For example, if an individual took out an advance in January, that individual still owes at least one repayment. Miigwech for your patience and understanding.
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.
9/9 Food Manager & Regulator training (8 hours total): This training is geared towards food managers, administration, and regulatory staff (e.g. sanitarians, tribal legal staff). The training looks deeply into the Model Food Code, methods of implementation, and provides an overview of food safety and food safety systems. The last training will be held via Zoom on Monday, October 5. Click here for full details and registration information.
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.
9/3 Do you have nutrition questions? Do you need to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol levels? FDL Human Services can provide Nutrition Counseling with safe, no contact appointments. Click here for full details and contact information.
9/2 FDL Human Services is holding an online Parenting Class called Circle of Security. This class will be scheduled based on interest from the community. Click here for details and registration information.
9/1 NOTICE: Resource Management announces the Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on an Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted for the Multiple Lease Lots Project on the Fond du Lac Reservation in both St. Louis and Carlton Counties. This EA describes multiple lease lots that have been requested by Fond du Lac Band Members for lease, plus additional lease lots that are still available to construct single-family homes. The FONSI and EA are available for a 30-day comment period. The NOA contains the contact information for commenting. NOA | FONSI | EA
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.
8/25 NOTICE: FDL Head Start and Early Head Start Programs are accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Please click here for full details and contact information.
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