The Fond du Lac Planning Division provides financial and administrative support to economic development projects on the Reservation. Many Fond du Lac projects have grant funds tied to them for their development and construction. Below is a list of current and past projects with a brief description of each.
Community Connect Broadband – This is an initiative with financial assistance from the United State Department of Agriculture to construct a fiber to the home network to 900 homes on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The project is moving forward with bidding and ordering fiber cable, central offices, distribution equipment and submitting licensing paperwork with the FCC.
Language and Culture Building – This is a project with financial assistance from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to build a Language and Culture Learning Center for the Fond du Lac Band. This project now has an architect which is Architectural Resources Incorporated. Also, three public meetings have been scheduled:
May 11th, Cloquet ENP from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
May 15th, Brookston ENP from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
May 18th, Sawyer Center, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
Safety Plan – The Fond du Lac Band is working on a new Safety Plan for the Reservation. This plan will provide insight on transportation related safety issues on the Reservation and will provide strategies in resolving these issues. KLJ Engineers has been hired to assist with this project.
Blandin Broadband Communities – For the past four years the Fond du Lac Band has been a Blandin Broadband Community. By participating in this program the Band was allowed access to grant funds to help pay for projects such as the App Camp at the Ojibwe School, the installation of 13 wireless hotspots, computer training, internet usage training, and PC’s for People.
Big Lake Road Trail – The Big Lake Road has been in development for several years. Funding for the project has now been secured and the engineering and right of way acquisition will be continue through the Winter of 2016. It is the hope the trail construction will begin in 2017.
Gitigaan – For the past 20 years the Planning Division has operated the Gitigaan Program for the Reservation. The program is scheduled again for the 2017 with 10 classes beginning in March to teach residents about gardening and gardening techniques.
Dual Language Signs – The Fond du Lac Reservation has developed agreement with Carlton and St. Louis Counties to develop Ojibwe and English road signs. These signs have been installed in various parts of the Reservation. Most recently, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Federal Administration has adopted guidance to allow dual language signs on state highways within Tribal boundaries.
Transportation Plan – The Fond du Lac Band hired a local agency, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, to assist the Reservation in the update the existing 20 year long range transportation plan. This plan will provide a strategy for Fond du Lac to develop road and transportation projects in the future.
WGZS Radio - Fond du Lac started a local non-commercial radio station called 89.1 WGZS “The Moon” which has been in operation since 2011.
Supportive Housing – In 2010 the Fond du Lac Band competed construction 24 units of supportive housing to the neediest population of Fond du Lac.
Veterans Housing – In 2012 the Fond du Lac Reservation finished 10 units of veteran’s supportive housing for the Band Veterans who are in need.
Assisted Living – 2010 the Fond du Lac Reservation completed the construction of 10 units of assisted to provide housing and services to the Reservation’s elders.
Cartwright Road – This was a cooperative project with the city of Cloquet that completely reconstructed Cartwright Road. This is an important transportation link for the Fond du Lac Reservation and local community.
Waterline Extension and Airport Road – This was also a cooperative project with the city of Cloquet, where the Band constructed 9,000 feet of water main to improve water quality and fire protection and the City repaved Airport Road and Trettel Lane to complete a large and much needed infrastructure project.