COVID-19 Testing Totals as of December 3, 2021:
7,186 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
6,731 Negative Tests
14 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
441 Positive Tests (198 on Reservation)
For COVID vaccinations or questions please call 218-878-3791.
FDL EOC Community Hotline: 218-878-7175
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".
Current Community Notices:
|12/3||COVID Testing Locations: Community Health Services Department offers saliva (PCR) testing on Mondays and Wednesdays, December 6 and 8, from 3:00 – 5:00pm at the Head Start Gym. Click here for details. When you arrive, please look for the community testing signs and enter through the gymnasium doors. Please be sure to have your Vault Health Account registration set up before attending. If you have questions about registration please refer to the testing registration document here. To find other testing locations in your area, please click here.|
|12/3||COVID-19 Booster Clinics: FDL Human Services is holding COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Clinics on December 7th at MNAW, and December 9th at FDL Ojibwe School. Both clinics required an appointment. See the flyers below for details.
MNAW Booster Clinic - December 7
Ojibwe School Booster Clinic - December 9
|12/3||RFP Available: An RFP for JDE 9.2 Software Upgrade has been added to the Fond du Lac RFPs page. The deadline for submittal on this RFP is December 3, 2021. Click here for details.|
|12/2||JOB FAIR NOTICE: We are excited to announce our 1st Annual Fond du Lac Reservation Wide Job Fair! It will be held on Friday, December 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Black Bear Casino Resort Otter Creek Event Center! Click here for full details!|
|12/2||Get Vaccinated, Get Gift Cards: Community members 5 and older who received a COVID-19 vaccine between October 21 and December 31 can get up to $50 per dose in gift cards from FDL Gas & Grocery. Click here for full details.|
|12/2||2022 Election Calendar: 2022 is a Tribal Election year. Click here to see the 2022 Election Calendar. Visit the FDL Government page for all 2022 election related documents here.|
|12/1||13 Moons Powwow: The Gitchi Manidoo Giizis Traditional Powwow will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the Black Bear Casino Resort Otter Creek Event Center. Vendor tables are available. Click here for full details.
|12/1||FDL Constitution Community Input Meetings: The FDL Constitution Input meetings for December will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays, December 8, 15 and 29. Click here for details and Zoom access information.|
|12/1||Kid's Vaccines PSA: FDL Human Services has posted a new PSA video about COVID Vaccines for children age 5 - 11. Click here to view the PSA.|
|12/1||RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th, 9:00 am, and 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.|
|12/1||Community Center Food Pantry: The Community Center Food Pantry is scheduled for December 8, 15, 29. An application must be on record in order to receive your food. Distributions will be from your District Community Center. See details, and application below.
December Food Pantry Information and Application
|12/1||Economic Development Committee Meetings: The Economic Development Committee (EDC) meets every other Tuesday from 3:00pm – 4:30pm (currently on Zoom due to COVID). EDC meetings are open to the interested public. The next meeting date is December 14th. Click here to register for upcoming meetings. Please reach out to Bruce Blacketter, EDC Chair, with any questions you may have (BruceBlacketter@fdlrez.com). EDC by-laws can be accessed by clicking here.|
|11/30||NOTICE: The Operating Engineers Union Local 49 Joint Apprenticeship Committee will be accepting applications from qualified applicants for possible selection into its registered Apprenticeship program. For details an application information, please click here.|
|11/29||FDL Head Start is Hiring: Fond du Lac Head Start has openings for several positions! Join our team! Click here for details.|
|11/24||Booster Shots PSA: FDL Human Services has posted a new PSA video about COVID Booster Shots. Click here to view the PSA.|
|11/24||NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Elder Christmas Party for this year is cancelled due to COVID.|
|11/19||RFP Available: An RFP for MNAW Imaging Renovation Project has been added to the Fond du Lac RFPs page. The deadline for submittal on this RFP is December 17, 2021. Click here for details.|
|11/18||IHS Pandemic Heroism Awards: Several Fond du Lac Human Services Department have been named in the 2020 and 2019 IHS Pandemic Heroism Team Awards. In particular, the HSD PHEP Team, Communtiy Health Services, Home Health Services, Social Services, Behavioral Health, and Substance Use Disorder Department. Congratulations and Thank You all for your hard work!
2019 IHS Pandemic Heroism Award
2020 IHS Pandemic Heroism Award
|11/16||Roads & Trails Survey: Do you have thoughts about roads or trails on the Fond du Lac Reservation? The FDL Planning Department wants your input! Take a moment to fill out the survey now: Survey Link|
|11/16||Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic: CMH had a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday, November 22nd from 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. A clinic for a second doses will be held on Monday, December 13th at the same time. To schedule an appointment, please call CMH Raiter Family Clinic at (218) 879-1271.|
|11/16||Eagle Feather Permits: As of October 1, 2021 , the National Eagle Repository started processing all eagle feather permit requests, not the regions. During the 2018 tribal consultation on potential changes to 50 CFR 22.22 regulations, Tribes identified eagle feather permit process as confusing and slow. As a result of the consultation, the Service decided to streamline the permitting process by designating the National Eagle Repository to process eagle feather requests and permits as a policy change now. This policy change includes all new applications, amendments (e.g. name change, contact information), and re-orders. Moving forward, tribal members should submit paper permit applications (Form 3-200-15a) directly to the National Eagle Repository, rather than to the regional Migratory Bird Permit Offices. Below is contact information for the National Eagle Repository including address, phone number, general email, and link to their website:
National Eagle Repository, 6550 Gateway Road, RMA, Bldg. 128 Commerce City, CO 80022
(303) 287-2110 | firstname.lastname@example.org
|11/15||FDL House Lotteries: There will be lotteries for 2 homes for FDL Band members. The homes are located on 9288 Our Road, and 408 River Road. Bids for the homes are due by 4 pm, December 17th. See the links below for information, application and home tour videos for both homes.
9288 Our Road Lottery
408 River Road Lottery
|11/8||University of Minnesota Native American Promise Tuition Program: U of MN has announced its Native American Promise Tuition Program. Starting in Fall 2022, they are expanding the Morris Campus program to the remaining four system campuses, giving substantial financial support, and in many cases completely free tuition, to first-year undergraduate students and transfers from Tribal colleges who are enrolled citizens in one of Minnesota’s 11 federally recognized Tribal Nations. For more information about the University of Minnesota Native American Promise Tuition Program, please click here.|
|11/5||Community Notice: The FDL Reservation is seeing an increase in reported drug overdoses happening in and around our community. It has hit the adult and youth population very hard. Click here to read a letter to the Community including a list of resources and contacts.|
|11/4||FDL Transit is Hiring: Fond du Lac Transit is hiring full and part time drivers, and full time mechanics, join the team for competitive wages, great benefits, work environment and hiring bonuses for certain positions! Click here for details.|
|11/2||Transit Notice: Due to increased employee shortages, Fond du Lac Transit will be temporarily cancelling the Duluth runs effective 11/03/2021. Our operational local rider hours are 5:45am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused.|
|11/2||NOTICE: FDL Human Services has helpful information for the Community, especially teens. Please see the flyers below.
Tips for Teens: Heroin
Opioid Emergency, be Prepared
Suicide Prevention: Text Hotline
|11/1||FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Do you have thoughts about roads and trails in the Fond du Lac Reservation? We want to hear them! Share your thoughts by taking our “roads and trails” survey today: Survey Link
Full Press Release | See all FDL press releases here.
|10/29||NOTICE: If you or someone you know is in need of Substance Abuse Disorder services, please contact our Tagwii staff at (218) 878-3858 for assistance. Rule 25 assessments are available!|
|10/27||Woodlot Update: The cord limit for all wood, other than cedar (limited to 1 cord per permit), has been removed from the 210 woodlot. This means permit-holders can collect as much wood that is not cedar from the woodlot as desired. Additionally, the restrictions on operating a track vehicles and loaders has been removed, meaning larger equipment can be utilized to load wood. As of Wednesday, November 3rd, the 210 woodlot will be open every week only on Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm, and Thursday, from 1pm to 4pm. For questions about the 210 woodlot, contact Alex Mehne at email@example.com or 1-269-409-1760.|
|10/25||2022 Producer Training Program: The 2022 Producer Training Program will run from March - October, 2022. Interested community members must apply by December 20, 2021. Click here for program details and application.|
|10/4||NOTICE: Due to an increase in demand, please anticipate a 1-2 week wait for immunization records from FDL Human Services. Need them sooner? Download the free Docket mobile app. It's a quick and easy way to access your records! Docket App Guide|
|9/29||Mask Wearing: The Fond du Lac Human Services Division would like to remind everyone that face masks continue to be required by all staff, vendors, and patients two years and older regardless of vaccination status. Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of the face without gaps and should be worn for the duration of your visit. If you are unable to obtain one, the Fond du Lac Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has masks available. Please leave a message on the EOC hotline at 218-878-7175.|
|9/28||Ojibwemowin Language Sessions: Join us via Zoom on Tuesdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm for Ojibwe Language learning, games and speakers. Click here for details and Zoom link.|
|9/24||NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Emergency Operation Center (EOC) still has face masks available. Please call the EOC Hotline at 218-878-7175 and leave a message with your name, number, and how many masks you need. Masks can be picked up at the Fond du Lac Transit Office located on 1659 Hwy 210 Carlton, MN|
|9/20||SURVEY: In an effort to improve healthcare access and convenience, the Fond du Lac Human Services division is implementing a new patient portal. The Human Services Quality Assurance team is requesting your input to customize the patient portal to best serve the needs of the Fond du Lac community. Please click here for instructions.|
|9/15||NOTICE: The Social Security Administration has determined that payments from ARPA funds, such as the Band's stimulus payment, will not be counted as income or resources when calculating Social Security benefits. More information is available here.|
|9/13||Timber Sale Notice: The Forestry program is auctioning aspen and white spruce. Please see the Timber Sales page for more information. Click here to see the Timber Sales page.|
|9/13||Tribal Court Notice: Until further notice, the Tribal Court staff will not be available to meet in-person. The Resource Management and Tribal Court building is currently closed to the public. Hearings will be held through Zoom. If you need to reach the Court please call 218-878-7151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Court also provides information and forms on it’s website here. Thank you|
|9/8||Child Care Needs Survey: The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and First Children First Nations Child Care Collaborative is reaching out to families across the community about child care issues. First Children First Nations Child Care Collaborative (FCFN) is working with the Fond du Lac Band on a community engagement process designed to develop right-sized solutions to address the needs of child care and early education. The Fond du Lac Band is focused on opportunities and challenges they are facing with child care. FCFN helps facilitate the conversation and provides expertise, tools, and resources to support the creation and implementation of solutions to address child care shortages in rural communities. Your participation in this survey will help guide the conversation and the combined responses will provide insights into the child care challenges at Fond du Lac: https://forms.office.com/r/zuwhjKhmsx|
|8/27||Stimulus Payment for Band Members: The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee will make a stimulus payment in the amount of $3200 to qualifying Band members. The announcement and qualification letter and payment request form are available below.
RBC Stimulus Announcement Letter
Stimulus Payment Request Form
|8/24||NOTICE: The State Opioid Response Program is available to help support and respond to Homelessness due to an opioid use disorder, past or present. Click here for details on eligibility and the type of help available.|
|8/9||NOTICE: Carlton County and St. Louis County currently are currently in the “SUBSTANTIAL” level of community transmission for COVID-19. The link provided below has an integrated, county view of key data for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The CDC states that “to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of a substantial or high transmission.” To check out your county’s transmission rate click this link: CDC COVID Data Tracker|
|8/4||NOTICE UPDATE: As of August 4th, all visitors to FDL Programs buildings must wear a mask. As of August 2nd, the Fond du Lac Tribal Center will be open to the general public. In order to protect the health of FDL employees, individuals must self-screen for symptoms or other risk factors of COVID-19 upon entering the building. Please check in with the front desk. If you are not feeling well, please stay home. NOTE: THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE COMMUNITY CENTERS.|
|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
|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.|
|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.|
|NOTICE: Fond du Lac Transit is offering free rides to vaccination and food distribution sites. Click here for details and contact information.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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)|
|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:
|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)