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Nagaajiwanaang, “Where the Water Stops,” is the name of the homelands of the Fond du Lac Band at the time of the 1854 Treaty. We retained this name in Ojibwemowin for the present-day Fond du lac Reservation that was established under the 1854 La Pointe Treaty. Nagaajiwanaang (Fond du Lac Band) is one of the six Bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. There are three districts that make up the Fond du Lac Reservation: Bapashkominitigong (Cloquet), Gwaaba’iganing (Sawyer), and Ashkibwaakaaning (Brookston). Today, our Band includes over 4,200 members. We have always been, and continue to be, a proud sovereign Ojibwe nation. We uphold all of our rights retained and agreed to within the 1825, 1826, 1837, 1842, 1847, and 1854 Treaties.


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Community Notices Archive

Current Community Notices:

8/11 FDL Reclamation Celebration: The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa invites you to celebrate the return and protection of Wisconsin Point's Sacred Sites on August 18, 2022 at Black Bear Casino Resort, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Near the Superior entry lighthouse at Wisconsin Point, a stone marker states: “Here was the burial ground of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa people dating from the 17th century. It was removed in 1919 to St. Francis cemetery, Superior.” Approximately 180 remains from the most identifiable graves were disinterred, including at least one chief– Chief Joseph Osaugie (1802-1876) and placed in a mass grave near St. Francis Xavier cemetery, on the Nemadji River. We are honoring the generations of proud Anishinaabe people and their tireless work that has set the stage to make this historic signing possible. This event will require registration for all attendees. Click here to register. Click here for further details.
8/13 Community Event: Community Members are invited to the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) between August 12 and August 18! Click here for more information!
8/9 Notice: Please remember to check your propane tanks now and make sure you have propane for the upcoming winter. Click here for more details.
8/3 Notice: Calling all local Entrepreneurs! There will be the first ever Innovate 218 Networking Event held on Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 at 4:00pm at the Carlton County Street Car Kitchen & Pub! Click here for full details!
8/3 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Water and Wastewater Department is requesting quotes for work to be completed on the construction of a private well for a homeowner. This includes, but is not limited to, installation of a new private well, installation of submersible pump, drop pipe, electrical cable, controls, pressure tank service line, and pitless adapter unit. Well is to be 120 feet in depth. The deadline for submitting a bid is August 17, 2022, 12:00 pm. Click here for full details and documentation.
8/3 Press Release: A press release regarding the incident on July 31st, 2022 in Brookston is now available. Click here to view the statement. You may find information regarding the Minnesota Statute on Law Enforcement Data here.
8/2 Community Night Out: This Thursday, August 4th, the Community will be hosting a Community Night Out starting at 5:00 p.m. at the baseball field on Reservation Road. Click here for full details!
8/2 COVID Vaccines Clinic for Kids 6mo - 5 years: The COVID-19 Moderna vaccine is being provided for children ages 6 months through 5 years. Appointment required, clinic held at the Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital this Wednesday, August 3rd. Click here for full details.
8/2 GreenCorps position opening at FDL Resource Management: Are you interested in exploring an environmental career and assisting FDL Resource Management with their sustainability projects? Apply to be a MN GreenCorps member today and choose Fond du Lac as your preferred host site! Applications are due Friday, August 19th and interested applicants should click here to learn more about the program and apply online. Additional details can be found here.
If you have questions about the position, contact Anthony Mazzini, Environmental Outreach coordinator at anthonymazzini@fdlrez.com or 218-878-7112.
8/2 Notice: The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will be accepting bids from qualified entities or individuals to process wild rice this coming fall. Bids will be accepted via email until 4pm, August 18, 2022. For more information click here.
7/29 Nagaajiwanaang Language Camp: The first day of the FDL Language Camp will be on Saturday, July 30th at the Anishinaabewigamig Language & Culture Center. Giwiizhaamigoo! Click here for details.
7/29 Due to the overwhelming pain that our community is experiencing at this time, if you would like to sit with or talk to an elder, community member, or mental health professional, please feel free to stop by the Cultural Center (located across from the Tribal Center) Thursday & Friday, July 28 & 29, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. If you or someone you know are in need please stop by or reach out. Crises don’t happen between business hours, you can also use any of the following resources:
  • 988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
    • Thoughts of suicide
    • Mental health or substance use crisis, or
    • Any other kind of emotion distress People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. 988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
  • Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
  • FDL Human Services Behavioral Health/SUD Resource Guide
7/28 SAVE THE DATE: You are invited to the commemoration of the completion of the memorial at Nagaajiwanaang Jiibayakamigong 'The Cemetery at Nagaajiwanaang'. This event will serve as a public and community commemoration of the completion of the memorial following the disturbance that was caused by the Minnesota Department of Transportation during the construction of Highway 23 in 2017. The event will be held on Friday, September 30th, 11 am - 4 pm. Click here for details.
7/28 Attention FDL Human Services Patients: Optical Services will be closed Friday, July 29th and Monday, August 1st. X-Ray services will be closed Monday, August 22nd through Friday, August 26th. We apologize for any inconvenience.
7/28 Request for Proposals: Fond du Lac Reservation on behalf of the Black Bear Casino Resort is bidding work to engineer and coordinate refit of the existing server room located at Black Bear Casino. The existing server room has become too small and inadequate for day to day operations. The existing cooling system is inadequate for the dedicated space as well due to various issues, sizing, ducting, room geometry, etc. The deadline for submitting a bid is August 19, 2022, 12:00 pm. Click here for full details and documentation.
7/27 NOTICE: The NextGen Patient Portal will no longer be available for use after Friday, July 29th. The new MyFDLHealth Patient Portal will be active on Monday, August 15th. Click here for details.
7/27 NOTICE: Food Distribution will be closed Thursday July 28th at 11:30am, and will re-open Monday August 1st at 8:30am. We apologize for any inconvenience.
7/27 RBC Meeting Notice Update: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3rd, 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.
7/27 Finger Weaving Demonstration: Mezinaanakwad (Dennis White) will be here to share his artform of finger weaving. Come out and see and hear about the techniques he uses to create bags, sashes, and more. The demonstration will be held on Friday, August 5, 6pm - 8pm, at the FDL Anishinaabewigamig Language & Culture Center. Click here for full details.
7/27 Mash Ka Wisen Powwow: The 44th Annual Mash Ka Wisen Sobriety Powwow will be held August 5-7 in Sawyer, MN. Camping is available for the Powwow, and all are welcome! Click here for full details.
7/26 FDL Transit Update: The Duluth Run is back starting August 1st, 3 runs per day are available! For details, hours, and COVID related information, please click here.
7/26 Economic Development Committee Meeting: The Economic Development Committee (EDC) meets every other Tuesday from 3:00pm – 4:30pm (currently on Zoom).  EDC meetings are open to the interested public. The next meeting date is August 9th. 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.
7/25 Gitigaan Wiikondiwag: The Farm Harvest Feast will be held on Saturday, August 27th, 1 pm - 7 pm, at the Gitigaaning Farm on Cary Rd. This event features Lacrosse, Producer Market, Farm Tour and Feast. Click here for full details.
7/25 SAVE THE DATE: The 2022 Ganawenjigewin Maawanji’idiwin, Taking Care of Things Gathering will be held on Tuesday, September 13th, 1 pm - 6 pm, in the Powwow Arbor behind the Ojibwe School. Click here for initial details.
7/25 COVID Vaccines available for Kids age 6 mo. - 17 yrs: The COVID-19 Moderna vaccine is now available for children age 6 months to 17 years at MNAW and CAIR. Click here for full details.
7/25 Tagwii Grand Opening: The community is invited to celebrate the Grand Opening, of the Tagwii Recovery Center and Residential Program. The Grand Opening will be held Friday, August 5th, from 1 pm - 4 pm. Click here for details.
7/22 Black Bear Casino Resort Sale/Auction: The sale and auction will be held at the Black Bear Casino Resort in the old hotel. There will be a Band Member Only sale on August 1st, then General Tag Sale on August 9-10, and a General Auction on August 11th. Click here for full details.
7/21 Sandy Lake Memorial Ceremony: This year’s Mikwendaagoziwag Memorial Annual Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27th at the Memorial, located at the Army Corps of Engineers Sandy Lake Recreational Area near McGregor, Minnesota. Click here for full details and map.
7/20 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Development Corporation is seeking proposals for the removal and disposal of the Hazardous waste identified in the Black Bear Hotel regulated waste survey 7 /20/22. All work must be conducted by licensed contractor, in accordance to the MOH and MPCA regulations for the identified work. Contractors responsible to provide statement of satisfaction to the owner once all product and materials have been removed, disposed of correctly and that any and all paper work has been submitted to regulating authorities. The deadline for submitting a bid is August 1, 2022, 10:00 am. Click here for full details and documentation.
7/19 NOTICE: On August 3, the CN Incident Management Team (IMT) will be conducting a concurrent equipment deployment exercise (DPX) and table-top exercise (TTX) at the St. Louis River – “HWY-2 Boat Launch” in Stoney Brook Township, Minn. The groups involved in the exercise will be the CN IMT (CN Environment and Dangerous Goods Departments, local CN personnel, and/or contracted IMT members) as well as CN Response Contractors - NRC / US Ecology (and their Independent Contractor Network). Click here to read the CN Training Manual for this exercise.
7/18 COVID Testing: The State of Minnesota, as well as the federal government, are providing free in home COVID Test kits. For more information please refer to the links below.
Minnesota COVID Tests
Federal Government COVID Tests
7/18 NOTICE: The Cloquet Community Center will be closed for 2 weeks from Monday 7/18/22 through Friday 7/29/22 for floor renovation. We apologize for the short notice and for any inconvenience this may have caused.
7/15 For Immediate Release: The Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa filed a landmark Clean Water Act lawsuit against the EPA in federal court. At issue in the case is EPA Region 5’s approval of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s overhaul of Class 3 (Industrial Use) and 4 (Agricultural Use) Water Quality Standards. Click here to read the full press release.
7/15 Madaa'ookiing Grants: A grant opportunity will be offered three times per year, awarding up to $2,500 per grant for Tribal citizens, descendants, or those have kinship ties or affiliation to Indigenous communities within the foundation’s geographic service area. The final round of applications is due by September 15, 2022. Grant applications are accepted anytime on the online grant portal. Click here for details and grant submission instructions.
7/14 Traditional Lacrosse: Enjoy Traditional Lacrosse Games on August 18, and September 30, at the Historical Lacrosse Field on Reservation Road. Click here for full details.
7/13 2022-23 Hunting/Trapping Notice: Fall hunting and trapping seasons have been approved by the RBC and are posted on the Resource Management Divisions site. See them by clicking here. The application period for moose permits is July 18 to August 12. Seventy permits are available this fall for FDL moose hunting parties. Applications for moose permits can be downloaded from the same link above. A drawing for moose permits will be held August 15 if necessary.
7/13 Book Launch Event and Art Exhibit: There will be a Book Lauch and Discussion by the Author, Janis A. Fairbanks, at the Cloquet Public Library on August 24th, and an art exhibit from August 22-26, honoring the work of late artist, Ralph Charles Fairbanks. Click here for full details.
7/7 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Resource Management announces the availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the Allotment 238 "East of the Creek" Timber Sale. This consists of the timber sale, timber harvest during frozen ground conditions, and regeneration and replanting on 50.5 acres within the 80-acre allotment in Carlton County, Minnesota on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The FONSI is available for a 30-Day comment period as outlined in the Notice of Availability (NOA) along with contact information on where to send your comments. See documents below:
East of the Creek Timber Sale EA | FONSI | NOA
6/30 NOTICE: Pursuant to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations, below is the link to the Transparency In Coverage website with Preferred One. This webpage will provide the machine-readable files for in-network provider rates and out-of-network allowed amounts and billed charges for covered services.
Transparency in Coverage - Machine Readable Files
6/28 13 Moons Golf Tournament: The 13 Moons Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, August 19th, at the Black Bear Golf Course. The tournament will be a scramble with a shot gun start, and feature a hole in one contest, 50/50 raffle, optional skins game, and more fun events! Click here for full details.
6/23 Day Labor Program Notice: The Fond du Lac Day Labor Program is now accepting 1st and 2nd generation descendants. One parent and/or grandparent must be Fond du Lac enrolled to be eligible. Applicants must meet compliance eligibility and have their COVID-19 vaccine. Starting wage is $15.00/hour. This is a great way to come work for the Band and get trained in various positions. For further questions please contact Lynn Olson at 218-878-8025.
6/23 Positive Indian Parenting Classes: Join us far a virtual Positive Indian Parenting class focusing on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values. The classes will be held at the FDL Head Start Library on Thursdays in July and August. Click here for details.
6/21 COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID- 19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Click here for details on which expenses can be reimbursed, eligibility, and how to apply.
6/21 Youth Firearms Safety Classes Update: The July and August classes are full at this time. FDL Conservation is holding Youth Firearm Safety classes in July and August. Classes are held July 18-23, and August 8-13. Click here for details and contact information.
6/10 FDL Ojibwe Language & Culture Events: Join in at the FDL Language & Culture Building on Wednesdays for Ojibwe Language & Culture Events! Click here for full details!
6/10 Frontline Worker Payments: To thank those Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, Gov. Tim Walz signed Frontline Worker Payments into law April 29, 2022, enabling those workers to apply for Frontline Worker Pay. Eligibility is based on both work requirements and job sector. See frontlinepay.mn.gov for an explanation of the requirements, the most up-to-date information and helpful resources. Also, sign up to receive alerts about Frontline Worker Pay via email. Applications will be open June 8 through July 22, 2022. These dates are subject to change. See the following documents for more information:
General Information | Application Fact Sheet | Frequently Asked Questions
6/2 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Water & Wastewater Department is issuing the 2021 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1st to December 31st, 2021, which is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SOWA). Aside from the on-going Maximum Contaminant Level violations for Disinfection By-Products, all other water quality monitoring during 2021 met SOWA standards. See documents below:
2021 Danielson CCR
2021 Mahnomen CCR
2021 Ridge Road CCR
5/23 Recall Notice: The J. M. Smucker Co. is recalling select Jif® peanut butter products sold in the U.S. due to potential Salmonella contamination. For full details on this recall, please click here.
5/12 Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative report: In June 2021, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, a comprehensive effort to recognize the troubled legacy of federal Indian boarding school policies with the goal of addressing their intergenerational impact and to shed light on the traumas of the past. Bryan Newland, U.S. Dept of Interior Indian Affairs, has written a letter addressing the Boarding School Initiative, and references a letter by Secretary Haaland. Please read both below.
Bryan Newland letter
Secretary Haaland letter
5/11 Woodlot Update: The 210 woodlot is open every week for the following times: Saturday/Sunday: 10am to 7pm, Monday/Tuesday: Noon to 7pm. There is still a 1 cord per permit limit on cedar. There is no limit on any of the other species. Permits can be obtained either by bringing one's tribal ID to the woodlot, or by contacting the Resource Management front desk at 218-878-7101. If you have any questions about the woodlot, contact Alex Mehne at 269-409-1760 or alexandermehne@fdlrez.com.
5/10 Firefighters/Emergency Responders Needed: The Cloquet Fire District is looking for paid on call Firefighters and Emergency Responders. No prior experience is necessary and all training will be provided. Click here for details and contact information.
5/4 Dietitian Corner: FDL Human Services presents episodes of Dietitian Corner! Watch to see healthy recipe demonstrations!
Squash & Bean Enchilada
Black Bean Tacos
Acorn Squash
Roasted Green Beans
Corn & Bean Salad
5/3 Fond du Lac Band’s Will Affect Determination: In August of 2021 the Fond du Lac Band submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers an analysis and determination under 401(a)(2) of the Clean Water Act that PolyMet’s discharges and mining operations “will affect” the Band’s downstream water quality impacts. Click here to view the Band’s “will affect” submittal.
4/22 Band Member Notice: Turn your dream home into a reality with a HUD 184 home mortgage from Woodlands National Bank! Click here for details and contact information.
4/22 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 and application information, please click here.
3/25 Ojibwe Language Rosetta Stone: Boozhoo Niij-Anishinaabedog! To support our Fond du Lac Community, we will be purchasing 100 Rosetta Stone Ojibwe licenses for people to use. Please fill out the Google Form linked here. You will need an email to sign up. We will send out instructions on how to download the application onto your smart device. Fond du Lac Band Members will be prioritized then Fond du Lac descendants. This will be on a first come first serve basis. Miigwech!
FDL Gegaanzongejig ji-aabadak Ojibwemowin
FDL Language Team
3/24 NOTICE: FDL Human Services has helpful information for the Community, especially teens. Please see the flyers below.
Tips for Teens: Heroin
Fentanyl Facts
Opioid Emergency, be Prepared
Suicide Prevention: Text Hotline
3/23 EAP NOTICE: Today, Commerce EAP raised the maximum Crisis benefit from $1,200 to $3,000 to further assist EAP households struggling to pay increasing energy costs. The additional Crisis funds will help households fill their tanks and catch up on their past-due energy bills. To qualify you must have applied for and received a Minnesota Energy Assistance grant. To use the funds households must have less than 20% fuel in their tank or an overdue bill from a metered gas or electric service. No more money can be paid than the cost of the bill. If you need assistance please contact your Energy Assistance providers.
FDL E/A. Joan M @ 218-878-2658
Lakes&Pines @ 1-800-832-6082
AEOA @ 1-844-568-0149
3/18 WIC Notice: Minnesota Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) participants will receive more benefits to purchase fruits and vegetables now through September 2022. Click here for full details.
  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
  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.
  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