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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".


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RBC Open Meeting - May 19
Community Center Food Pantry - May 25

Community Notices Archive

Current Community Notices:


Notice: The Fond du Lac Fire Management personnel will be working with the University of Minnesota to conduct a prescribed burn at the Cloquet Forestry Center today. This burn will occur along University Drive starting around 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., these prescribed burns will follow all strict prescription parameters. All the necessary qualified staff will be present at the burn.

There is potential for smoke along the roadway and you will likely see a smoke column south of the Tribal Center building. If you are passing through the area, please drive carefully for your safety and the safety of fire personnel.

Please be aware that there will be road guards at each ends of the burns directing traffic.

These prescribed burns will enhance and promote the growth of species that are culturally important to Anishinaabeg. These species are the medicines, the food, and the beings that have supported our culture since millennia. This burn also exhibits our sovereign rights to manage natural treaty resources within our Reservation boundaries and the ceded territory.

If you have any questions or concerns about this burn please contact Damon Panek at 1-715-209-7534

5/17 Notice: The Brookston Community Center is getting ready to open, but still in the hiring process. If you are interested in having your child visit please complete the emergency contact form for each child and return it to the Brookston Center front desk or email them to bryanbosto@fdlrez.com
Click here for the form.
5/17 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
5/16 Request for Proposals: Fond du Lac Reservation Public Works Department is requesting bids for construction of a new private well to provide drinking water to a 5-unit elder complex. All work should meet or exceed MDH standards and specifications. Bids will be accepted until May 30, 2022 at 3:00 pm. Click here to see full documentation.
5/16 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Band is seeking a vendor to develop and install three (3) playgrounds throughout the Fond du Lac Reservation. Bids will be accepted until May 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm. Click here to see full documentation.
5/13 General Election Notice: The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe has issued a notice about the 2022 General Election on the Fond du Lac Reservation, taking place on June 14, 2022. Click here to read the notice. To see all documents related to the 2022 Election, please click here.
5/13 Na'enimonigamig Cannery Grand Opening: The Na'enimonigamig Kitchen & Cannery is holding it's Grand Opening on Saturday, May 14th. Come learn about the commercial equipment and what the space has to offer! Click here for full details!
5/12 NOTICE: The U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been working to establish tribal partnerships and are currently looking to add a full-time Native American liaison to their team. This position will close on May 19th, 2022. If you are interested in learning more, please follow the links below:
All U.S. Citizens: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/651311200
Current and former federal employees and those with special hiring authorities: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/651313600 Click here to read the letter sent to Chairman Dupuis.
5/12 In Recognition of Cancer Awareness: In recognition of World No Tobacco Day, May 31st, Fond du Lac Cancer Control Project asks you to show your support by wearing white shirts. Share your photos with Jolene, FDL Cancer Health Educator @ jolenegansen@fdlrez.com with: World No Tobacco Day in the subject line to get entered into the monthly staff drawing by 4:30pm on May 31st. Please help raise awareness of Lung Cancer/Tobacco Cessation by participating. Click here to read the May Newsletter.
5/12 Frybread Taco Night: Come enjoy Frybread Tacos at the Food Stand on Friday, May 20, 3 pm - 5 pm, at the Brookston Community Center on 8200 Belich Road. Click here for full details.
5/12 Your feedback is needed! Did you miss the Fond du Lac Loan Program Focus Group on May 5? Fond du Lac is exploring three types of financial assistance to best serve Fond du Lac business owners and entrepreneurs. The full presentation from May 5th can be found by clicking here. Please feel free to share with others who may be interested! This is a new program/concept and still in DRAFT form, so changes are welcome! Your feedback will be incorporated into the programs' design. You can share comments or ideas at this link until May 18th: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5522Feedback. Please feel free to reach out anytime to FDL Planning Division Staff at FDLPlanning@fdlrez.com (218-878-2642) or to Amanda Vuicich (avuicich@northspan.org) or Bob Palmquist (BPalmquist@northspan.org) with any questions or clarifications you may have.
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 Economic Development Committee Meeting: 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 May 17th. 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.
5/11 Woodlot Update:Starting Saturday, May 14th, the 210 woodlot will be 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.
5/11 Request for Proposals: Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee on behalf of the Fond du Lac Development Corporation and Black Bear Casino & Resort is soliciting bids for a Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) with a guaranteed maximum price for a demolition project at the hotel. Bids will be accepted until May 24, 2022 at 10:00 am. Click here to see full documentation.
5/11 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18th, 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.
5/11 Community Center Food Pantry: The Community Center Food Pantry is scheduled for May 25. 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. May will be the last month for food distribution boxes.
May Food Pantry Information and Application
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.
5/6 RBC Open Meeting: The next RBC Open Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19, 5:30 pm, at the Brookston Community Center and via Zoom. Zoom participants may start joining the meeting at 5:00 pm, and be placed in a waiting area until the meeting begins. Click here for details and Zoom access information.
5/5 May 5th is National MMIWG Awareness Day: There are knit hats available at Fond du Lac Human Services-Social Services Department (door W1) TODAY while supplies last, and a Quick Reference Guide for What to Do in the First 72 Hours. Visit www.niwrc.org/mmiwtoolkit for more details. Click here to read a fact sheet about MMIWG.
5/4 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 on Tuesdays & Thursdays in June via Zoom. Click here for full details and registration information.
5/4 Dietitian Corner: FDL Human Services presents episodes of Dietitian Corner! Watch to see healthy recipe demonstrations!
Squash & Bean Enchilada NEW!
Black Bean Tacos
Acorn Squash
Roasted Green Beans
Corn & Bean Salad
5/4 Fire Update: Fire season is here! Fire Danger is forecasted to be moderate most of this week. Burn Permits are available and can be obtained by contacting the Fond du Lac Resource Management Front Desk at 218-878-7101 during business hours. Fires smaller than 3' by 3' do not require a permit. If you have any questions about burn permits, Contact Alex Mehne at 269-409-1760.
5/3 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Today, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Band) will finally be heard on its objection to a 404 permit for PolyMet's NorthMet Project. The Army Corps suspended the 404 permit in March 2021 in order to have the EPA comply with the law and evaluate the effects of PolyMet's Project on the Band's downstream waters. Click here to read the full press release.
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.
5/3 Flagger Class Update: The Flagger Class scheduled for today by FDL TERO has been postponed. A new date for the class will be set soon and reposted.
4/28 NOTICE: On April 25, 2022, the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee held a hearing to determine whether the Band’s Chairman engaged in dereliction or neglect of duty. After deliberation, the Reservation Business Committee determined that the Chairman had answered the charges to its satisfaction. The presiding official’s Notice of Decision is available here.
4/28 Register for Spring Spearing/Netting: FDL Resource Management (RMD) will be using the same plan for distributing permits in 2022 as we have the last several years. First thing in the morning, RMD staff will be sending out a mass email/text to all individuals that register for spearing ahead of time (Click here to register). This daily notification will identify the lakes and number of permits available for that night. Band members that want to be included in the daily drawing can either respond to the email or call in to the RMD office (218-878-7155 or on weekends at 218-721-8317) by NLT 11:00AM. Band members that do not have email may still phone in on a daily basis to find out which lakes are open, and if interested, may request to be in the daily drawings. RMD staff will have a daily drawing to distribute available permits to all of those that can participate. RMD staff will notify the winners daily by 1:00PM. If you don’t hear from staff by 1:00PM, you were not drawn for that night. RMD will not be keeping a waiting list for the next evening’s activities. Winners can pick up their permit at the boat landing. Conservation Officers will have a list of all Band members that have been issued permits for the evening.
4/26 Bird Flu Notice: A strain of avian influenza or bird flu is spreading rapidly across Minnesota and the rest of the country this spring. Although it hasn’t yet been found on the FDL Reservation or in St. Louis or Carlton Counties, it’s probably only a matter of time before it’s found locally. While people are not susceptible to this particular strain, they can carry the virus on their skin or clothing. Wild birds, particularly waterfowl, also are susceptible and can easily transmit the disease via their droppings. Domestic poultry are very susceptible to the disease and band members with backyard flocks of chickens, ducks or turkeys should take care to protect their birds. A link to steps that owners of backyard flocks can take is available here. Other strains of avian influenza have circulated in Minnesota and elsewhere in past years, and its hoped this outbreak will fade away with warmer and drier weather. However, band members with poultry should continue to monitor the situation.
4/25 FDL Ojibwe Language & Culture Events: Join in at the FDL Language & Culture Building on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Ojibwe Language & Culture Events! Click here for full details!
4/25 Homes for Sale: The Fond du Lac Development Corporation will be holding a Lottery for two homes located at 3276 Ditchbank Road, and 3131 Maple Drive. Applications from qualified Band Members will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 24th, 2022. See Walkthrough video and applications below:
3276 Ditchbank Rd Sale Information
3131 Maple Dr Sale Information
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 Election Notice: The April 5th Primary Election official results are in. Click here to see the results. To contact the Election office, Email to FDLGeneralElectionBoard@fdlrez.com, call 218-878-2662, or FAX to 218-878-7562. Office hours will be posted when the General Election date is closer. For all 2022 Election related documents, please click here.
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.
4/20 NOTICE: We are excited to announce that several FDL Human Services teams and individuals have been awarded the Bemidji Area Indian Health Services Director’s Awards. Click here to see the awards list. Congratulations to all!
4/14 Gitigaan Plant/Seed Giveaway: The Gitigaan Program's Annual Plant and Seed Giveaway is Saturday, June 4, at 8 a.m. at the Natural Resource Garage. Each year we prepare enough plants for 140 households, and enough seeds for 120 households. Packages will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, available while supplies last. The giveaway is FREE for tribal citizens and anyone who has attended 3+ Gitigaan classes. Tribal ID required at pickup, one set per household. Click here for full details.
4/5 Get Outdoors: FDL Human Services has some tips about avoiding bug bites as we get outdoors this spring! Click here to see the flyer.
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
3/21 NOTICE: Linked below is a letter that Fond du Lac leadership sent to the Cloquet and Esko Superintendents about a disturbing screenshot of Snapchat between multiple students. Click here to read the letter.
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.
2/23 Notice: Please make sure to check your Propane tank levels regularly and call in when you are at 30% so we can schedule a delivery for you. Also please make sure that your driveways are plowed and a path shoveled out so our delivery drivers can get to your tank. Thank you! Click here for details.
2/11 Register Now for Gitigaan Virtual Classes: The Gitigaan Program is excited to host 2022 classes online. Classes will focus on tribal food sovereignty as we learn about seed keeping, the medicinal power of wild foods, gardening tips and tricks and more! Gitigaan means garden in Anishinaabemowin. Classes are free and open to everyone. They will be held via Zoom 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in March, April and May 2022. Click here for full details and schedule.
1/12 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. Grant applications are accepted anytime on the online grant portal. Click here for details and grant submission instructions.
1/5 Free State Park Permits for Tribal Members: As of January 1st, 2022, American Indians who are members of federally recognized tribes within Minnesota’s borders have free access to each of Minnesota’s 75 state parks and recreation areas. The Minnesota DNR successfully worked with the Governor’s office and the State Legislature to change a law so tribal members can obtain a state park vehicle permit at no charge. This ensures open access for tribal members to ancestral lands and recognizes the continued community importance in being able to access those lands. Click here for details and information on obtaining your State Park permit.
  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