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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing Totals as of October 20, 2021:
6,524 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
6,170 Negative Tests
0 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
354 Positive Tests (171 on Reservation)

For COVID vaccinations or questions please call 218-878-3791.

Informational Links

U.S. CDC web - COVID-19 page

Minnesota Dept. of Health COVID-19 page

Fond du Lac State of Emergency Resolution 1101/20

FDL EOC Community Hotline: 218-878-7175

COVID-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy

FDL EOC Directive

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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Recent Additions:
Community Center Food Pantry - October 27
Community Center Food Pantry - November 3, 10, 17, 24

Community Notices:

10/26 2021 Indigenous Bowl: The 7G Foundation is excited to announce their partnership with the NFL and Minnesota Vikings to host the 2021 Indigenous Bowl. The Bowl is open to High School Seniors of American Indian descent who have not yet enrolled full-time in college. The event is an opportunity for young, Native athletes to showcase their talent on the football field, work with coaches and mentors, and develop the skills necessary to move to the next level of competition.The application deadline for the 2021 Indigenous Bowl is November 1, 2021. See links below.
2021 Indigenous Bowl Application
MN Vikings Press Release
7G Press Release
10/26 Warrant Resolution Event: The 6th Judicial District is holding a Warrant Resolution Event on Thursday, October 28, 10 am - 2 pm, at the Damiano Center in Duluth, MN, or via Zoom. Click here for details and Zoom access information.
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.
10/25 MCT Constitution Reform Meeting: The next Constitution Reform meeting will be held Wednesday, October 27, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm via Zoom. Click here for full details and Zoom access information.
10/25 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27th, 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.
10/25 Community Center Food Pantry: The Community Center Food Pantry is scheduled for October 27, and on November 3, 10, 17, 24. An application must be on record in order to receive your food. Distributions will be from your District Community Center, or the Jokela Rd. Warehouse for the Cloquet District. Starting October 27th, the Cloquet District distribution will be from the Cloquet Center ENP, click here for details. See details, application, and a map of the Jokela Warehouse location below.
October Food Pantry Information and Application
November Food Pantry Information and Application
10/25 COVID Testing Locations: There are Drive Up Saliva tests for COVID-19 available at the MNAW Parking Lot's Lower Level. Click here to see the schedule for 10/26 & 10/28. FDL Human Services has updated the list of other COVID Testing Locations in the area. Click here to read the list.
10/15 NOTICE: Resource Management announces the publishing of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted for the Twin Lakes Drive Home Site. The FONSI is available for a 30-day comment period regarding the proposed construction of a single-family home and installation of a drinking water well and septic system at 528 Twin Lakes Drive, Cloquet, MN 55720. The Notice of Availability (NOA) contains contact information for commenting. See documents below:
Twin Lakes FONSI | Twin Lakes EA | Twin Lakes NOA
10/14 Pfizer Booster at Cloquet Memorial Hospital: Interested and eligible for a booster dose? Community Memorial Hospital will be hosting clinics on the following dates/times. The clinics will be held on the ground floor of CMH, and only Pfizer BioNTech will be available.
Wednesday, Oct 27th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Who should get the booster? Click here for details.
10/13 Independent Living Skills Group: FDL Human Services is holding 2 sessions of Independent Living Skills for youth ages 16-18. The sessions will be held at the Forestry Center. Session 1 is October 19, 21, 26 and 27. Session 2 is November 2, 4, 9, 16 and 18. Click here for full session details and contact information.
10/13 NOTICE: The Land Use Committee is seeking an individual form the Sawyer district to serve on the committee. The purpose of this committee is to advise, assist and oversee the use, protection and development of land within the boundaries of the reservation. Interested individuals should contact Jack Bassett at 878-8043 or by email Jackbassett@fdlrez.com. Requests must be received by November 15, 2021.
10/6 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/6/2021: Local Healthcare Nurse Manager Honored with National Indian Health Board's Outstanding Service Award. See full press release and associate image below. See all FDL press releases here.
Press Release
Chris Davis Image
10/5 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Forestry is now permitting access to all the wood piles and/or species on the highway 210 woodlot to Band members with a valid woodlot permit. The woodlot will be open on Saturday afternoons from 1 - 4 pm. Permits are available at the Resource Management office or at the woodlot site itself on Saturdays.
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
10/4 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 October 19th. 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
9/30 Tagwii Recovery Center online: The FDL Human Services Tagwii Recovery Center has a new site within the Human Services webspace! Click here to visit the site and read about all the services they provide the Fond du Lac community.
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 DNR Cone/Seed Request: The DNR is looking for individuals to pick cones/seeds of the following species: White Pine, White Spruce, Red Oak, Swamp White Oak, White Oak, Red Pine, Jack Pine, Black Spruce. Prices, drop off locations, and other info regarding this opportunity is available by clicking here. Questions can be directed to the state forest nursery supervisor, Sarah Ebert at sarah.ebert@state.mn.us or 218 652 2385 ext 222
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 PSA Notice: The Fond du Lac community is currently seeing a surge in positive COVID-19 cases. Fond du Lac’s positivity rate is 15.4%. Whose being affected? Infants, children, unvaccinated individuals, and some break through cases. There are COVID-19 vaccines still available, please call 218-878-3791 to schedule your appointment today! Please watch the full video to hear more from Fond du Lac Medical Director Dr. Charity Reynolds. Click here to see the PSA video.
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 courtadministrator@fdlrez.com. 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.
8/23 Positive Indian Parenting Classes: Join us for a virtual Positive Indian Parenting class focusing on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values. Classes are held Wednesdays in September/October, via Zoom. See details below.
Positive Indian Parenting Classes - September/October
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)
  Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you. The more people who get vaccinated against COVID-19, the better it is for everyone. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 gets us closer to the end of the pandemic. See video here.
  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:

  1. If someone has symptoms and tests positive their isolation period is 10 days from start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they don't have a fever for 24 hours before returning to work. (without taking fever reducing medication)
  2. If someone has no symptoms and tests positive, then isolation period starts from when they got their positive test. Isolation for a positive test is 10 days as above.
  3. If someone was exposed to someone with COVID-19 and has no symptoms they should quarantine for 14 days from the date of their last exposure to the positive person, even if there test is negative. This is guidance from CDC and MDH.
  4. If someone develops symptoms or tests positive during their quarantine for being a contact of a positive person, then they need to isolate for 10 days from that date. So for example someone may have started their quarantine on the 1st, but then gets symptoms on day 7 and tests positive that day then their isolation starts the 7th for 10 days.

COVID Exposure Guide from FDL Human Services

  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.
  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)