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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing Totals as of June 11, 2021:
5,014 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
4,780 Negative Tests
2 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
234 Positive Tests (106 on Reservation)

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

To register with FDL Human Services, please complete the following forms. You can either send by U.S. mail or drop off your completed registration form and any other documentation to either Fond du Lac Human Services Registration at 927 Trettel Lane, Cloquet, MN 55720 OR the Center for American Indian Resources at 221 W 4th St, Duluth, MN 55806. Please be aware that email is not a secure way to send information over the internet. There is a possibility that information you include in an email, including attachments, can be intercepted and read by other parties besides the person or group to whom it is addressed.
FDL Human Services Registration
Certification of Tribal Enrollment
Proof of Residency
Proof of Indian Household Membership
FDL Service Area Communities
COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility Requirements - updated 3/24/21

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
Social Distancing Guidelines
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:
FDL Constitution Meeting - June 16, 30
Community Center Food Pantry - June 16, 23

Community Notices:

6/11 New PSA from Dr. Reynolds: COVID-19 vaccine: What parents need to know. An update from our Medical Director, Dr. Reynolds. Click here for view the PSA.
6/11 MCT Constitution Reform Urban Convention: Attention Minnesota Chippewa Tribe urban members! There will be an MCT Constitution Reform Convention held on Friday, June 18th, 9 AM - 4 PM, at the InterContinental Riverfront Hotel, in St. Paul. You can attend in person, or by Zoom. Click here for full details!
6/11 Warrant Resolution Event: The 6th Judicial District in participation with the Public Defender’s office are sponsoring a Warrant Resolution event June 15th at the Duluth Damiano Center. The Criminal Justice Community will work together and make their best efforts to resolve your case or cases. The event may be attended in person or via Zoom. Please click here for full details and contact information.
6/10 Community Center Food Pantry: The distribution dates are June 16, 23. FDL enrolled residents will be assigned to their community center for food distribution. An application must be completed in order to receive a food box, and it is based on one food box per household. As of June 16, the location for the Cloquet Food Pantry has changed to the Jokela Rd. Warehouse. Click here for a map to the new location.
June dates and application
6/10 Chief Judge Position: An RFP for the Chief Judge position in the Band’s tribal court is available here. Proposals are due on Friday, June 11, 2021.
6/9 NOTICE: The Car Seat Clinic on June 15th has changed locations due to construction. The new location is Cloquet Fire District Station #1, 508 Cloquet Ave.
6/9 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.
6/8 Free CDL Training: Duluth Workforce Development is offering a MnDOT funded grant to help women, people of color, and other disadvantaged individuals who are seeking a career in highway heavy construction pay for CDL training and get their Class A license. This grant will pay the full $4,900 cost of LSC’s CDL program, and participants will also be enrolled in WIOA Adult for career and support services. We are accepting applications now for the August 4th start date. We will be helping successful participants with placement at employers such as Northland and Ames. The deadline to apply is July 26, 2021. Click here for full details and contact information.
6/8 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16th, 9 am, 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.
6/7 Burn Permit Update: With hot dry weather and winds in the forecast, Fire Danger is on the rise. Burn Permits are restricted until further notice. Fires smaller than 3' x 3' do not require Burn Permits. If you have any questions about the permits, please contact the Forest Manager Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 269-409-1760.
6/4 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fond du Lac Band member and doula Tammy Dixon has been selected to receive the prestigious Tribal Trailblazer award for the 2021 National Breastfeeding Conference and Convening (NBCC). See full press release and associated image below.
Press Release | Tammy Dixon Image
6/2 Summer Vaccine Rewards: The state of Minnesota is offering a summer reward program for getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The first 100,000 Minnesotans, aged 12 and older, who get their first COVID-19 vaccine between May 27 through June 30, 2021, will be eligible for a special reward. Click here for full details.
6/2 FDL Constitution Meetings: The FDL Delegates for Constitution reform are holding meetings via Zoom on Wednesdays in June. The upcoming meeting dates are June 16, 30. For an invitation to the meeting, email to delegate@fdlconstitution.org. For full meeting details, please click here.
6/1 Home Sale Notice: The Fond du Lac Development Corporation will be having a Lottery for the home located at 3864 Brookston Road, Cloquet, MN. Applications from qualified Band Members will be accepted From June 1, 2021 until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 14th, 2021. Click here for details, photo gallery, and walkthrough movie.
5/27 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Resource Management announces the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Martin Lake and Our Road Lease Lots located on Brandon Road (Martin Lake lots) and Larson Road (Our Road lots), both on the Fond du Lac Reservation in St. Louis County, Minnesota. This FONSI is based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the lease lots and is available for a 30-day comment period. The Notice of Availability (NOA) contains the contact information for providing comments. See associated documents below:
EA Document | NOA Document | FONSI Document
5/25 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Water & Wastewater Department is issuing the 2020 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1st to December 31st, 2020, which is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDW A). All water quality monitoring during 2020 met SOWA standards. See the individual reports below:
Report for Danielson Community Water System
Report for Mahnomen Community Water System
Report for Ridge Road Community Water System
5/21 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.
5/21 Senior Day in Cloquet is looking for vendors: The 2021 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th has been proclaimed as Senior Day in Cloquet by Mayor Maki. An event will be held in Veterans Park from 11 am - 3 pm. Vendors are requested to contact event organizers to reserve their tables. Click here for full details and contact information.
5/20 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fond du Lac Awarded for Caring for Caregivers During the Pandemic - FDL Social Services program has stepped up its efforts to offer resources to caregivers looking after children during the pandemic. Cultural aspects of parenting have been highlighted for families through innovative approaches. Read the full press release and see images below.
Press Release | FDL Social Services image | FDL Social Worker image
5/17 NOTICE: FDL Resource Management and Tribal Court Building is now open to the public / visitors, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. A mask and screening are still required. Call 218-878-7101 if you have questions.
5/14 Mask Mandate Update: The Black Bear Casino Resort and Convenience Store properties will no longer require a mask for entry, effective Saturday, May 15th. Click here for full details.
5/13 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Transit is offering free rides to vaccination and food distribution sites. Click here for details and contact information.
5/11 Become a Summer VISTA: Become a Summer Americorps VISTA Associate for the Fond du Lac Band! This is a great way to serve your community this summer and make a difference! If you're 18+ and interested, click here for full details!
4/30 NOTICE: The FDL Environmental Alternative Energy page is now the Strategic Energy Plan page! The page highlights the FDL Energy Vision, centered on community vitality, self-reliance, and sustainable reservation development, and the accomplishments made working toward this goal. See the new page by clicking here.
4/29 Woodlot update: The 210 woodlot has undergone some soil repairs and will be open with a monitor from 1-4pm each Saturday, starting Saturday, May 1st. Each permit will be good for up to 10 cords of wood in total, up to 1 cord of which can be cedar. Aspen and white pine are only available via bid. Permits are available from resource management and can be issued by the front desk (1-218-878-7101), Virginia Lord, or Alex Mehne. Permits will also be available at site from the monitor. Contact Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 1-269-409-1760 with any questions.
4/28 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.
4/28 NOTICE: Much like our state and country, we too were furious at the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Mr. Floyd’s murder forced the world to look at the injustice people of color in the United States of America have long suffered. Last week’s conviction is a critical step on the long road to justice and equality for all. On behalf of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa we stand in solidarity with the Black community and the Black Lives Matter Movement. [This tragedy hits close to home in so many ways. Many of our band members live in Minneapolis and to this day face pervasive racial discrimination and police brutality.] As we all work to create more equitable systems, it will get uncomfortable and at times disorienting. The time is now to give courageous voice and brave action that brings forth the change we need for our children and those yet to be born deserve. We also want to say a chii-miigwech to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison who is the lead prosecutor for this case. Ellison took the time, determination, and patience to prosecute the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent. We are grateful for his office’s hard work, and we hope the verdict can bring some measure of peace to Mr. Floyd’s family and loved ones.
4/23 NOTICE: Please watch & listen to the latest COVID-19 PSA from Chairman Dupuis and Dr. Charity Reynolds. #FDLstrong! Click here to view the video! For other great informational videos, be sure to check out the Fond du Lac Youtube page here!
4/20 Maada'ookiing Grassroots Grant Program: The Northland Foundation has a new Indigenous led grassroots grant program called Maada'ookiing - its aim is to support work by Indigenous individuals or groups. A grant opportunity offers funding up to $2,500 for Tribal citizens, descendants, or those have kinship ties or affiliation to Indigenous communities within the foundation’s geographic service area. Grants might be used for projects and activities that support Indigenous youth; strengthen access to Indigenous language, cultural, and spiritual practices; sustain Tribal sovereignty; build Indigenous economy, and more. Applications for the first round open on May 1, 2021, and will close on June 1st. For full program details and application information, please click here.
4/16 Veteran Services: Velvet Linden will be performing Veteran Services until our Veteran Services Officer returns to work. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
4/14 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.
4/13 Vaccine Update: Due to recent information from health authorities, FDL will be not be administering the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine until further notice. Federal health officials on Tuesday called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, saying they are reviewing reports of six rare adverse reactions. The CDC and FDA are “recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution, until the review process is complete” the statement said. If you have been scheduled to receive a J&J vaccine, someone will be reaching out to you soon to cancel your appointment. We do offer the Moderna vaccine which is a 2 dose vaccine given 28 days apart. If you have questions, please contact your primary medical provider.
4/12 CANCELLATION NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 public safety concerns, the 2021 FDL Veterans Powwow will be cancelled.
4/6 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Social Services Department and the Oh No! 18 Program are partnering to do an independent living skills group. This group is available to youth ages 14 - 20 who have been in out-of-home placement for at least 30 days after their 14th birthday. The group meets on Tuesdays from April 27 - July 13. Click here for full details.
4/5 Secretary of Interior Interview: On March 31st, Dan Huculak, WGZS Station Manager, interviewed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the American Recovery Plan Act and its impact on tribal communities. the interview audio has been posted on the WGZS website, COVID Information page. Click here to visit the page and listen to the interview.
3/26 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)
3/25 Vaccination Update: Please take a look at our community COVID-19 vaccination percentages. Our goal is to vaccinate 90% of our elders (ages 52+). If you are interested in receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, please call 218-878-3791 to schedule your appointment. Vaccination Percentages Update
  WARNING: Please be aware that there has been an increase in opiate (heroin) overdoses in the community. If you or someone you know is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately. If you or someone you know are in need of assistance accessing recovery services, please contact Tagwii Recovery Center at (218) 878-3858. For more information on proper use of Narcan, please watch this video. FDL Human Services held a Facebook live session about these overdoses on March 12th. Click here to view the video from this session.
  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

  No Large Scale FDL Events: The FDL Band Emergency Operations Center has met with Band health care professionals, and at this time determined it is not in the Band's best interest to allow, sponsor, or host large-scale, in-person events at this time. Read the full directive here.
See Resolution 1173.20 here
  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)
Social Distancing guidelines (pdf)