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COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing Totals as of September 24, 2021:
6,075 patients tested at MNAW and CAIR
5,753 Negative Tests
8 Pending Tests (sent to external lab)
314 Positive Tests (148 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".

Fond du Lac is in the beginning stages of developing a new Reservation website and we would love your input. Please take this five-minute survey and help us build a dynamic, user-friendly website. Surveys are due by 11:59 pm on September 30th, 2021. Hard copy responses to the survey can be dropped off at the Tribal Center.

For more information or questions about the survey please call Rita Karppinen at 218-878-7596

Survey Link

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Recent Additions:
Stepping On Workshop - Thursdays through Oct 21
Community Center Food Pantry - September 29

Community Notices:

9/27 Constitution Meeting: The next MCT Constitution Reform Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm via Zoom. Click here for full details.
9/27 COVID Testing Locations: FDL Human Services has compiled a list of COVID Testing Locations in the area. Click here to read the list.
9/27 Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants: Nearly $35 million in Main Street COVID Relief Grants funding is available to eligible Greater Minnesota owned-and-operated businesses. Grantees may receive $10,000 - $25,000 depending on their number of full-time equivalent employees. The application portal will be open through September 29, 2021. Click here for full details and application.
9/27 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th, 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.
9/27 Community Center Food Pantry: The Community Center Food Pantry is scheduled for September 29. 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. See details, application, and a map of the Jokela Warehouse location below.
September Food Pantry Information and Application
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 COVID-19 Testing: There are Drive Up Saliva tests for COVID-19 available at the MNAW Parking Lot's Lower Level. Click here for details.
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.
9/16 NOTICE: Starting Monday, September 27, the Fond du Lac Gas & Grocery hours will be 7 am - 8 pm, 7 days/week.
9/15 New 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.
9/14 NOTICE: Earlier today, the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee was notified of an investigation of a death that occurred at one of our Tribal buildings. We are cooperating with the authorities fully. Out of respect of the victim’s family we will not be sharing any further details about this ongoing investigation. Link to Cloquet Police Press Release
9/14 NOTICE: The FDL Band has issued an RFP and invitation to bid for a Na’enimonigamig (Kitchen/Cannery) Trash Enclosure. The due date to submit a bid is September 29, 2021. The documents are available below.
Trash Enclosure RFP
FDL Vendor Screening Guidelines
FDL Construction Contracting Conditions
FDL Construction Bidding Conditions
9/13 Public Notice: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received a request for a Wetland Activity Permit under the FDL Wetlands Protection and Management Ordinance (WPMO) to construct a driveway through wetlands on Strand Road in Carlton County. The proposed driveway will be 335 feet in length and 12 and a half feet in width. The purpose of the driveway is to access an upland building site, all on private property. Full details can be found in the 30-Day Public Notice along with contact information on how to provide comments.
WPMO Public Notice - Nelson Driveway
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
9/13 Wild Rice Update: Purchase of wild rice from ON & OFF RESERVATION LAKES has ended. Rice Portage, Deadfish, and Mud Lakes will remain open for subsistence rice harvest from 9 AM - Sunset. No waterfowl hunting is allowed on these lakes until further notice. To see images of the On Reservation rice lakes, click here!
9/10 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 meeting are open to the interested public. 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
9/8 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
9/7 Fire Update: With recent rains throughout the area diminishing the fire danger, restrictions imposed on 7/23/2021 are rescinded, effective 9/8/2021. Burn Permits are available from Resource Management by contacting the front desk at 218-878-7102. Fires that are 3' x 3' or smaller do not require a permit. If you have questions about Burn Permits, contact Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 218-878-7105.
8/31 Stepping On Workshop: FDL Human Services Community Health Elder Fall Prevention class starting September 9th, continuing every Thursday until October 21st from 10 am - 12 pm at the Cloquet Public Library. Click here for full details.
8/31 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 8/31/2021: Fond du Lac Commissions First-Ever Tesla Supercharger at a Tribal Casino. Last week, FDL's Black Bear Casino and Resort revved up the first-ever Tesla Supercharger installed within a tribal casino property. The Supercharger will augment the other electric vehicle charging stations within the Black Bear facility. Click here ro read the full Press Release.
8/27 UPDATE: CAMPING CLOSURES, Fires and Road Closures in North Eastern Minnesota including the 1854 Ceded Territory – Hunters, fisherpersons and gatherers be aware of the fire dangers and expect certain areas and roads to be closed. The decision to close areas is never taken lightly as it affects everyone in Northern MN. The unprecedented fire behavior is the driving factor in deciding on the closure order areas. Minnesota has rarely seen fire behavior as extreme as we are seeing currently. The large and speedy fire growth is a cause for great concern as there is no way to predict how fast a fire will grow. Having people in front of a fire doing activities could be very dangerous. Click here for information on fires and road closures in MN. Call Resource Management at 218-878 7101 if you have questions.
Forest Service News Release - 8/27/21 - Camping Restrictions
DNR News Release - 8/27/21 - Camping Restrictions
Superior National Forest Camping Closure - 8/27/21
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
8/25 NOTICE: The MNAW and CAIR Pharmacies have changed their hours to 9am - 3 pm, Monday - Friday. Pharmacy staff will be available for telephone calls, prescription pick ups and clinical pharmacy visits during this time.
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
8/13 PSA from Dr. Reynolds: There is a new Q & A about the Delta Variant from our Medical Director, Dr. Reynolds. Click here to view the PSA.
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.
7/29 TRANSIT NOTICE: Starting in August, the FDL Transit is temporarily suspending weekend rides. Click here for full details.
6/16 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
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.
  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)
Social Distancing guidelines (pdf)