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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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Elders Movie Morning - December 17
Community New Year's Eve Dance - December 31
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Community Notices Archive

Current Community Notices:

12/8 Closure Notice: The Tribal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, December 11-13. Forms and information are available on the Court’s website (www.fdlrez.com/government/courtmain.htm) and on the wall outside the courtroom at 28 University Road during regular business hours. You may leave a message at 218-878-7151 or email at courtadministrator@fdlrez.com. These messages may not be returned until Thursday, December 14. Thank you.
12/7 Request for Proposals: FDL Housing is seeking sealed bids for a Residential Renovation project located at 238 Tyler Dr., Cloquet, MN. The project will include very little exterior work and mostly interior remodel work. The deadline for submitting bids is December 20, 2023, 3:00 pm. Click here for details.
12/7 Request for Proposals: FDL Housing is seeking sealed bids for a Residential Renovation project located at 3487 W. Moorhead, Cloquet, MN. The project will include very little exterior work and mostly interior remodel work. The deadline for submitting bids is December 20, 2023, 3:00 pm. Click here for details.
12/7 FDL Elder Activities:
FDL Elder Movie Morning - December 17
12/6 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th, 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. Click here to read this meeting's agenda.
12/5 Elders Telling Stories - The Tribal Historic Preservation Office invites Fond du Lac elders to Sawyer Community Center on Wednesday, December, 27th from 5pm-7pm to tell stories for the Office to preserve. Refreshments will be provided.
12/5 Human Services Advisory Board Seeking Members: The Fond du Lac Human Services Advisory Board (HSAB) is looking for nominations for the following vacancies: Duluth Representative (1 Vacancy), Cloquet Representative (1 Vacancy), Sawyer Representative (2 Vacancies). All submissions must be turned in by Friday, December 29, 2023. Click here for full details.
12/5 Language Advisory Board Meeting: The next FDL Language Advisory Board Meeing will be held on December 20, at the FDL Language & Cultural Learning Center. Click here for full details. For information about the Language Advisory Board, events and meeting minutes, be sure to see the webpage here.
12/1 Public Notice: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received a request from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 for a Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the renewal of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Point Source Discharges from the Application of Pesticides (PGP). The PGP was originally issued in 2011 and renewed in 2016 and 2021. Each time, Fond du Lac has DENIED this Certification. Federal permits or licenses are only valid on the Fond du Lac Reservation if they have received 401 Water Quality Certification. The Office of Water Protection has issued a 30-Day Public Notice regarding the request for certification to invite interested parties to submit written facts, arguments, or objections to the address listed in the Public Notice. These statements should address the protection of water quality on the Reservation in regard to the PGP. Click here to read the full notice.
11/30 Community Meal: The Community Meal with the Fond du Lac Police Department will be held on Wednesday, December 13, at the Sawyer Community Center. Click here for full details.
11/28 2023 Biboon Celebration: The FDL Ojibwe School is holding the annual Biboon Celebration on Wednesday, December 20th. The celebration is from 12:30 pm - 3 pm for students and families only, then 3 pm - 6 pm for the FDL Community. Enjoy winter fun and activities, and dinner served from 5 pm - 6 pm. Click here for details.
11/27 Request for Proposals: By order of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, sealed bids for the 2023 Black Bear Casino Resort New Data Center Project will be received in accordance with the documents prepared by Northland Technology. The deadline for submitting bids is December 21, 2023, 2:00 pm. Click here for details.
11/27 Wildfire Update: With the recent drying conditions, we have an elevated wildfire risk in the light fuels across the reservation. These fuels (tall grass, cattails, oak leaves, and pine needles) are the ones to dry out first and become more receptive to sparks as time goes on along with sunny days and wind. Click here to read the full update.
11/21 AICHO to host first in-person session of Indigenous Writer Series: AICHO will co-host its first in-person Indigenous Writer Series session, featuring writers and publishers Thomas Peacock and Elizabeth (Betsy) Albert-Peacock on December 16, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at 212 West 2nd Street, Duluth, MN. This event series will be co-hosted by The University of Minnesota, Duluth’s Department of American Indian Studies. Jill Doerfler, Ph.D., UMD Department of American Indian Studies Director and writer will be moderating this session. In their session, Peacock and Albert-Peacock will each talk about their books, read an excerpt of their books, participate in a Q&A segment, and sign books. AICHO will provide refreshments for event participants.
Indigenous Writer Series session Flyer
Full Media Release
11/21 Home for Sale: The Fond du Lac Development Corporation will be holding a Lottery for a home located at 1229 Northrup Road, Cloquet, MN. 55720. Applications from qualified Band Members will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27th, 2023. Click here for details and a walkthrough video.
11/21 Community New Year's Eve Dance: The Brookston Community Center welcomes the FDL Community to its New Year's Eve Dance on December 31st, from 8 pm to 1 am. There will be games & prizes, refreshments, balloon drop and more! Click here for details.
11/17 SAVE THE DATE: The 13 Moons Gigchi-Manidoo Giiziz Powwow will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at the Black Bear Casino Resort Otter Creek Event Center. Click here for the Save the Date flyer, more information will be made available soon!
11/16 One Roof Housing Homes for Sale: One Roof Community Housing in Duluth has 2 homes for sale at 1317 and 1319 99th Ave West. This pair of houses are of the second generation of narrow-format single family homes designed to fit on the many vacant 25’-0” wide lots in Duluth. One Roof also has a Solar Lease program for people to get a solar system installed for $0! See the following documents for details.
One Roof Homes for Sale
One Roof Community Land Trust program
One Roof Solar Lease program
11/15 Friends of the BWCA: Fond du Lac Tribal Chairman, Kevin Dupuis, provided some key comments about the importance of the BWCA for the Friends of the BWCA Gala on September 30, 2023. Click here to see the video.
11/14 AFDO Seafood Alliance HACCP Training: GLIFWC will be sponsoring an AFDO Seafood HACCP Training held at the Ojibwa Casino, Baraga, MI, on December 5 - 7. GLIFWC will pay the $136.50 HACCP Registration fee (which includes the course book), provide hotel rooms, and food and mileage reimbursements for qualified participants. Fond du Lac Band members, including subsistence fishermen and those active in harvesting and processing fish, are included. See the following documents for details. HACCP Announcement | HACCP Flyer | HACCP Agenda.
11/13 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Administration is soliciting proposals from individuals to create a painting, live during an event. We are seeking individuals with experience in medium scale painting to design and paint a canvas during a scheduled event. Fond du Lac Band would own the rights to the painting. Timeline of work will be 2.5 hours of the event. Please submit a proposal along with your experience and examples of work by December 15, 2023. Click here for details.
11/7 Health Notice: Health officials urge people not to eat WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit pouches. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising parents and caregivers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because the product may contain elevated levels of lead. WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches are sold nationally and are available through multiple retailers, including Sam’s Club, Amazon and Dollar Tree. Parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should contact their child’s health care provider about getting a blood-lead test. There is no safe level of lead and children are most at risk for negative health effects from exposure to lead, such as decreased IQ. This is why health officials are encouraging parents to check for this product and not consume it. The investigation into this product is ongoing. More information, including the product recall announcement, can be found on the FDA’s website.
11/2 FDL Public Works Snow & Ice Removal Policy: The Fond du Lac Public Works Highway Department is responsible for the removal of snow and ice from the Fond du Lac maintained roads. The Snow & Ice Removal Policy has been created to establish expectations and improve citizen awareness of snow and ice removal procedures, and to clarify the Fond du Lac Public Works Highway Department's level of service for snow and ice removal. Click here to read the policy.
11/2 Mitten/Hat Tree Drive: Donate new mittens and hats to the Mitten/Hat Tree at FDL Social Services at the Min No Aya Win Clinic. The drive will be from November 6 - December 21. All items will be donated to students ages 5-17 in need of winter gear. Click here for details.
11/1 Eye Drops Safety Concern: The FDA has issued a warning to consumers not to purchase, to immediately stop using and to discard affected product of 26 over-the-counter eyedrop products due to risk of eye infection. Fond du Lac Pharmacies stocked/dispensed one of the identified products. Click here for details and safety instructions.
10/23 Economic Development Committee Meetings: The Economic Development Committee (EDC) meetings are open to the interested public. The next scheduled meeting will be held on December 5, 2023. Please remember to register for each meeting, we need to add this layer of security because these meetings are open to the public. You may join us in person or virtually, whatever your schedule allows for. Click here to register for the meeting. EDC by-laws can be accessed by clicking here.
10/19 Gitigaaning: 'The Place of the Gardens' video is now available for viewing. This short mini-documentary captures the story of the growing food sovereignty efforts happening at Fond du Lac and the highlights the 36-acre Gitigaaning property/farm which was purchased by the Band in 2017. View video here.
10/2 Food Distribution Notice: The program income guidelines have changed as of October, 2023. Please call or view on the Food Distribution Program website to see if you may be eligible for new services.
9/28 At-Home Rapid Covid-19 Tests: The state of Minnesota and the USPS has made at-home rapid Covid-19 test kits available for free. Residents are able to order 8 test kits per month, while supplies last. Click here to visit the Minnesota Dept. of Health site to place an order. Click here for further details. Click here for free test kits from the USPS.
9/27 Germ Season in Here: Around the Fond du Lac area there has been an increase in cases of COVID-19, RSV, and colds. With flu season upon us, we are asking the community to stay home when you are sick. Click here for a few tips to help prevent the spread of germs.
9/25 Air Program Project Stove Swap: The leaves are changing, and winter will be here soon! Do you have an old, inefficient wood stove heating your home? Do you qualify for SNAP, WIC, Head Start, or other assistance programs? The Fond du Lac Air Program is partnering with Environmental Initiative’s Project Stove Swap to assist with upgrading old wood stoves for free or at a deep discount. Please click here for more information, and reach out to the Fond du Lac Air Program, Paige Huhta or Anthony Mazzini , to receive an application for this program. Save money, keep warm, and protect the air and the health of our community through these improvements!
9/1 2023/24 Hunting & Trapping Seasons: The FDL RBC has approved the fall hunting seasons for the FDL Reservation and the 1854 and 1837 Ceded Territories of Minnesota. Important dates and information are listed in the flyer below. Complete copies of the seasons and limits will be available soon at the Resource Management Division’s office and posted online on the Division’s webpage. Click here for an informational flyer.
8/21 Teamsters Apprenticeship Program: No cost training to be a Construction Truck Driver will be available in the Spring of 2024. Applications are being accepted now! Click here for full details.
8/3 NOTICE: Nagaajiwanaang Genawendangig Anishinaabemowin (The Ones who Take Care of Anishinaabemowin at Fond du Lac) are seeking advisory board members. The purpose of the Nagaajiwanaang Genawendangig Anishinaabemowin is to acquaint themselves with all of the language activities and services available in the region and periodically review language plans. In addition, advisory board members will advise the Language Coordinator in matters related to management and development issues affecting Anishinaabemowin preservation and revitalization, and review grant opportunities for funding language programs and projects. Per Fond du Lac Ordinance #05/14, as amended. If you are interested, please email jeffsavage@fdlrez.com or call 218-878-758
  Homeowner Assistance Fund Program: The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has received funding from the United States Department of the Treasury to administer a Homeowner Assistance Fund program, designed to provide mortgage, utility, and internet payment assistance relief to Tribal homeowners. Click here for details and a program overview with application instructions.