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 4,000 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.
Current Community Notices:
|RBC Open Meeting: The next RBC Open Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2024, 5:30 pm at the CAIR Building in Duluth, MN, and is also open to FDL Band members via Zoom. Click the Zoom Link for access. The meeting ID is 912 9438 5618 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.
|Cultural Ceremonies: Come join the Cultural Ceremonies at the FDL Language and Cultural Center throughout the month of March. The March dates are March 5, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 24, 26, 27, 28. Click here for details.
|Community Theater Show: The Fond du Lac Tribal Community College and the Native American Theater Company, Spiderwoman Theater, are partnering to show "Misdemeanor Dream" at the Cloquet High School on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2. Click here for more information!
|Band members: Due to increased costs associated with repairs and replacements, fees will now be charged for renting Fond du Lac tents, tables, and chairs as of February 28, 2024. Please keep in mind that if you booked before February 28th, you will not be charged for your rental needs, and no rental costs will be charged for funeral services. For any questions about pricing, or to reserve your rental, please call 218-878-8025 or 218-878-8028.
Elder Encore Theater: Black Comedy - Mar 15-17, 21-24
Elder Movie Mornings - Mar 17, Apr 7
Elder Concerns Cultural Trip - April 20
Elder Chanhassen Dinner Theater Trip - May 15-16
Elder Defensive Driving Class
|Fired Up About Welding Camp: Fired Up About Welding is a 2-day camp for High School students interested in learning the basics of welding. The camp will be held on April 18 and 19, at the Lake Superior College downtown campus. The camp is free to attend. Click here for details and registration information.
|Chi-aya’aag Dibaajimowaad: Elders Telling Stories. Monthly gatherings will rotate between the FDL Community Centers of each district, from 5 pm - 7 pm. The next scheduled date is Wednesday, March 27, at the Sawyer Community Center. Click here to see the 2024 schedule.
|2024 Election Board Notice: The Reservation Business Committee has reassigned appointed members to the 2024 Election boards due to resignations. The Band’s updated letter to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is available here.
|Construction Career Job Fairs: See the links below for upcoming Job Fairs in the Duluth area..
Hiring Now Job Fair - March 6
Careers in Construction Job Fair - March 13
LIUNA Construction Career Fair - April 2
|RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 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.
|Burn Permits Notice: Due to gusty winds and lower moisture conditions, burn permits will be needed for anything over 3 feet in diameter until further notice. Please direct your requests through Resource Management. Thank you.
|2024 Primary Election Absentee Ballot Notice: If you require an absentee ballot to vote in the Primary Election on April 2, 2024, you can submit a form requesting an absentee ballot. Click here to download the Absentee Ballot Request Form, and send the completed form to General Reservation Election Board, P.O. Box 430, Cloquet, MN, 55720.
|2024 Primary Election Notice: A Primary Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Election of the FOND DU LAC Reservation Business Committee will be held on April 2, 2024, to fill the following positions: Chairperson, District I (Cloquet) Committeeperson and District III (Brookston) Committeeperson. Click here to read the official MCT Primary Election notice.
|2024 Brookston State of the Band Presentation: The District III, Brookston Representative, Roger Smith, Sr., has provided a trascript of the Brookston Presentation at the State of the Band open meeting that took place on February 15, 2024. Click here to read the transcription.
|Harm Reduction Community Conversation: Fond du Lac Human Services is hosting a Community Conversation on Harm Reduction on Thursday, March 7th, from 5 pm - 8 pm at the Black Bear Casino Otter Creek Event Center. Dinner is included. Click here for details.
|Child Abuse Prevention Walk/Brunch: The Child Abuse Prevention Walk/Brunch will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Meet at the Human Services lower level parking lot. Click here for full details.
|2024 Election Boards: The Reservation Business Committee has appointed members to the 2024 Election boards. Appointees will be notified by letter with instructions to contact Rita Ojibway to confirm their acceptance. The Band’s appointment of the contest judge and alternate along with the selection of appellate forum are also contained in this letter. The Band’s letter to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is available here.
|2024 Election Candidate Certification: The candidates for the 2024 Regular Election have been certified by the Reservation Business Committee and an Order of Placement Lottery was held to determine the order of candidates on the primary ballot. The Band’s certification letter to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is available here.
|Economic Development Committee Meetings: The Economic Development Committee (EDC) meetings are open to the interested public. The next scheduled meeting will be held on March 5, 2024, 3 pm - 4:30 pm, In the Tribal Center Planning Conference Room. You may join us in person or virtually, whatever your schedule allows for. Click here to join the meeting via Zoom. EDC by-laws can be accessed by clicking here.
|FDL Forestry Survey: What types of Forests and Forest Management activities would you like to see more of at Fond du Lac Reservation? Please take Fond du Lac Forestry's new survey (even if you took the one in 2022) so that your input can guide Forest Management at Fond du Lac Reservation. Click here to take the survey.
|Tribal Court Notice: The Tribal Court’s April citation hearings will be held on the second Monday of April, April 8th, instead of the regularly scheduled first Monday of the month. Please click here for details. Thank you
|Housing Policy Amendment: FDL Housing has an amended Payment and Rents Policy. Click here to read this, and all other FDL Housing policies.
|Woodlot Update: Fond du Lac Forestry has opened a new woodlot located on Maki Road. Band members are required to obtain a permit prior to gathering firewood from this property. This woodlot is year-round accessible and painted trees are NOT to be harvested. Details are available on the permit. The Brevator Road woodlot will be re-opened on Tuesday, January 30th. This is later than usual due to the record-breaking warm temperatures in December which kept the access road thawed. To obtain a woodlot permit, contact Amy Skrivanek at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218-878-7118), or from the Resource Management front desk at 218-878-7101. Band members will need their tribal ID to pick up a permit. If you have any questions about the woodlot or how the trees are marked, contact Phillip Hass at email@example.com (218)-600-7211, or Alex Mehne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-409-1760.
|Breastfeeding support at Black Bear Casino Resort: Support for breastfeeding at Black Bear Casino Resort just got better! With the help of grant dollars and the Community Health Services Department, we’ve installed a new Mamava Lactation Pod located near the Otter Creek Event Center. Click here for details.
|Air Program Project Stove Swap: Winter is here! 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 continuing to partner 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 (218-878-7108, email@example.com) and Anthony Mazzini (218-878-7112, firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions and to receive an application. Remaining project funding is limited, so please reach out as soon as you are able. Save money, keep warm, and protect the air and the health of our community through these improvements! Miigwech!
|Five Skies Empowerment Training: Join the hundreds of individuals who have completed the Five Skies Empowerment Training Program and are now better prepared for success in their construction jobs. The training is a 4-week program from April 15 - May 10, 2024. The training will be held at the Legendary Waters Casino in Bayfield, WI. Click here for full details.
|2024 FDL Election Announcement: The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe hereby announces that a Regular Election will be held on June 11, 2024, on the Fond du Lac Reservation. This REGULAR ELECTION provides for a April 2, 2024, PRIMARY ELECTION in the event there are more than two (2) eligible candidates for each open position. Elected positions to be filled are Chairperson, Committeeperson District I, Committeeperson District III. Click here to read the full announcement.
|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 and are due by February 4, 2024. Click here for full details.
|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.
|GLIFWC Summer Internships: The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is pleased to announce available internships for its 2024 GLIFWC Internship Program. Through this internship program, college students will work one-on-one with a GLIFWC mentor in various divisions and learn about necessary coursework, college degrees, and trainings which result in gainful employment in a multitude of careers. Click here for full details.
|Opening on Law Enforcement Review Board: There is an opening for a Brookston Representative on the Fond du Lac Law Enforcement Review Board. The committee meets every 3rd Friday of the month. Any Fond du Lac Band Members interested in serving on this committee should submit their name to Terri Redding at FDL Conservation Department, 28 University Road, Cloquet MN or by calling 218-878-7155.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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 email@example.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.