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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".

Community Notices:

3/27 FDL Community Everbridge Sign Up: Your safety is Fond du Lac Band’s top concern. In support of that, we launched an initiative to further strengthen our emergency preparedness and communication plan using Everbridge. This system enables Fond du Lac Band to deliver important information to our community about a wide variety of situations, including safety alerts, public health emergencies, evacuations, meeting cancellations and office closures. This will be another way to receive notifications regarding COVID-19.
Click here to go to the Everbridge Community Sign-Up page.
3/27 NOTICE: Today, the Reservation Business Committee approved Resolution #1119/20, Directing Fond du Lac Reservation Residents to Stay at Home. Click here to view the resolution.
3/26 2020 Primary Election Notice Update: Due to the change in the date of the 2020 Primary Election, the request form has been changed to reflect the new Primary Election date of June 9, 2020. If you require an absentee ballot to vote in the Primary Election on June 9, 2020, 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.
3/26 MN Governor issues Stay at Home Order: On March 25, 2020, Minnesota State Governor, Tim Walz, issued a Stay At Home Order for the state of Minnesota from March 27 - April 10, to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This order is asking state residents to stay at home, except for essential needs. To read more about the order, click here.
3/25 Election Notice: On March 24, 2020, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe TEC delayed the upcoming primary election based on concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary election will now occur on June 9, 2020 , and the general election will occur on August 18, 2020. A copy of the TEC resolution is available here.
3/25 Spearing/Netting Notice: The Fond du Lac Natural Resources Division is accepting sign-ups for Spearing & Netting this spring. Please click here to sign up!
3/24 FDL Food Distribution has updated their special procedures for participants. See procedures here
3/24 Fond du Lac Human Services has updated the guide to Social Distancing for us all to follow. Click here to read the guidelines.
3/23 The Fond du Lac Emergency of Operations Center (EOC) has posted its updates as of 3/22/2020. Please click here to read the update.
3/23 Hours Change: The Fond du Lac Gas & Grocery’s hours have changed. 7 am - 7 pm Monday-Friday, 10 am - 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Fond du Lac EOC has set up a process to provide meals to children and elders. It started on Tuesday, March 17th with the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School then Fond du Lac Head Start started on Wednesday, March 18th and the ENP has continued to provide meals to elders. The EOC will start a new meal process on Monday, March 23rd, 2020, please see the following: If you have a child (0-18 years old) or are an elder (52 years+) and need a meal please use the following to set up meals:

  • If your child attends Fond du Lac Head Start please call 218-878-8100
  • If you have a child (up to 18 years old) that attends school, please see the child’s school’s website for meals
  • If you are an elder that is in NEED of a meal please contact your community centers ENP to get on the list
    • Cloquet Community Center 218-878-2661
    • Brookston Community Center 218-878-8042
    • Sawyer Community Center 218-878-8189
  • If you are an elder that lives OUTSIDE of the Reservation and is in need of a meal please call the EOC Community Hotline 218-878-7175

If it is your child’s “pre-planned” spring break and your child needs a meal please call YOUR District Community Center (please call prior to 9:00 a.m.). If your child lives OUTSIDE of the Reservation and is in need of the meal please call the EOC Community Hotline 218-878-7175.

3/20 April Housing Rent Suspended: In an effort to help community members during this crisis, Fond du Lac Housing is suspending rent for the month of April.
3/20 Properties Available: The FDL Development Corp. is holding lotteries on two properties on the Fond du Lac Reservation; 3131 Maple Dr. and 8087 Simon Rd. Applications from qualified Band Members won't be accepted until after April 6th, and will be accepted until April 22nd, 4:00 pm. See details on the properties below.
3131 Maple Drive
8087 Simon Road

Fond du Lac Propane and Aaniin are open and here to serve you! Fond du Lac Propane Company will continue to remain open and make deliveries. Office (218) 879-4869 Emergency: 1-866-803-9718. Propane emergency after-hours service is still available, 4:30 pm to 8 pm weekdays, and 8 am to 8 pm weekends.

Aaniin/FDL Communications will continue to service customers and perform installations. Office (218) 878-7337. Payment processing is still being handled at Enterprise Accounting, customers should call 218-878-7517 to make a payment.

3/19 NOTICE: The Carlton County United Way has established a COVID-19 Local Relief Fund opening March 23rd. This is a one-time assistance program to help families struggling financially during this crisis. To sign up or donate to the fund, visit the Local Relief Fund page by clicking here.

There was an Emergency of Operations Center (EOC) opened on Monday, March 16th. The EOC opens when an emergency occurs, an emergency is defined as unplanned events which require an immediate response to preserve life, health, property or the environment. The purpose of the EOC is to ensure the effective, coordinated use of local resources, including facilities, equipment, personnel and skills of government and non-government organizations to:

  1. Maximize the protection of life, health, property, and the environment (including cultural sensitive areas of concern).
  2. Ensure the continuity of Fond du Lac Band government services.
  3. Provide support to all districts of the Reservation which require assistance.

If the Fond du Lac Community has questions regarding COVID-19 and how that directly affects Fond du Lac programs and services they are strongly encouraged to call the Community EOC Hotline is 218-878-7175. The EOC is committed to have meals available to children up to 18 years old and Elders (52+), please call the Community EOC Hotline to sign up.

3/18 The FDL Energy Assistance Program has posted a compiled list of Connected Utilities responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the document.
3/18 All Tribal Court hearings scheduled for April 6, 2020 are postponed. Please read this Notice for information about Tribal Court operations and postponements during the Covid-19 pandemic.
3/18 Casinos Closing: The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee has issued a press release stating that in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, they have decided to close Black Bear Casino Resort, and Fond-du-Luth Casino, effective on March 18, 5 pm, until further notice. Click here to read the press release.
3/13 Coronavirus Update: With the increased number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Minnesota, The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee has issued the following Public Service Announcement for Fond du Lac staff and community. Click here to read the announcment.
3/11 FDL VETERANS NOTICE: The National Native American Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Washington, DC will be held November 11, 2020. Interested FDL Veterans can click here for details on attending. The deadline to sign up is March 20, 2020.
3/11 Attention FDL Elders: The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) Conference will be held at the Nugget Resort & Casino in Sparks, NV, on August 17 - 21. Registration is due by Friday, July 24, 2020. Click here for full details.
2/21 The 2020 State of the Band Presentation was held on February 20, 2020. District III (Brookston) Representative, Roger M. Smith, Sr. has posted his portion of the presentation. Click here to read the District III Presentation.
2/18 Empowerment Training: Five Skies Training & Consulting is looking for applicants for their training to be held at Black Bear Casino Resort on April 20. The training is for individuals interested in a construction and/or union career. Click here for full details.