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Welcome to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation website. The Reservation lies in Northeastern Minnesota adjacent to the city of Cloquet, MN, approximately 20 miles west of Duluth, MN. The Fond du Lac Reservation, established by the LaPointe Treaty of 1854, is one of six Reservations inhabited by members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
The Chippewa Nation is the second largest ethnic group of Indians in the United States. Archaeologists maintain that ancestors of the present day Chippewa have resided in the Great Lakes area since at least 800 A.D. Click here for a more thorough history of the Lake Superior Chippewa people.
Click on the links to the left to view our various operations and departments. Check below for the most current happenings, the newest items will be on top.

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  • 9/17 The 2014 Gitigaan Fall Feast and Farmers Market will be held at the FDL Tribal Center on Saturday, September 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Click here for full details!

  • 9/16 The next Cooking Classes will be held on September 18th, in the Tribal Center ENP at noon. Click below for more information:
    September 18 Cooking Class

  • 9/16 Fond du Lac Operations Division is seeking photos for our 2015 Calendar. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 3, 2014 Please forward photos to Roberta Fox, email robertafox@fdlrez.com, contact by phone at 218-878-2620.

  • 9/12 The September open meeting has been cancelled. The Reservation Business Committee will be returning to the required Quarterly open meeting schedule. The next open meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. on November 20, 2014 at the Cloquet Community Center.

  • 9/12 The Reservation Business Committee’s Policy on Access to Band-Owned Wild Rice Landings is available here. Non-Indians are allowed to access Band-owned landings only if (1) the individual is a spouse of a Band member and is accompanied by his or her spouse, (2) the individual has a current state license to harvest wild rice, and (3) the individual resides on the Fond du Lac Reservation.

  • 9/9 Resource Management’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Leah Savage, is looking for individuals,  even if you knew someone that spent time in the area, or know of stories of the area, to interview to gather knowledge of any traditional/cultural significant properties and/or activities that families have used in the area of the current Minntac Mining areas on the Mesabi Iron Range, since it is in our 1854 Ceded Territory which includes: maple sugaring areas, wild rice waters, trails, village sites, sites with spiritual significance, and other historic properties. The Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires U.S Steel Inc. to evaluate potential effects on properties of cultural and religious significance to Indian tribes. If needed, I am willing to travel to conduct interviews. Miigwech! If you have any questions or for more information, please call Leah Savage at 218-878-7129, or mail to: 
    Leah Savage
    FDL Resource Management
    1720 Big Lake RoadCloquet, MN 55720

  • 9/8 The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe has adopted an Ordinance Implementing Constitutional Petition and Censure Processes. Click here to read the ordinance.

  • 9/4 All On-Reservation Wild Rice Lakes will be open for ricing on 9/7, 9/9, 9/11, and 9/13! Click here to read the full announcement.
    2014 Wild Rice Survey Photos and Information:
    The Fond du Lac Resource Management Division in cooperation with the DNR, 1854 Treaty Authority and the Superior National Forest conducted an aerial survey of rice stands across the FDL Reservation, Carlton, St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties on August 26 and 27. Click Here to see photographs and information about various rice stands.

  • 9/4 The Annual Diabetes Expo will be held in Minneapolis on Saturday, October 11th. There is a round-trip bus available leaving from Duluth, Cloquet, and Moose Lake for a $10 fee. Click here for full details and sign-up information.

  • 9/2 The 2014 Fall Netting season at Mille Lacs Lake and 1854 Ceded Territory Lakes is approaching. Based on water temperature, mid-October is likely. Click here for full details and a sign-up link for Mille Lacs Lake netting.

  • 9/2 Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are pleased to announce the fourth annual Ojibwe Immersion Academy Weekend Cohort to be held over the upcoming school year at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN. The Ojibwe Immersion Academy Weekend Cohort is a rare opportunity for intermediate and advanced language learners to study one-on-one and in small groups with Ojibwe elders and faculty speakers one weekend a month for 6 months beginning November 2014. For more information and/or an application please email ojibwemotaadidaa@gmail.com  All applications are due before 4pm, September 23, 2014. Click here for the information packet.

  • 8/22 The Reservation Business Committee is seeking additional applications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Cultural Resources Advisory Review Board. The board provides recommendations about historic preservation issues. If you are interested in serving, please submit your name, address, and telephone number in writing to Rita Ojibway at 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720 on or before October 31, 2014. If you have previously submitted your name, it is not necessary to reapply.

  • 8/19 The Carlton County Transportation Department proposes to add right turn lanes on Big Lake Road at the intersections of Brevator Road and Reservation Road to by widening the roadway at these two intersections to improve driver safety. A total of 9,670 square feet of wetland is proposed to be permanently impacted. Click here to read the 30-Day Public Notice.

  • 8/15 The 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Seasons and Limits for the FDL Reservation and the 1854 and 1837 Ceded Territories of Minnesota are available on the Natural Resources page or at the Resource Management Division Office. Click here for details. Carcass tags will be available at the Resource Management Division office beginning Monday, August 18th. Following the hard winter, deer tags for the Reservation will be limited to 2 per person. Bear season on the Reservation and in 1854 opens on August 30th – two days before the State opener. The FDL Band will not have a moose season in 2014.

  • 8/5 On July 23, 2014, the Fond du Lac Band sent a letter of intent to the United States Environmental Protection Agency notifying the agency that the Band intends to pursue Class I air quality re-designation on the Reservation. These letters were followed up with offering consultation to other government entities and the opening of a 70 day public comment period. Click here to read the announcement of Public Comment period. Please click here to view the Class 1 Redesignation page.