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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:

2/21 2020 Primary Election Notice: If you require an absentee ballot to vote in the Primary Election on March 31, 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.
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.
2/21 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION NOTICE: The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe has posted a Primary Election Notice of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee to be held on March 31, 2020. The Primary Election is to fill the positions of District I (Cloquet), and District III (Brookston) Representatives. Click here to read the notice.
2/21 2020 ELECTION NOTICE: A notice has been posted to announce the mailing address of the General Reservation Election Board. The address is: P.O. Box 430, Cloquet, MN, 55720. Click here for the notice.
2/20 NOTICE: We are very saddened to announce the passing of former RBC Member, Daryold Blacketter, and wish only the best for his surviving family. Services will be held at the Sawyer Community Center on Saturday, February 22nd, with funeral service on Sunday, February 23rd. Please click here to read his obituary.
2/19 Constitutional Convention Meeting: Fond du Lac Delegates are hosting this month’s Constitutional Convention Meeting on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Black Bear Casino. We expect to discuss several important issues including our Introduction (Preamble), Article XII Amendment, Process Discussion and more.
2/18 EPA Spirit Lake Open House: The EPA is holding an Open House to discuss cleaning up Spirit Lake. The open house will be held on March 4, 2020, at the Morgan Park Community Center in Duluth, MN. Click here for full details.
2/18 Empowerment Training: Five Skies Training & Consulting is looking for applicants for their training to be held at Black Bear Casino Resort on March 16 and April 20. The training is for individuals interested in a construction and/or union career. Click here for full details.
2/13 2020 Election Notice: On February 11, 2020, the Fond du Lac RBC sent a letter of Election Board Appointments to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Please click here to read the letter. See all election related documents on the FDL Government main page by clicking here.
2/11 Coronavirus Notice: The Fond du Lac Human Services Division has put out a Public Service Announcement about the new 2019 Novel Coronavirus and how it impacts Fond du Lac. Click here to read the PSA.
2/11 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Ojibwe School is seeking one (1) At Large School Board Representative. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest identifying their strengths and interest in becoming a school board member to:
Michelle DeMenge
Fond du Lac Ojibwe School
49 University Rd.
Cloquet, MN 55720
218-878-7241 (Office)
218-878-7263 (Fax)
2/11 2020 Election Notice: On February 10, 2020, the Fond du Lac RBC sent a letter of Candidate Certifications to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Please click here to read the letter. See all election related documents on the FDL Government main page by clicking here.
2/10 Timber Sales Notice: Fond du Lac Forestry is auctioning two timber sales. A red pine thinning in Carlton County and a red pine and white spruce thinning in St. Louis County. The bid deadline will be 2pm, February 28th. Please visit FDL Forestry Timber Sales page for more information.
2/10 FDL Constitutional Convention Reform Community Input Meeting: FDL Delegates invite all community members to come to discuss your ideas on important topics! Also, learn more about the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Constitution Reform, who your delegates are and how this impacts you and your families. Our topics currently are Finalizing a New Preamble (Introduction) and Article II Enrollment/Membership; Changing the requirements? Our next topic will be Governance; What do we want our government to look like? MCT, TEC? Councils? There will be a light meal and gift card drawings at each community meeting. We want to know what your opinions are!
February 25 at Sawyer Community Center 5-7:30 p.m.
2/5 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Resource Management Division announces that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has issued a Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the granting of 19 Right-of-Way easements across BIA managed lands associated with the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement and Line 4 Relocation Projects on the Reservation. The FONSI is available for review for 30 days. Contact information is contained in the NOA to obtain a copy of the Environmental Assessment on which the FONSI is based. The FONSI and NOA are available by clicking here.
1/31 Cold & Flu Season: FDL Human Services wants to remind everyone that washing your hands often and properly can help avoid catching a cold or flu. They also provide a guide for you to tell the difference between the two.
Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands
Is It A Cold or Flu?
1/28 IT'S TAX TIME: If you're looking for some help with your taxes, there are several local area tax prep help sites available! Click here for a list of local sites.
1/27 Youth Leadership Program: The Tribal College Extension Youth Leadership Program will meet monthly on Saturdays, through June 27, 2020. The next meeting will be on February 29th, at the FDL Head Start Gym. Click here for full details and the schedule for the rest of the year.
1/21 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.