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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".

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Community Notices:

7/2 The Fond du Lac Human Services Division want you to enjoy a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend! Click here for details.
7/1 Kiwenz Campground Open for Day Use: The Kiwenz Campground is open for day use as of July 1, 2020. Safety measures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are in place. Click here for details and rules.
6/26 General Election Notice: The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee will hold a lottery to determine the order in which the candidates in the General Election for the 2020 Regular Election will appear on the ballots. The lottery will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Click here for full details.
6/26 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Forestry program is asking all community members to exercise caution and good judgement in regards to campfires, ceremonial fires, grilling, fireworks, and operating motorized equipment. We have not received any significant rainfall this spring or summer. Conditions have not been this dry, this late in the season, in over 20 years. The FDL Fire program and local DNR resources have been responding to wildfires since the snow melted this spring and conditions continue to become dryer and dryer as summer is progressing. We are seeing green grass burning as if it was still brown, running crown fires in aspen and birch stands, and more plants starting to wilt in our dry, windy, hot weather. The Forestry program will not be offering burn permits until we receive significant rainfall. Miigwech and be safe!
6/26 The Fond du Lac Water & Wastewater Department is issuing the 2019 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1st to December 31st, 2019.
See the individual reports below:
2019 Danielson CCR
2019 Ridge Road CCR
2019 Mahnomen CCR
6/25 Free Career Training Courses: DEED has partnered with Coursera, a digital learning platform. This partnership gives Minnesotans the opportunity to access courses from top universities and training from businesses for free. People who are out of work or want to learn new skills can earn certifications at no-cost. Any Minnesotan who has applied for unemployment insurance in 2020 and already has an account on uimn.org will receive an invitation to sign up for Coursera; other Minnesotans who are interested may also provide their name and contact information at CareerForceMN.com/Coursera to receive access.
6/24 Car Seat Clinics: Clinics are back and will be held on the same days as usual, but times and locations have changed. Also, clinics will be held by appointment only, and have other COVID related safety measures in place. Please click here for details and sign up information for the July 21st clinic, and click here to see the 2020 schedule.
6/22 MN Small Business Relief Grants Program - The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced that the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program. This program will provide $10,000 grants to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. The application period will begin on Tuesday, June 23rd and close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2nd. Click here for full details.
6/18 FDL TRANSIT SOFT OPENING NOTICE: FDL Transit is open as of June 22nd. In accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, there will be limits to passengers and routes. Click here for full details.
6/12 Notice: On June 12, 2020, the Reservation Business Committee approved Resolution #1263/20, which lifts the stay-at-home order and curfew for the Fond du Lac Reservation, effective at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020. Click here to view the resolution.
The Band’s state of emergency, declared through Resolution #1101/20, and Band’s the public health emergency, declared through Resolution #1172/20, remain in place. Click here to view the emergency declaration and click here to view the public health emergency declaration.
6/12 Diabetes Medication Recall Alert: Recently, some manufacturers of the diabetes medication, Metformin, have issued recalls. You may hear about this in the media. Some batches of metformin have been found to contain unacceptable levels of NDMA(N-Nitrosodimethylamine). NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products and vegetables. As of this time, Min No Aya Win pharmacy has NOT distributed any affected metformin. However, some patients from CAIR and Mashkiki Waakaaigan pharmacies have received metformin affected by the recalls. Patients who have received affected medication will be contacted by pharmacy and arrangements will be made to replace these prescriptions. Do NOT stop taking metformin without first speaking to your health care provider. As always, if you have questions, please contact your pharmacist or provider for more information.
6/11 Expanded and updated COVID-19 testing update: On May 19, 2020 Fond du Lac Human Services made the decision to stop the use of the Abbott ID NOW point-of-care COVID-19 testing due to concerns about the accuracy of results. As discussed, we continued to evaluate the machine’s test result accuracy from new evidence and research and feel confident in resuming this as a test option here at Fond du Lac. Abbott ID NOW is a point-of-care test that provides us test results within 20-minutes (Min No Aya Win only). Mayo Clinic Laboratory is our second testing and they provide us test results in 1-5 days and is being done at each clinic site. Both of these testing methods have been authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use during this public health emergency under their Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) authority. The medical care we provide to the Fond du Lac Community is our highest priority and we will continue to evaluate all testing options during this time. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 please contact our triage team at 218-878-2120 or after hours at 218-879-1227 to talk with the on-call physician. Christine Davis, FNP Medical Clinic Coordinator.
6/10 Primary Election Results: The official results of the June 9, 2020 Primary Election are in. Click here to see the results.
6/8 SNAP NOTICE: The Coronavirus continues to impact our communities in many ways. If you need assistance with food, there are opportunities to get the nutritious food your family needs to stay healthy. If you have children and were receiving SNAP or MFIP as of March 18, 2020, you will receive an automatic benefit on your EBT card. If you weren’t receiving SNAP or MFIP but your child was receiving free or reduced lunch, you can apply for P-EBT to help buy food for your family: www.mn.p-ebt.org
6/4 COVID-19 Testing Update from MN Dept. of Health: We recommend that any Minnesotan who has attended a protest, vigil, or community clean-up get tested for COVID-19. If you start to feel sick, get tested right away. If you do not feel sick, try to get tested 5-7 days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick. Talk to a doctor, local clinic, or find a testing location near you: Click here
6/4 Summer Lunches: The FDL Ojibwe School Summer Lunch Program will run from June 8 - September 4, Mondays - Thursdays, from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm each day. Please click here for full details.
6/1 Fitness Class Notice: Want to stay fit while social distancing? FDL Human Services is holding fitness classes through Zoom meetings. Please email Katie Hughes at Kathleenhughes@fdlrez.com if you are interested in more information. Click here for details.
Yoga - Mondays 12-1pm
PiYo - Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-1pm
Get Fit - Wednesdays 12-1pm
5/18 Fond du Lac has withdrawn from the NICOA conference held between August 17-21 in Sparks, NV. We apologize for the inconvenience.
5/14 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reservation Business Committee approved the following three employment policies: the Covid-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy, the COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy, and the Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy. See the policies below.
COVID-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy
COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy
Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy
To apply for leave under these policies, use the COVID-19 Leave Request form available here.
5/5 Weekend Lunches: Parents need to call their center number by 9 AM on Thursdays. If you are/have a child (up to 17 years old) and are in need of lunches over the weekend who attends either: South Ridge, Carlton or Cloquet Schools please call your child’s District Community Center.
Cloquet Community Center: 218-878-7510
Brookston Community Center: 218-878-8033
Sawyer Community Center: 218-878-8197
4/17 Elder Meals Update:
If you are an Elder living in the Cloquet District please call the Cloquet ENP at 218-878-2661.
If you are an Elder living in the Brookston District please call the Brookston ENP at 218-878-8042.
If you are an elder living in the Sawyer District that does not receive an ENP delivered meal please call Brookston ENP at 218-878-8042.
(Due to COVID-19 and staffing, Sawyer Elders are being directed to call Brookston ENP to sign up for a lunch)