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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".


Recent Additions:

3rd Annual Bike Rally & BBQ - August 24
Bubble Party & Picnic - August 26
Traditional Lacrosse Game - August 28
Elder Overnight Trip - August 23, 24
Farmers Market Tour, Carlton - August 27
FDL Police Annual BBQ - September 10

Community Notices:

8/21 NOTICE: It's the year of the CARROT and we are looking for recipes to share! Submit your favorite carrot recipe by August 28th to Jessica Murray at jessicamurray@fdlrez.com for your chance to win $10 in market bucks for the Cloquet or Carlton farmers market!
8/21 Youth Essay Contest: The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is holding the 2019 IAC Youth Essay Contest open to Indian Country High School students. The contest finalists will be keynote speakers and honored at the Annual IAC Conference in Las Vegas. The essay submittal deadline is October 14, 2019. Click here for full details and entry to the contest.
8/19 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Resource Management announces the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cartwright Road Homesites. The homesites are five least lots located in a Red Pine plantation and are available for Fond du Lac Band members to lease and construct single-family homes on the southern end of Cartwright Road in Cloquet, Minnesota. The FONSI is available for a 30-Day written comment period. Information on how and where to provide comments can be found in the NOA.
See documents here: NOA | FONSI | EA
8/19 Tullibee Netting: Band members will be able to set nets for inland cisco (tullibee) again in 2019. Netting will likely begin late September in the 1854 Ceded Territory on lakes with cisco, except on Lake Vermilion. Lake Vermilion will likely open in October. Click here for full details.
8/19 ATTENTION: A Compensation Committee is being formed to discuss the compensation plan for elected officials. The committee will meet monthly during normal business hours to review the current plan and make recommendations for consideration and acceptance by the Reservation Business Committee. Any Fond du Lac Band Members interested in serving on this committee should submit their name to Miyah Danielson at 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720 by Monday, September 30, 2019.
8/16 2019 Wild Rice Harvest: Aatawemegokokaaning (Perch Lake), Chi-awasonigaming (Rice Portage Lake), and Zhaaganaashiins Odabiwining (Deadfish Lake) will be open for “subsistence” ricing ONLY. The Band will NOT be purchasing wild rice from our on-Reservation lakes. Maashkiigwaagamaag (Mud Lake) and Naawonigami-zaaga’igan (Mid Portage/Jaskari Lake) will be closed to wild rice harvest for 2019. For the first week, harvest will be allowed from 10AM-2PM. Following the first week, harvest will be allowed from 10AM-sunset. An opening date for subsistence harvest will be posted online and at lake landings. Each boat must have personal floatation devices (life jackets) for each individual in the boat. Harvest Outlook- Aatawemegokokaaning (Perch Lake)- less than fair condition, low density of plants, some of the rice is too short to be harvested. Chi-awasonigaming (Rice Portage Lake)- less than fair condition, low density of plants. Zhaaganaashiins Odabiwining (Deadfish Lake)- less than fair condition, low density of plants, much of the rice is short. Click here for images of the Wild Ricing Lakes, more images to follow soon.
8/16 Purchasing of Wild Rice: The Fond du Lac Band will be purchasing unfinished “green rice” from Band members at the Sawyer Center this fall from 12pm-6pm daily. An updated notice will be posted when the beginning date for purchases is determined. Due to less than favorable production from our on-Reservation lakes the Band has decided to rest these lakes and only allow subsistence harvest from them. Click here for full details.
8/16 2019 Intertribal Elk Hunt: Fond du Lac Resource Management Division is accepting applications from parties of 2 hunters to participate in the 2019 Wisconsin tribal elk hunt. A drawing will be held on September 6th at 8:30am to determine which party receives the permit. Click here for full details.
8/16 Traditional Lacrosse Game: The game will be held at the Brookston Community Center on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 10 am - 3 pm. Everyone is welcome to play! Click here for details.
8/9 FREE TRAINING AVAILABLE: The Tribal Technical Assistance Program in Duluth is holding free training sessions for Road Maintenance & Operations, September 24 - 27. Click here for details and registration information.
7/29 NOTICE: The 2019 Veterans Powwow was held on the 13th of July, and District III (Brookston) Representative, Roger Smith Sr., has provided a write-up celebrating this event. To read his newsletter, click here!

MNDNR is seeking FDL Bandmember input on the new Mille Lacs Lake Management Plan. Band members may opt to attend one of the public meetings listed below, or participate using the online questionnaire. Either way, now’s the time for FDL to participate in the planning for Mille Lacs Lake. Here is the website for our Mille Lacs fisheries management planning process, which lists public meeting details and links to an online survey: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/millelacslake/community-conversations.html

7/11 NOTICE: There is a vacancy on the Language Advisory Board, which meets quarterly each year. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by completing the application form linked below, and returning it to jeffsavage@fdlrez.com. The position is open until filled. Application Link
7/3 Mahnomen Bottled Water Grant Program: The Human Services Division Bottled Water Grant Program, has established a program to help alleviate Berkey Water Filter drawbacks, such as for families who have high water demand, where the Berkey units are unable to provide drinking water at such a high rate. The program will use ‘tenant lease holder’ information as provided to FDL Housing on the FDL Housing applications to establish a water allocation quantities and criteria for each home. It is presumed, that the FDL Housing applications have the most up-to-date and accurate information which reflects actual ‘eligible’ individuals residing in the home. For detailed information and verification form, click here.