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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:
Indigenous Tools for Living - December 10
New Year's Eve Dance - December 31
Elder Christmas Party - December 6
Elder Brunch & Play - December 15

Community Notices:

12/6 Christmas Tree Silent Auction: The Silent Auction and Voting times have been extended! Silent Auction and Voting ends on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 2pm. Highest bidders will be notified after 2pm to come pay and pick up their tree. To be honest and fair, winners will not be declared until the trees are paid for. Click here for full details.
12/5 With recent snowfall, FDL Forestry will no longer require burn permits when burning brush and similar items. To protect air quality, all rules regarding what can and can not be burned still apply. See the list of prohibited items on the forestry webpage. Thank you and have a great winter!
12/3 Black Bear Casino Resort is holding a Job Fair on December 17, from 10 am to 6 pm. Job seekers can interview on the spot! Click here for full details.
11/25 House Lottery: The Fond du Lac Development Corporation will be having a Lottery for 2 homes on Fond du Lac Reservation. The homes sare located at 1570 Jarvi Road, Cloquet, MN, and 9293 Our Road, Brookston, MN. Applications from qualified Band Members will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 19th, 2019. Click below for details on each home and the Lottery Application.
1570 Jarvi Road Details
9293 Our Road Details
Lottery Application
11/22 PROPANE SHORTAGE NOTICE: The CN rail strike in Canada has impacted our supply of propane. With our propane deliveries being limited and currently no end date to this strike, we will be delivering only 200 gallons to customers unless their tank is completely empty. This process will help us reserve propane for all of our customers. Once the strike is resolved, we will go back to our normal deliveries. We at Fond du Lac Propane would like to extend our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
11/19 Attention Fond du Lac Band Members: 2020 Per Capita Distribution Personal Data Forms have been mailed to your last known address. Please send in your completed form as soon as possible to avoid any delays in receiving your January funds. If you did not receive a form, please contact the FDL Payroll Dept at (218) 878-8021. Thank you.
11/19 Veterans Notice: Fond du Lac Veterans who are in need of proper documentation will need to fill out the Minnesota Service Discharge Upgrade Pro-Bono Pilot Program form. FDL Veterans who need help with this can contact Tom Whitebird, FDL Veterans Services Officer, (218) 878-2670 and he can assist you with the process.
11/18 FDL Constitutional Convention Reform Community Input Meeting: FDL Delegates invite all community members to come to learn more about the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Constitution Reform, who your delegates are and how this impacts you and your families. Our topics currently (November & December) are Writing a New Preamble (Introduction) and Article II Enrollment/Membership. There will be a light meal and gift card drawings at each community meeting. We want to know what your opinions are!
December 10, Cloquet Community Center, 5-7:30 p.m.
December 17, Brookston Community Center, 5-7:30 p.m.
11/15 NOTICE: The FDL Band has received $365,410.00 from the VW emissions settlement with EPA and the Dept of Justice to use toward clean diesel. The Band is purchasing a new propane truck and a new septic pump truck. This quarterly accounting statement shows money spent to date. Click here to see the report.

What to do if you find Eagle Remains in Indian Country? The Fond du Lac Band now has a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to retain eagle remains discovered within the boundaries of the Fond du Lac Reservation. There is a process to report eagle remains that must be followed and individual Band members should report any eagle remains to the Resource Management Division or the Fond du Lac Police Department for recovery.

  • Band members should NOT pick up or disturb eagle remains as it is a violation of federal law to do so.
  • Following an investigation it is possible for eagle remains to be returned to the individual(s) who found them if they desire or the remains can be retained by the Resource Management Division for distribution to community members as appropriate.

Eagle Retention Policy Poster
Eagle Retention Policy Guidelines
Eagle Retention Policy FAQ
Eagle Retention Policy Press Release - 8-13-2019

Contact Resource Management for more information: (218) 878-7101

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