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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:

10/17 Community Flu Shot Clinics:
Wednesday, October 30th: Tribal Center 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Friday, November 1st: CAIR, Duluth 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Wednesday, November 6th: Brookston CC, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Friday, December 6th: Elder Christmas Party at BBCR 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10/10 Cloquet District ValleyScare Trip: Trip is on Saturday, October 26th. Hard deadline for sign up is Friday, October 18, at 4:30 PM. FDL Tribal ID required for sign up. Sign up in-person only with Cloquet Community Center Manager Mon-Fri, 8-4:30. Cloquet District will have priority, other districts can be put on a waiting list if spots open. Click here for details.
10/9 NOTICE: The FDL Human Services (HSD) Institutional Review Board (IRB) has openings for two (2) members. The IRB ensures that the research activities meet ethical, cultural, and legal standards. No HSD research activities that involve human subjects, cultural, or other resources of the Band may begin prior to approval by the IRB and Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee. Interested individuals have until November 30, 2019, to apply. Click here for full details.
10/7 FDL Constitutional Convention Reform Community Input Meeting: 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 topic this month (October) is Enrollment/Membership. There will be a light meal and gift card drawings at each community meeting. We want to know what your opinions are!
October 22, Cloquet Community Center, 5-7:30 p.m.
November 12, Brookston Community Center, 5-7:30 p.m.
November 26, Sawyer Community Center, 5-7:30 p.m.
9/25 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 Communications Building Project. The Communications Building is proposed to be constructed with office space for 12 staff, a data center, co-lab/lease space, conference room, garage, storage, break room, common areas, parking, driveways, landscaping and utilities on 2.83 acres adjacent to Fond du Lac Gas and Grocery 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.
Comm. Bldg NOA | Comm. Bldg FONSI | Comm. Bldg EA
9/11 The months of October, and November bring a special opportunity for community members interested in learning Ojibwemowin. You have the opportunity to attend an Ojibwe language table 5 nights per week. On Mondays, AICHO (202 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55802) hosts a language table from 5:00PM until 7:00PM with Ricky DeFoe. On Tuesdays, Cloquet Community Center (1720 Big Lake Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720) hosts an immersion night from 5:00PM until 6:30PM with first language speaker Tom Jack. On Wednesdays, Brookston Community Center (8200 Belich St, Cloquet, MN 55720) hosts a language table from 5:00PM until 6:30PM with first language speaker Tom Jack, artist Barbara Rodaks, and Ojibwe language teacher Sid Keller. On Thursdays, Cloquet Community Center (1720 Big Lake Rd, Cloquet, MN 55720) hosts a language table from 5:00PM until 6:30PM with artist Barbara Rodaks and Ojibwe language teacher Sid Keller. On Fridays, Sawyer Community Center (3243 Moorhead Rd, Cloquet, MN 55780) hosts a language table with artist Barbara Rodaks and Ojibwe language teacher Sid Keller. For more information on these and other community language events please contact Patricia Northrup at 218-878-8186 or patricianorthrup@fdlrez.com.
9/9 Netting in Lake Superior: FDL Resource Management Division has been working with the State and the US Coast Guard to open up whitefish & herring netting in Lake Superior in the not-too-distant future. This planned activity will be for subsistence netting at this time. Given the added danger of setting nets on Lake Superior, the FDLRBC is requiring any interested netter to apprentice/orientation with a Grand Portage Bandmember netter. RMD has worked with Grand Portage to start this apprentice/orientation program as early as this fall (October and November). While the exact details and logistics are still being worked out, our plans are for our netters to join up with Grand Portage netters later this fall and participate and observe the fall herring/whitefish netting season. Call 878-7101 for questions. Details will be added online as they are available.
9/4 Stepping On Workshop: One in four people age 65 or over has a fall each year. you don't have to be one of them! The Stepping On workshop will be held Thursdays, from October 3 to November 14, 1 pm - 3 pm, at Midway Town Hall, Duluth. Click here for full details.
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.
7/15

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