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Nagaajiwanaang, “Where the Water Stops,” is the name of the homelands of the Fond du Lac Band at the time of the 1854 Treaty. We retained this name in Ojibwemowin for the present-day Fond du lac Reservation that was established under the 1854 La Pointe Treaty. Nagaajiwanaang (Fond du Lac Band) is one of the six Bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. There are three districts that make up the Fond du Lac Reservation: Bapashkominitigong (Cloquet), Gwaaba’iganing (Sawyer), and Ashkibwaakaaning (Brookston). Today, our Band includes over 4,200 members. We have always been, and continue to be, a proud sovereign Ojibwe nation. We uphold all of our rights retained and agreed to within the 1825, 1826, 1837, 1842, 1847, and 1854 Treaties.


Recent Additions:
FDL Elders Picnic - July 8
RBC Open Meeting - July 21
Traditional Lacrosse - Jul. 14, Aug. 18, Sep. 30
FDL Veterans' Powwow - July 8-10

Community Notices Archive

Current Community Notices:

6/29 Swearing In Ceremony: The Swearing In Ceremony for the incoming Fond du Lac Secretary-Treasurer Robert Abramowski is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6th at 9:00 a.m. in the Tribal Chambers. This is open for the Fond du Lac community to attend. Click here for details. Please be advised, there has not been a swearing in for District II as of yet and will update the community when details are available.
6/29 Request for Proposals: You are invited to submit a proposal for Geotechnical Services in conjunction with two proposed projects on the Fond du Lac Reservation: Sawyer Ceremonial Building and the Fond du Lac Daycare Facility. The deadline for submitting a bid is July 6, 2022. Click here to see full documentation.
6/29 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6th, 9:00 am, and is open to FDL Band members via Zoom. Click the Zoom Link for access. The meeting ID is 847 689 6955 and the passcode is 38517. Alternatively, you can call into the meeting by calling (312) 626-6799. Either method will put you in a waiting area. Meeting access will be granted upon Band membership verification.
6/29 Economic Development Committee Meeting: The Economic Development Committee (EDC) meets every other Tuesday from 3:00pm – 4:30pm (currently on Zoom due to COVID).  EDC meetings are open to the interested public. The next meeting date is July 26th. Click here to register for upcoming meetings. Please reach out to Bruce Blacketter, EDC Chair, with any questions you may have (BruceBlacketter@fdlrez.com).  EDC by-laws can be accessed by clicking here.
6/28 13 Moons Golf Tournament: The 13 Moons Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, August 19th, at the Black Bear Golf Course. The tournament will be a scramble with a shot gun start, and feature a hole in one contest, 50/50 raffle, optional skins game, and more fun events! Click here for full details.
6/24 IMPORTANT NOTICE ON CLOQUET ENP SERVICES UPDATE: The Cloquet ENP will continue to provide ENP delivery services as scheduled. In collaboration between Public Works General Maintenance Crew and Human Services Division, Elders will continue to receive delivered meals as we find long term solutions for staffing. We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
6/23 Day Labor Program Notice: The Fond du Lac Day Labor Program is now accepting 1st and 2nd generation descendants. One parent and/or grandparent must be Fond du Lac enrolled to be eligible. Applicants must meet compliance eligibility and have their COVID-19 vaccine. Starting wage is $15.00/hour. This is a great way to come work for the Band and get trained in various positions. For further questions please contact Lynn Olson at 218-878-8025.
6/23 Positive Indian Parenting Classes: Join us far a virtual Positive Indian Parenting class focusing on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values. The classes will be held at the FDL Head Start Library on Thursdays in July and August. Click here for details.
6/21 COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID- 19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Click here for details on which expenses can be reimbursed, eligibility, and how to apply.
6/21 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The FDL Planning Division has launched a Housing & Community Needs Assessment household survey that is currently underway. The survey will have two components: a randomly selected group of households on-reservation will receive a door hanger with an online survey code in June; any other interested households can complete the General Survey.
Full Press Release
6/21 Youth Firearms Safety Classes Update: The July and August classes are full at this time. FDL Conservation is holding Youth Firearm Safety classes in July and August. Classes are held July 18-23, and August 8-13. Click here for details and contact information.
6/21 Request for Proposals: Notice is hereby given that bids will be received by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, until 1pm (CDT), Thursday, June 30th, 2022, via email, hand delivery and/or USPS for the furnishing of all labor and material for the Fond du Lac Waste Management Parking Lot Paving Project, located in Carlton County, Minnesota. Click here to see full documentation.
6/15 General Election Results: The General Election Results are available for the public, you may view the results by clicking here.
6/10 FDL Ojibwe Language & Culture Events: Join in at the FDL Language & Culture Building on Wednesdays for Ojibwe Language & Culture Events! Click here for full details!
6/10 Frontline Worker Payments: To thank those Minnesotans who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, Gov. Tim Walz signed Frontline Worker Payments into law April 29, 2022, enabling those workers to apply for Frontline Worker Pay. Eligibility is based on both work requirements and job sector. See frontlinepay.mn.gov for an explanation of the requirements, the most up-to-date information and helpful resources. Also, sign up to receive alerts about Frontline Worker Pay via email. Applications will be open June 8 through July 22, 2022. These dates are subject to change. See the following documents for more information:
General Information | Application Fact Sheet | Frequently Asked Questions
6/9 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Resource Management announces the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the Ropes Course involving the construction of a High Course, a Low Teams Course, and a Parking Lot on a Fond du Lac parcel at 8805 Kantonen Road on the Fond du Lac Reservation in St. Louis County, Minnesota. The FONSI is available for a 30-Day comment period as outlined in the Notice of Availability (NOA) along with contact information on where to send your comments. See associated documents below.
Ropes Course EA | FONSI | NOA
6/8 NOTICE: Fond du Lac Resource Management announces the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted for the proposed granting of a Right-of-Way and Temporary Easement to St. Louis County for the replacement of culverts (Bridge 69L10) on Pine Drive at an unnamed tributary to Stoney Brook east of Axtell Road. The FONSI is available for a 30-day comment period as outlined in the Notice of Availability (NOA) along with contact information on where to send your comments. See associated documents below.
Pine Drive Bridge EA | FONSI | NOA
6/8 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: High School Seniors from Fond du Lac Excel in Academics and Athletics. High school years can be tough on any student and the pandemic has further complicated every.thing in general. Despite it all, many Fond du Lac youth have demonstrated their ability to adapt to changing environments and remain resilient.
Full Press Release
Associated Photo - Justice Paro, Addison Thompson and Jezlyn Abramowski
Associated Photo - Conner Barney
6/7 Elders Picnic: The FDL Elders Picnic will be held on Friday, July 8, at the Ojibwe School Powwow Grounds. FDL enrolled Elders 52+ are their spouses are welcome to attend! Click here for full details.
6/6 Public Notice: Fond du Lac Resource Management announces the availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted for the proposed 1786 Big Lake Road Construction Project entailing the construction of a single-family home, garage, driveway, drinking water well and septic system on a 2-acre lease lot. The FONSI is available for a 30-day comment period as outlined in the Notice of Availability (NOA) along with contact information on where to send your comments. See the EA, FONSI and NOA below:
Associated EA | FONSI | NOA
6/6 RBC Open Meeting Notice: The next RBC Open meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 21st, 5:30 pm, and will be held at Mino Bimaadizi Waakaa’igan, Minneapolis, and via Zoom Conference. Click the Zoom Link for access. The meeting ID is 847 689 6955 and the passcode is 38517. The meeting is only open to Fond du Lac Band members. A password is required, but participants will be placed in the waiting room for identification before joining. Alternatively, you can call into the meeting by calling (312) 626-6799. Either method will put you in the waiting area. Meeting access will be granted upon Band membership verification. Click here for details.
6/2 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Water & Wastewater Department is issuing the 2021 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1st to December 31st, 2021, which is required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SOWA). Aside from the on-going Maximum Contaminant Level violations for Disinfection By-Products, all other water quality monitoring during 2021 met SOWA standards. See documents below:
2021 Danielson CCR
2021 Mahnomen CCR
2021 Ridge Road CCR
6/1 FDL Veterans' Powwow: The Fond du Lac Veterans' Powwow will be held on July 8 - 10, 2022. Click here for details. For information and interested vendors, contact Jarvis Paro at Jarvisparo@fdlpd.com
6/1 2022/23 FDL Royalty Contest: The contest will be held on Friday, July 8th during the Fond du Lac Veterans Memorial Powwow. Applications will be available at Tribal Center, or by contacting Valerie Whitebird at 218-590-7770, or by clicking below. Applications must be turned in by June 30th, 2022.
FDL Royalty Contest Flyer & Application
5/23 Recall Notice: The J. M. Smucker Co. is recalling select Jif® peanut butter products sold in the U.S. due to potential Salmonella contamination. For full details on this recall, please click here.
5/23 Traditional Lacrosse: Enjoy Traditional Lacrosse Games on July 14, August 18, and September 30, at the Historical Lacrosse Field on Reservation Road. Click here for full details.
5/17 COVID Testing: The State of Minnesota, as well as the federal government, are providing free in home COVID Test kits. For more information please refer to the links below.
Minnesota COVID Tests
Federal Government COVID Tests
5/12 Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative report: In June 2021, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, a comprehensive effort to recognize the troubled legacy of federal Indian boarding school policies with the goal of addressing their intergenerational impact and to shed light on the traumas of the past. Bryan Newland, U.S. Dept of Interior Indian Affairs, has written a letter addressing the Boarding School Initiative, and references a letter by Secretary Haaland. Please read both below.
Bryan Newland letter
Secretary Haaland letter
5/11 Woodlot Update: The 210 woodlot is open every week for the following times: Saturday/Sunday: 10am to 7pm, Monday/Tuesday: Noon to 7pm. There is still a 1 cord per permit limit on cedar. There is no limit on any of the other species. Permits can be obtained either by bringing one's tribal ID to the woodlot, or by contacting the Resource Management front desk at 218-878-7101. If you have any questions about the woodlot, contact Alex Mehne at 269-409-1760 or alexandermehne@fdlrez.com.
5/10 Firefighters/Emergency Responders Needed: The Cloquet Fire District is looking for paid on call Firefighters and Emergency Responders. No prior experience is necessary and all training will be provided. Click here for details and contact information.
5/4 Dietitian Corner: FDL Human Services presents episodes of Dietitian Corner! Watch to see healthy recipe demonstrations!
Squash & Bean Enchilada
Black Bean Tacos
Acorn Squash
Roasted Green Beans
Corn & Bean Salad
5/3 Fond du Lac Band’s Will Affect Determination: In August of 2021 the Fond du Lac Band submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers an analysis and determination under 401(a)(2) of the Clean Water Act that PolyMet’s discharges and mining operations “will affect” the Band’s downstream water quality impacts. Click here to view the Band’s “will affect” submittal.
4/22 Band Member Notice: Turn your dream home into a reality with a HUD 184 home mortgage from Woodlands National Bank! Click here for details and contact information.
4/22 NOTICE: The Operating Engineers Union Local 49 Joint Apprenticeship Committee will be accepting applications from qualified applicants for possible selection into its registered Apprenticeship program. For details and application information, please click here.
4/20 NOTICE: We are excited to announce that several FDL Human Services teams and individuals have been awarded the Bemidji Area Indian Health Services Director’s Awards. Click here to see the awards list. Congratulations to all!
4/5 Get Outdoors: FDL Human Services has some tips about avoiding bug bites as we get outdoors this spring! Click here to see the flyer.
3/25 Ojibwe Language Rosetta Stone: Boozhoo Niij-Anishinaabedog! To support our Fond du Lac Community, we will be purchasing 100 Rosetta Stone Ojibwe licenses for people to use. Please fill out the Google Form linked here. You will need an email to sign up. We will send out instructions on how to download the application onto your smart device. Fond du Lac Band Members will be prioritized then Fond du Lac descendants. This will be on a first come first serve basis. Miigwech!
FDL Gegaanzongejig ji-aabadak Ojibwemowin
FDL Language Team
3/24 NOTICE: FDL Human Services has helpful information for the Community, especially teens. Please see the flyers below.
Tips for Teens: Heroin
Fentanyl Facts
Opioid Emergency, be Prepared
Suicide Prevention: Text Hotline
3/23 EAP NOTICE: Today, Commerce EAP raised the maximum Crisis benefit from $1,200 to $3,000 to further assist EAP households struggling to pay increasing energy costs. The additional Crisis funds will help households fill their tanks and catch up on their past-due energy bills. To qualify you must have applied for and received a Minnesota Energy Assistance grant. To use the funds households must have less than 20% fuel in their tank or an overdue bill from a metered gas or electric service. No more money can be paid than the cost of the bill. If you need assistance please contact your Energy Assistance providers.
FDL E/A. Joan M @ 218-878-2658
Lakes&Pines @ 1-800-832-6082
AEOA @ 1-844-568-0149
3/18 WIC Notice: Minnesota Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) participants will receive more benefits to purchase fruits and vegetables now through September 2022. Click here for full details.
2/23 Notice: Please make sure to check your Propane tank levels regularly and call in when you are at 30% so we can schedule a delivery for you. Also please make sure that your driveways are plowed and a path shoveled out so our delivery drivers can get to your tank. Thank you! Click here for details.
1/12 Madaa'ookiing Grants: A grant opportunity will be offered three times per year, awarding up to $2,500 per grant for Tribal citizens, descendants, or those have kinship ties or affiliation to Indigenous communities within the foundation’s geographic service area. The final round of applications is due by September 15, 2022. Grant applications are accepted anytime on the online grant portal. Click here for details and grant submission instructions.
  Are Child Care Costs Too High? We may be able to help! FDL Child Care Assistance can help qualifying individuals with Child Care costs. See the flyer below for full details. If interested, fill out and return the Application as directed on the flyer.
Child Care Subsidy Flyer | Child Care Subsidy Application
  CARES Act Emergency Repair and Replacement Program: Fond du Lac Band members may be eligible for funding to help pay for emergency repair or replacement of stoves/ovens, heating systems, water heaters, water systems. For program details, eligibility, and an application, please click here.
  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, along with a fillable COVID-19 Leave Request form.
COVID-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy
COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy
Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy
COVID-19 Leave Request fillable form