The Fond du Lac Band is one of six Chippewa Indian Bands in the state of Minnesota. 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".

News & Events:

5/23 Late May to early June is the peak of fawning season. Between birth and about 6 weeks of age, fawns don't travel much with the doe. If you see a fawn lying on the ground it's not necessarily in trouble. For more information click here.
5/23 The Fond du Lac Wisdom Steps Group meets monthly and has a schedule of upcoming meeting dates throughout 2016. The next meeting is on July 25. Click here to see the full schedule. Click here for local committee representatives' contact information.
5/23 The 2016 Gitigaan Program will be holding meetings every Tuesday from March 8 - May 24. Plant Packaging will be done on June 3rd, and the Plant Sale and Giveaway will be on June 4th. Seed Packets are now ready for pick-up at classes. Contact Cassie Diver 878-7502 to sign-up for tilling. Click here for details.
5/23 The FDL FACE Program and FDL Diabetes Prevention Program is holding their 4th Annual FACE 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, June 4th! The first 150 to register will receive a T-Shirt! Click here for details and registration sheet.
5/20 FDL Community Health is holding its June Health & Nutrition Class on Tuesday, June 21st, 12 PM, at the Cloquet Center ENP. Click here for full details.
5/18 There will be a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the FDL Elder Concerns Group on Friday, June 17th, from 7 AM to 10 AM. Click here for full details.
5/18 A Regular Election is scheduled for June 14, 2016 for the following RBC positions: Chairperson, District I (Cloquet) Committeeperson, District III (Brookston) Committeeperson. See the election notice below for complete details, calendar, and candidate guidelines.
2016 General Election Notice
April 5, 2016 Primary Election Results
2016 Regular Election Announcement, Election Calendar, Candidates Guidelines.
Notice of Candidate Certifications to TEC
5/18 NOTICE: A form to request an absentee ballot for the general election is available below. The form may be mailed to the following address: FDL Election Board, P.O. Box 430, Cloquet, MN 55720.
General Election Absentee Ballot Request
5/12 FDL Elder Activities: There are three upcoming FDL Elder Activties; FDL Elder Movie Morning, FDL Elder Brunch & Play, and the Midwest Country Music Theater. See the flyers and dates below.
FDL Elder Movie Morning - Sunday, May 29
FDL Elder Brunch & A Play - Sunday, June 5
Midwest Country Music Theater - Saturday, June 25
5/6 Save the Dates! The 2016 Kiwentz Ojibwe Language Camp will be held July 27 - 31, at the Kiwentz Camp Ground. There will be Language Activities, Talent Show, Canoe Races, and more! Click here for details!
5/2 FDL Head Start is hosting the Community Baby Shower on Thursday, June 23rd, 4 - 7 PM, at the Head Start Gym. Click here for full details.
4/29 Sign up for Spring Spearing/Netting! The FDL Resource Management Division (RMD) is preparing for Spring 2016 Spearing/Netting. There are many changes this year for Band members to be aware of. The RMD is trying out a new plan for 2016 permit distribution, and there are new rules concerning netting in lakes infested with zebra mussels or spiny waterfleas. See up to date information below, plus a link for interested Band members to sign up for nightly emails on lakes and permit availability. See below also for the 2016 Spearing/Netting Lake Declarations in 1854 treaty lakes.New information will be posted as it is made available.
2016 Spring Netting/Spearing Information Sheet
Sign up for Email Alerts for Lakes/Permit Availability
2016 Lake Declarations
4/28 Recent letter offering ACH payments. Fond du Lac recently sent a letter to all vendors who received a check during 2016 a letter offering an option to receive an ACH payment in place of a check. An ACH payment is the same thing as a direct deposit. ACH stands for Automated Clearing House (ACH) and is an electronic network for financial transactions. This payment method can be used for travel advances, reimbursement expense requests, and vendor payments. Any payment we make through accounts payable can now be received by direct deposit. If you are interested please complete the form in your letter, or contact Courtney Thompson at 218-878-2668. She can answer any questions you may have.
4/21 The decisions are in for the two contests to the April 5, 2016, Primary Election. The hearings were both held on April 18th. See the official decisions below.
Final Decision - District I - Danielle Martineau
Final Decision - District I - Debra Topping
4/13 The Fond du Lac Historical Society meets one Friday per month, and is a great resource for tracing your family history. The next meeting is on June 17. Work on your family tree, help identify people in old photos, and more! Click here for a schedule of meetings for the first half of 2016.
4/1 Announcing our involvement in the Cobell Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Our outreach staff is currently assisting landowners who own fractionated interests at Fond du Lac in learning more about the Land Buy-Back Program. If you are unsure about your land or would like to learn more about how you and your family may be impacted by land fractionation - please contact our outreach staff: Patti DuFault (218) 878-7361 and/or Amanda Linden (612) 871-1574 or you may contact our Land Manager, Tim Krohn, at (218) 878-7128 for more detailed information. We recommend that ALL Band Members who have IIM accounts call the Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836 to update your information. See the Cobell Land Buy-Back website here!
Letter from Chairman Dupuis to Fond du Lac Landowners