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:

10/20 The Fond du Lac Human Services Division is hosting a (Q)uestion, (P)ersuade, and (R)efer course at the Cloquet Community Center on Tuesday, November 1st. Save a life, Click here for full details!
10/20 The Fond du Lac Human Services Division is hosting a Positive Family Forum! If you have any parenting tips or topics you'd like to discuss or learn more about for the Positive Indian Parenting group held November 1st you can attend the forum at the Cloquet Community Center at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 25th! Click here for full details.
10/20 The FDL Ojibwe School is holding its Dagwaagin Powwow on Friday, October 21st. Grand Entry will be at 1:00 and 5:00 PM, with a meal at 5:00 PM. Click here for full details.
10/19 There will be a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the FDL Human Services Expansion at the Min No Aya Win Human Services Center on Friday, October 21st, beginning at 9:00 AM. Click here for full details.
10/19 The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe's Business Development Specialist, Judi Helmin, will be at the Tribal Center Classroom on Tuesday, November 22, to aid FDL community members with any business needs. She will be taking appointments between 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. Click here for full details, and contact information.
10/18 The November Health & Nutrition Class will be held on Tuesday, November 15, at the Tribal Center ENP. Click here for full details.
10/17 FDL Community Flu Shots will be available at several locations and dates from November 7 - December 2. Click here for full details and schedule.
10/17 The Great Native American Smokeout will be on November 17th this year. Leading up to the event, Human Services is holding several meetings for information and support. Meetings will be held at several locations and dates from November 3 - 16. Click here for full details and meeting schedules.
10/14 Moose Hunting Update: As of October 14, FDL moose hunters have registered 25 bull moose, and the moose hunting season for FDL Band Members is now closed.
10/14 The FDL Comprehensive Cancer Program presents the 14th Annual Women's Health Brunch, on Saturday, October 22, at the Cloquet Community Center. Registration is from 9:30 - 10:00 AM, and the event is from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Click here for full details.
10/14 Elder Activites: See below for various FDL Elder Activities.
Old Log Theatre/Mystic Lake Trip - October 23
Brunch and a Play - October 30
Elder Movie Morning - November 13, 27
10/14 The Fond du Lac Wisdom Steps Group meets monthly and has a schedule of upcoming meeting dates throughout 2016. The next meeting is on October 24. Click here to see the full schedule.
10/13 The FDL Language Program invites everyone to join us for the End of Year Language Table Awards Event at the Cloquet Community Center, on Wednesday, November 16. Click here for full details.
10/12 The Human Services Division is excited to announce that the CAIR construction project is very close to being complete. Staff will be moving into the new space in early November, therefore, we will need to close CAIR services to the public on the following dates: Thursday, November 3, 2016, Friday, November 4, 2016 and Monday, November 7, 2016. Services will be re-opened to the public on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Staff will also be planning a Grand Opening for the community in early December. Check back often for updates!
10/12 The FDL Historical Society meets monthly at the FDL Resource Management building. Everyone is welcome to bring old photos and documents to scan, and work on your family tree. The next meeting is on November 18, 2016. Click here for details.
10/10 Attention balsam bough harvesters: Balsam bough buyers will soon be purchasing balsam boughs. FDL Band members may obtain a free harvesting permit from the FDL Resource Management office during normal business hours. Many bough buyers require that you have a valid permit before they will buy your boughs. Many buyers also have special requirements for how they’d like the boughs cut, bundled, or delivered. Click here to see a few local bough buyers and their contact information.
10/6 The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received a request for a Wetland Activity Permit under the provisions of the FDL Wetlands Protection and Management Ordinance. The applicant proposes to construct a driveway access along a Cartway granted by Stoney Brook Township. The purpose is to gain access through private property for access to land adjacent to Lost Lake in St. Louis County. A 30-day Public Notice has been issued for this project. Click here to read the notice.
9/26 The FDL Elder Concerns Group will be holding a Bake Sale on Friday, November 18, at the Cloquet Community Center from 10 AM to 1 PM. Click here for details.
9/13 NOTICE: The Reservation Business Committee is seeking an individual from the Brookston District to serve on the Land Use Committee. The purpose of this committee is to advise, assist and oversee the use, protection and development of land within the boundaries of the reservation. Interested individuals should contact Jack Bassett at 879-8043 or by email
8/19 Attention Band Members: Our involvement in the Cobell Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is still in effect. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY: Offers for Interests held at Fond du Lac Reservation may still be submitted. Land Buy-Back Final Round Informational Flyer Our outreach staff is here to assist landowners who own fractionated interests at Fond du Lac in learn 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 at (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!
8/17 1854 Ceded Territory 2016 Tullibee Netting: FDL Band members will be able to set nets for inland cisco (tullibee) again in 2016. Netting will begin on October 1st, in the 1854 Ceded Territory on lakes with cisco, except on Lake Vermilion. Lake Vermilion will open on October 22nd. Netting on all lakes will continue until ice-up conditions. Nets will be required to conform to provisions spelled out in the 1854 Conservation Code. Band members will be limited to five (5) nets each. There will be no netting allowed in Bois Forte’s portion of Lake Vermilion (maps available at Resource Management (RMD)). A list of available lakes is at the RMD Office. Additional lakes will be considered on a case-by-case basis by RMD staff. Fall netting permits are available at RMD, during normal work hours (M – F, 8:00 – 4:30). Band members are required to keep a record of fishing activities and return the completed logbook to the Resource Management Division. Please call 878-7101 with questions.