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 "Nah gah chi wa nong", which means "where the water stops".

News & Events:

9/2 The September Cooking With Commodities Class will be held on September 8, at Food Distribution, and the Cooking Class will be held on September 22, at the Tribal Center ENP. Click below for details.
Cooking With Commodities - September 8
Cooking Class - September 22
9/1 The Diabetes Noon Groups will be held September 8 in Cloquet, and September 17 in Duluth. Please click below for full details.
Diabetes Noon Group - Healthy Choices- MNAW - September 8
Diabetes Noon Group - Talk & Do in Duluth - CAIR - September 17
9/1 The Fond du Lac Resource Management Division will be hosting the Fifth Annual Ganawenjigewin Maawanji’idiwin ~ Taking Care of Things Gathering on Thursday, September 10th, from 1-6pm at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School Powwow Arbor. Click here for full details.
9/1 The Fond du Lac Resource Management Division in cooperation with the DNR, 1854 Treaty Authority and the Superior National Forest conducted an aerial survey of rice stands across the FDL Reservation, Carlton, and southern St Louis, Cook and Lake Counties on August 17 and August 21. Photos of those stands are shown by clicking here.
8/31 On Reservation Rice Harvest: The FDL On Reservation Wild Rice Committee met on Monday, August 31, 2015, to discuss this season's wild rice harvest. The first day of harvest will be Wednesday, September 2nd. A ceremony to begin the On Reservation wild rice harvest will be held at Deadfish Lake Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., all are welcome. Please click below to read the committee's recommendations, and the Access to Band Owned Rice Landings Policy and Permit.
On Reservation Wild Rice Committee Recommendations
Access to Band Owned Rice Landings Policy/Permit
8/31 Manoominikedaa! (Let’s all go ricing!) Fond du Lac Resource Management staff will be purchasing wild rice seed at Sandy Flowage for use in a wild rice restoration project in the St. Louis River Estuary beginning Tuesday, 9/1/15. 6,000 pounds of wild rice seed will be purchased for this effort. Fond du Lac Resource Management staff will be onsite making purchases, they will issue a receipt to harvesters who will then bring the receipt to the Fond du Lac Resource Management Building (28 University Road, Cloquet) for payment. Two public access points off of Hwy 65 north of McGregor will be manned by FDL Resource Management staff. The first access point is 4.8 miles north of Hwy 210 on Hwy 65 (the access road is on the west side of the highway directly across the road from Willey’s Marine. The second access point is 8 miles north of Hwy 210 on Hwy 65 (the access road is on the east side of the highway, just across the bridge after you pass Zorbaz Resort). Again, only 6,000 pounds are needed for this effort, FDL Resource Management staff will only be onsite daily until the necessary poundage is purchased. Click here for access point map image.
8/28 The FDL Ojibwe School Princess/Brave Contest Powwow will be held on Friday, September 25th, in the Ojibwe School Gym. Grand Entry will be at 1:00 and 7:00 PM. Click here for full details.
8/24 The September Sobriety Feast will be held on Wednesday, September 30th, at the Sawyer Community Center, starting at 6 PM. Click here for details.
8/24 The 7th Annual Sobriety 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday, September 19th, at the FDL Head Start Gym. Click here for full details.
8/14 The 2015-16 hunting and trapping seasons and limits for the Fond du Lac Reservation and the 1854 and 1837 Ceded Territories of Minnesota are available online. Click here for details. Tags will be available at the Resource Management Division starting August 24th.
8/13 After review of the current data on the moose population the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee has decided that there will not be a Band moose hunt in 2015. This action arises from the continued downward trend of the moose population. Click here for the full announcement.
8/6 NOTICE: School clothes assistance checks have recently been issued by the Fond du Lac Band. The Reservation Business Committee encourages Band members to cash these checks at your own bank or financial institution. Cashing school clothes checks at the Black Bear Casino Resort and Fond du Luth Casino is prohibited.
8/5 NOTICE: On Wednesday, 5 August 2015, the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee voted to lower the daily bag limit for walleyes in Mille Lacs Lake down to a daily bag of six (6) walleyes. Further the RBC is asking that Band members not target walleyes or intentionally fish for them for the remainder of the 2015 Season.
8/5 The 13 Moons Program is holding a Wild Rice Camp on September 12 - 13. Attendees will learn harvesting and processing from long time ricers. Click here for details.
7/28 Parents/Coaches/Athletes: Get ready for the sports season. FDL Human Services has blocked out time in each providers schedule for your sports physical needs. Click here for full details.
7/28 The US District Court has ruled that the Fond du Lac Band does not owe the City of Duluth any past due money for “rent” on its own building. Click here to read the decision.
7/6 The Fond du Lac Tribal Historic Preservation Office is searching once again for applicants for the Fond du Lac Cultural Resources Advisory Review Board. Applicants would be willing to meet at least quarterly, and have a knowledge of the history and cultural resources relative to the Band. Please fill out and return applications to the Fond du Lac Tribal Historic Preservation Office by E-Mailing marcusammesmaki@fdlrez.com, or in person at the Fond du Lac Resource Management building.
Board Member Application
5/26 The Minnesota Indian Estate Planning Project (MIEPP) will be available to meet with Band members to prepare wills or other estate planning documents until September, 2015. Call today: 651-739-9615 for appointment or visit the MIEPP Facebook page. Also visit www.iltf.org for more information. See their flier below.
MN Indian Estate Planning Project flier
4/17 An updated memorandum about 2016 election dates and residency requirements for candidates is available here. The date of the general election has been corrected.