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".


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News & Events:

6/27 NOTICE: Please join us Tuesday, June 27, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m., for an Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Replacement/Expansion Project meeting at the Cloquet Community Center ENP. The Minnesota Department of Commerce will be present to answer any questions related to the Enbridge Line 3 Project. A court reporter will be available to take verbal comments from Fond du Lac Band Members for the public record.
6/27 FDL Head Start/Early Head Start Application Day will held on Wednesday, June 28th, from 10 AM - 1 PM, at the Sawyer Community Center, and Friday, June 30th, from 11 AM - 2 PM at the Brookston Community Center. Click here for full details.
6/26 The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received an application to impact 17,118 square feet of wetlands on the Reservation under the provisions of the FDL Wetlands Protection and Management Ordinance. Country Club Townhomes, LLC is proposing to construct 12 “patio” homes on Reservation Road adjacent to the Cloquet Country Club golf course. A 30-Day Public Notice has been issued to solicit comments from the public regarding this wetland permit proposal. Click here to read the public notice.
6/23 Fond du Lac Human Services Division has issued an important message to Fond du Lac Community Members. Click here to read the message.
6/21 An FDL Vehicle Silent Auction will be held until July 7, 2017. Items can be inspected at the FDL Public Works Yard beginning June 24th. Click here for details and bidding information.
6/19 The 13 Moons program is holding a Beginner Fishing Workshop on Monday, June 26, and Wednesday, June 28. Participants must commit to attending both day's sessions. Click here for full details.
6/19 There will be community meetings with the RBC Chairman, Kevin DuPuis, on Mondays at the Cloquet Community Center ENP, from 5 - 7 PM. These meetings will be for Community members to bring up any issues of interest with the Chairman. The next meeting will be on Monday, July 3rd.
6/15 The FDL Planning Division will have an information table set up at various locations/events to provide FDL Community members with information about the Fond du Lac Communications Fiber to the Home project. They will be at the following:
  • Sawyer Center, Thursday, June 29th from 4:00 – 6:00

They will be available to answer questions and there will be light refreshments. Also, click the banner above for further details and information as they are added.

6/14 The Highway 23 project, in the Fond du Lac neighborhood in Duluth, has been stopped after human remains were discovered. The Band’s press release about the situation is available here.
6/13 The USDA has put out a new resource guide for American Indians & Alaska Natives. This guide is a tool to learn about USDA programs. Click here to view the guide.
6/8 The USDA State Farm Service Agency puts out a newsletter each month of interest to Minnesota farmers, large and small. Click here to read the June, 2017 FSA Newsletter.
6/8 The FDL Community Health Program holds Health & Nutrition Classes each month at the Tribal Center ENP. The next class will be held on Tuesday, July 11th. Click here for the current schedule of classes.
5/19 The Annual Fond du Lac Veterans' Powwow will be held on July 7 - 9, 2017, at the Mash Ka Wisen Powwow Grounds in Sawyer, MN. Host Drums will be Midnite Express and Cedar Creek. Click here for full details, schedule, and specials information.
5/19 During the Fond du Lac Veterans Powwow this July, the 2017-2018 Fond du Lac Reservation Royalty will be crowned. There will be the following categories:
Miss Fond du Lac Reservation (age 13-18)
Jr Miss Fond du Lac Reservation (age 7-12)
Fond du Lac Reservation Ogichidaa (age 13-18)
Fond du Lac Reservation Oshki-Ogichidaa (age 7-12)
If interested, fill out and return the application below.
2017-2018 Fond du Lac Reservation Royalty Application
5/17 The Ojibwe Immersion Language Table has added special summer sessions. The special sessions will be held at the Cloquet Community Center on Thursdays, from 6:30 - 7:45 PM, May 11 - August 24. Click here for details and the full schedule.
4/25 NOTICE: The FDL Water/Wastewater Department is providing drinking water, available to Mahnomen Community Water System users in three (3) 1-gallon jugs at the Brookston Community Center. We are attempting to limit water to three (3) 1-gallon jugs per day per household. We are limiting water pick-up to Brookston Community Center Hours:
M-F 8am-8pm, Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 11am to 7pm.
The department is requesting the Head of Household to be present to sign and register for all water being picked-up. If there are issues with the Head of Household being available for pick-up please arrange and coordinate further with Brookston Community Center Maintenance staff.
Information Letter from Dr. Kendall. MD
Mahnomen Communtiy Water System Disinfection By-products Presentation
For more information, contact:
Brookston Community Center Lobby Phone (218) 878-8097
Center Manager (218) 878-8048
Lead Maintenance Person (218) 878-8074
Jordan Vandal, FDL Water & Wastwater Manager, Phone (218) 878-7595
4/18 The Fond du Lac Ojibwe School is seeking one School Board Representative from each FDL District. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit a letter in interest. Click here for full details and contact information.