Human Services Division History
The Human Services
Division was established in 1974 when the Fond du Lac Reservation
first contracted with the Indian Health Services for the Community
Health Representatives program. In 1978, the State of Minnesota
contracted with the Reservation Business Committee (RBC) for Chemical
Dependency education and prevention. By 1978, the RBC had established
the Division of Health, which became the Health and Social Services
Division in 1980. The division grew to nearly forty employees until it
was divided into the Health Division and the Social Services Division
in 1985. Both divisions grew until 1988 when an administrative
re-organization blended them into the Human Services Division and
placed several of their programs into other divisions. Since then, the
Human Services Division has grown from fifty to over one hundred sixty
employees who provide a wide variety of health and social services.
In 1988 the Center for American Indian Resources (CAIR) opened in Duluth.
The field offices of Public Health Nursing, Social Services and
Chemical Dependency are located at this site. In 1992 an outpatient
medical clinic was established at the CAIR office.
The mission of the Fond du Lac Human Services Division is to elevate the
health and social well-being of Indian people living in the service area through the provision of
services, research, education and employment opportunities.