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Missing Relative Update: April 12, 2024

Our missing relative, Peter Martin Michael, continues to remain a missing person.

If you have any tips or information related to the whereabouts of Peter Michael Martin please call 911, the Fond du Lac Police Department or the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Refer to case #24032470.

Fond du Lac Police Department | 218-878-8040
St. Louis County Sheriff's Office | 218-726-2340

Reminder that these are the official sources for all Missing Person leads for Peter Michael Martin.

To stay connected to all Missing Relative Updates please visit this website or our social media channels, including Facebook, search Fond du Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

For all Media Inquiries, please contact, Caleb Dunlap, Communication Director for the Fond du Lac Band at calebdunlap@fdlrez.com or 218-481-2814.

Click Here for the Press Release dated 3/13/24
Click Here for the Press Release dated 3/21/24
Click Here for the Press Release dated 3/28/24
See past Missing Relative updates here.

Nagaajiwanaang, “Where the Water Stops,” is the name of the homelands of the Fond du Lac Band at the time of the 1854 Treaty. We retained this name in Ojibwemowin for the present-day Fond du lac Reservation that was established under the 1854 La Pointe Treaty. Nagaajiwanaang (Fond du Lac Band) is one of the six Bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. There are three districts that make up the Fond du Lac Reservation: Bapashkominitigong (Cloquet), Gwaaba’iganing (Sawyer), and Ashkibwaakaaning (Brookston). Today, our Band includes over 4,000 members. We have always been, and continue to be, a proud sovereign Ojibwe nation. We uphold all of our rights retained and agreed to within the 1825, 1826, 1837, 1842, 1847, and 1854 Treaties.


Recent Additions:
RBC Open Meeting - April 18
Elders Spring Banquet - May 7
Police VS Students Basketball - April 16
Elder Concerns Cultural Trip - April 20
Elders Telling Stories - April 24, Brookston CC
Fond du Lac Health Fair - June 11

Community Notices Archive

Current Community Notices:

4/12 FDL Election Office Closure: The FDL election office will be closed until we receive the ballots from the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) office. The projected date for receiving these ballots is May 10. If you have any questions or concerns during this period, please contact General Election Chairperson Sue Connor at 218-590-0969. We truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
4/12 Letter of Apology to FDL Community: The FDL Human Services Division has issued a letter of apology to the Fond du Lac Community for premature release of information about the cancelation of the Prevention/Intervention Department's summer youth camp. Please click here to read the apology letter.
4/12 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fond du Lac Police Department Responds to Firearm-Related Incident in the Early Hours of April 11. Click here to read the full press release.
4/12 2024 Spring Spearing & Netting Update: Fond du Lac Resource Management will be opening Mille Lacs Lake Spearing and Netting on FRIDAY, April 12th. The landing will be determined FRIDAY morning based on weather conditions. The weather for the weekend looks great, and the Ogaa have started to spawn! Contact FDL Fisheries Biologist Eric Torvinen, 218-348-1691, erictorvinen@fdlrez.com, with any questions. Resource Management would like to announce that a boat ride program will be made available for 2024 spring harvest at Mille Lacs Lake. Fond du Lac Band Members, aged 65 or older, will be offered a boat ride to set their nets. See details below. Spring Spearing & Netting has started as of April 4th! Resource Management will be using the same online sign-up, and permit distribution system in 2024 as it has the last few years. During the morning hours, FDL Resource Management Staff will be sending out a mass email and text to Band members who have signed up (signup using the link listed below).
Spearing/Netting Elder Boat Ride Details
2024 Spearing/Netting Details | Spearing/Netting Sign-up
4/11 Sawyer Community Members: There will be a Private Well Owner Seminar held at the Sawyer Community Center on Tuesday, May 14, from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Information will be provided on well construction, maintenance, water quality and testing. Preregistration is encouraged. Click here for details.
4/11 Calling all Fond du Lac vendors! Our Fond du Lac Band will host a two-day Tribal-State Relations Training (TSRT) at the Black Bear Otter Creek Event Center Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11. Hundreds of state employees will be present to learn about the Fond du Lac Tribal community and other Tribal communities across the state. As part of this training, we wish to highlight as many of our Fond du Lac vendors as possible. Vendors will be able to present their goods on Wednesday, April 10 [9:30a - 7:30pm] and Thursday, April 11 [7:00am - 4:00pm]. All Fond du Lac community members can register for FREE. If you're interested, please contact Caleb Dunlap at calebdunlap@fdlrez.com or 218-481-2814 to register. Please keep in mind that due to the tight turnaround until the event begins tomorrow, registration will close once the available space is full.
4/11 Cultural Ceremonies Update: Come join the Cultural Ceremonies at the FDL Language and Cultural Center throughout the month of April. The remaining April dates are April 16, 21, 23, 24, 25, 30. Click here for details.
4/10 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Royalty Coordinator is soliciting proposals from individuals to make beaded crowns/hats/sashes for FDL Royalty. The deadline for submitting bids is April 30, 2024, 4:30 pm. Click here for details.
4/9 Tribal Court Clerk's Office Closure: The FDL Tribal Court Clerk's Office will be closed from Wednesday, April 10, through Monday, April 15. Click here for details.
4/9 Request for Proposals: Powwow regalia needed. The Fond du Lac Veterans Committee is soliciting proposals from qualified band members to make 40 outfits in various children’s sizes and styles. We are seeking band members with experience in art of regalia making and Fond du Lac culture The deadline for submitting bids is April 23, 2024, 4:30 pm. Click here for details.
4/9 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 9:00 am, and is open to FDL Band members via Zoom. Click the Zoom Link for access. The meeting ID is 847 689 6955 and the passcode is 38517. Alternatively, you can call into the meeting by calling (312) 626-6799. Either method will put you in a waiting area. Meeting access will be granted upon Band membership verification.
4/8 Fish Composting: This spearing and netting season, Fond du Lac’s Environmental Program is interested in collecting your fish waste and turning it into compost for our gardens! Click here for full details.
4/8 RBC Open Meeting Notice: The next RBC Open meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2024, 5:30 pm, at the Sawyer Community Center, and is also open to FDL Band members via Zoom. Click the Zoom Link for access. The meeting ID is 847 689 6955 and the passcode is 38517. Alternatively, you can call into the meeting by calling (312) 626-6799. Either method will put you in a waiting area. Meeting access will be granted upon Band membership verification. Click here to read this meeting's agenda.
4/5 Fire Danger Update: With sunnier and warmer days ahead, along with gusty winds, the Fire Danger level will be going from Low to Moderate until further notice. Burn permits are available for those interested in doing some spring cleaning. In addition to raking and cleaning up dead sticks and debris in the yard, please take the time to ensure that gutters and steps are clean of leaves and needles. If you have questions about improving your chance of being more protected against possible wildfire, please contact Amy Skrivanek at amyskrivanek@fdlrez.com  or 218-878-7118 for Burn Permits or to set up a firewise assessment of your home and yard.
4/5 Elder Activities:
Elders Spring Banquet - May 7
Elder Concerns Cultural Trip - April 20
Elder Chanhassen Dinner Theater Trip - May 15-16
Elder Defensive Driving Class
4/3 FDL Primary Election Official Results: The official results from the Fond du Lac Reservation's primary election on April 2 are now available. In each election race, the two candidates who receive the most votes progress to the Fond du Lac Reservation General Election on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Click here for the official results.
4/3 Notice of firewood availability: Firewood from a recent tree removal project is available for pickup. It is currently stacked here: Map Link Firewood is predominantly Aspen, but contains spruce and some other species. For questions about the firewood, contact Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 269-409-1760.
4/3 Amended Conservation Code: The Fond du Lac Band recently amended the Conservation Code for the Minnesota Portion of the 1837 Ceded Territory, reinstating a portion of the Code that was removed in 2003. The amendment reinstates Code Section 3.30 which provides Band members the opportunity to have family members assist them with certain aspects of their treaty harvesting activities. Click here for details on the Code Amendment. Permits can be obtained from the Conservation Clerk at the John A. Smith Memorial Building or from Fond du Lac Conservation Officers. Click here to read the full Conservation Code. Band members with questions are encouraged to contact the Resource Management Division at (218) 878-7101 for more information.
4/2 Economic Development Committee Meetings: The Economic Development Committee (EDC) meetings are open to the interested public. The next scheduled meeting will be held on May 7, 2024, 3 pm - 4:30 pm, In the Tribal Center Planning Conference Room. You may join us in person or virtually, whatever your schedule allows for. Click here to join the meeting via Zoom. EDC by-laws can be accessed by clicking here.
4/2 Child Abuse Prevention Walk/Brunch: The Child Abuse Prevention Walk/Brunch will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Meet at the Human Services lower level parking lot. Click here for full details.
4/2 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Development Corporation is seeking sealed bids to construct a post frame building at 964 Cary Road, Cloquet, MN. The deadline for submitting bids is April 16, 2024, 4:00 pm. Click here for details.
4/2 2024 Gitigaan Classes: Gitigaan classes will be held every Tuesday from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Click here for the full 2024 schedule of classes and click here for April class descriptions. The postponed class, Garden Tool Maintenance, has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 6th. Click here for details on this class. See the FDL Agriculture Gitigaan page here for full details on the FDL Gitigaan program. Classes are subject to change. For further details and updates follow @FDLGitigaan on Facebook or Instagram. Contact CamiFischer@fdlrez.com with any questions
3/27 Chi-aya’aag Dibaajimowaad: Elders Telling Stories. Monthly gatherings will rotate between the FDL Community Centers of each district, from 5 pm - 7 pm. The next scheduled date is Wednesday, April 24th, at the Brookston Community Center. Click here to see the 2024 schedule.
3/15 Summer Youth Employment: The FDL Summer Youth Employment program is now accepting applications. Youth ages 14 to 17 are eligible. Applications are due no later than April 30, 2024. Click here for full details.
3/15 Elder Lawn Mowing: Summer youth will begin mowing in early June. FDL Elders age 62 or older are eligible for this program. Click here for full details and contact information.
3/13 Waste Management Notice: Commencing May 1, 2024, the FDL Waste Management Transfer Station will be adjusting hours of operation for Holidays. The new hours of operation for ALL Holidays are: 8 am – 12 pm. Please note the Transfer Station will be CLOSED for Christmas Day. FDL Waste Management appreciates your understanding and patience as we adjust to slightly different hours during Holidays which will allow for staff to also enjoy these days with their families and friends.
3/12 2024 Election Board Update: The Reservation Business Committee has updated the 2024 election board appointees due to resignations. The Band’s letter to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe dated March 12, 2024 is available here. Please click here for all 2024 Election announcements and documents.
3/7 2024 FDL Health Fair: The 2024 FDL Health Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at the Black Bear Casino Resort Otter Creek Center. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 11:30 am, tables open to public from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Lunch will be served from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm or until gone. Click here for details.
3/7 FDL Police VS FDL Ojibwe School Students Basketball: The annual FDL Police VS FDL Ojibwe School Students Basketball game will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 1 pm - 3 pm at the Ojibwe School Gymnasium. The public is welcome to attend! Click here for details.
3/4 MNDot/Tribal Cement Masons Training: MNDot is hosting a free 10-week training for Cement Masons. The training will be held at the Cement Masons Local 633 JATC Training Center in New Brighton, MN, from May 28 - Aug 2, 2024. During the duration of the training you will learn both related and on-the-job technical training.
Training Details Flyer | Training Application
2/29 Band members: Due to increased costs associated with repairs and replacements, fees will now be charged for renting Fond du Lac tents, tables, and chairs as of February 28, 2024. Please keep in mind that if you booked before February 28th, you will not be charged for your rental needs, and no rental costs will be charged for funeral services. For any questions about pricing, or to reserve your rental, please call 218-878-8025 or 218-878-8028.
2/28 Fired Up About Welding Camp: Fired Up About Welding is a 2-day camp for High School students interested in learning the basics of welding. The camp will be held on April 18 and 19, at the Lake Superior College downtown campus. The camp is free to attend. Click here for details and registration information.
2/22 2024 Brookston State of the Band Presentation: The District III, Brookston Representative, Roger Smith, Sr., has provided a transcript of the Brookston Presentation at the State of the Band open meeting that took place on February 15, 2024. Click here to read the transcription.
2/5 FDL Forestry Survey: What types of Forests and Forest Management activities would you like to see more of at Fond du Lac Reservation? Please take Fond du Lac Forestry's new survey (even if you took the one in 2022) so that your input can guide Forest Management at Fond du Lac Reservation. Click here to take the survey.
1/23 Woodlot Update: Fond du Lac Forestry has opened a new woodlot located on Maki Road. Band members are required to obtain a permit prior to gathering firewood from this property. This woodlot is year-round accessible and painted trees are NOT to be harvested. Details are available on the permit. The Brevator Road woodlot will be re-opened on Tuesday, January 30th. This is later than usual due to the record-breaking warm temperatures in December which kept the access road thawed. To obtain a woodlot permit, contact Amy Skrivanek at amyskrivanek@fdlrez.com or (218-878-7118), or from the Resource Management front desk at 218-878-7101. Band members will need their tribal ID to pick up a permit. If you have any questions about the woodlot or how the trees are marked, contact Phillip Hass at philliphass@fdlrez.com (218)-600-7211, or Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 269-409-1760.
1/22 Breastfeeding support at Black Bear Casino Resort: Support for breastfeeding at Black Bear Casino Resort just got better! With the help of grant dollars and the Community Health Services Department, we’ve installed a new Mamava Lactation Pod located near the Otter Creek Event Center. Click here for details.
1/22 Air Program Project Stove Swap: Winter is here! Do you have an old, inefficient wood stove heating your home? Do you qualify for SNAP, WIC, Head Start, or other assistance programs? The Fond du Lac Air Program is continuing to partner with Environmental Initiative’s Project Stove Swap to assist with upgrading old wood stoves for free or at a deep discount. Please click here for more information, and reach out to the Fond du Lac Air Program, Paige Huhta (218-878-7108, paigehuhta@fdlrez.com) and Anthony Mazzini (218-878-7112, anthonymazzini@fdlrez.com), with any questions and to receive an application. Remaining project funding is limited, so please reach out as soon as you are able. Save money, keep warm, and protect the air and the health of our community through these improvements! Miigwech!
1/18 Five Skies Empowerment Training: Join the hundreds of individuals who have completed the Five Skies Empowerment Training Program and are now better prepared for success in their construction jobs. The training is a 4-week program from April 15 - May 10, 2024. The training will be held at the Legendary Waters Casino in Bayfield, WI. Click here for full details.
1/3 Teamsters Apprenticeship Program: No cost training to be a Construction Truck Driver will be available in the Spring of 2024. Applications are being accepted now and are due by February 4, 2024. Click here for full details.
12/21 GLIFWC Summer Internships: The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is pleased to announce available internships for its 2024 GLIFWC Internship Program. Through this internship program, college students will work one-on-one with a GLIFWC mentor in various divisions and learn about necessary coursework, college degrees, and trainings which result in gainful employment in a multitude of careers. Click here for full details.
12/15 Opening on Law Enforcement Review Board: There is an opening for a Brookston Representative on the Fond du Lac Law Enforcement Review Board. The committee meets every 3rd Friday of the month. Any Fond du Lac Band Members interested in serving on this committee should submit their name to Terri Redding at FDL Conservation Department, 28 University Road, Cloquet MN or by calling 218-878-7155.
  At-Home Rapid Covid-19 Tests: The state of Minnesota and the USPS has made at-home rapid Covid-19 test kits available for free. Residents are able to order 8 test kits per month, while supplies last. Click here to visit the Minnesota Dept. of Health site to place an order. Click here for further details. Click here for free test kits from the USPS.
  NOTICE: Nagaajiwanaang Genawendangig Anishinaabemowin (The Ones who Take Care of Anishinaabemowin at Fond du Lac) are seeking advisory board members. The purpose of the Nagaajiwanaang Genawendangig Anishinaabemowin is to acquaint themselves with all of the language activities and services available in the region and periodically review language plans. In addition, advisory board members will advise the Language Coordinator in matters related to management and development issues affecting Anishinaabemowin preservation and revitalization, and review grant opportunities for funding language programs and projects. Per Fond du Lac Ordinance #05/14, as amended. If you are interested, please email jeffsavage@fdlrez.com or call 218-878-758
  Homeowner Assistance Fund Program: The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has received funding from the United States Department of the Treasury to administer a Homeowner Assistance Fund program, designed to provide mortgage, utility, and internet payment assistance relief to Tribal homeowners. Click here for details and a program overview with application instructions.