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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 4,200 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:
FDL Health Fair - Tuesday, June 13
Gitigaan Seed Giveaway - June 3
Youth Sobriety Feast: April Feast - April 12, May Feast - May 10

Community Notices Archive

Current Community Notices:

3/29 CPR Training: Learn how to perform hands-only CPR! CPR training will be held at the Brook Creek Room at Black Bear Casino Resort on Friday, April 7th from 3 pm – 6 pm. Sessions will be taught by trained Red Cross volunteers who are also nursing students at the College of St. Scholastica. This training is not for certification - just a refresher on what you can do as a bystander of a cardiac arrest event. Click here for details.
3/29 Cultural Management Training: This two day training's purpose is to develop the knowledge of FDL Tribal Cultural Monitors, in addition to providing learning/observation opportunities for any interested elders and community members. The Training will take place at the John A. Smith Memorial Building (Resource Management) on April 18-19, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, with an excursion to the Superior National Forest Headquarters. Click here for details.
3/29 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29th, 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. Click here to read this meeting's agenda.
3/28 HSAB Brookston Representative: The Human Services Advisory Board is seeking to fill (1) Brookston Representative seat. Must be enrolled with Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, reside within the Fond du Lac Brookston District and receive services through the Center for American Indian Resources (CAIR) or Min No Aya Win Clinic. If interested, click here for full details.
3/28 3-Point Shootout: FDL Head Start is hosting a Basketball 3-Point Shootout on Friday, March 31st, at 6:00 pm. There will be several divisions with prizes for 1st - 3rd place in each! Food will be provided and everyone is welcome! Click here for full details.
3/28 2023 Spring Spearing/Netting: Resource Management will be using the same online sign-up, and permit distribution system in 2023 as it has the last few years. In the mornings, FDL Resource Management Staff will be sending out a mass email and/or text to all registered Band members. This daily notification will identify the lakes and number of permits available for that night. Click here for details and registration link.
3/28 Economic Development Committee Meeting: The Economic Development Committee (EDC) meets every other Tuesday from 3:00pm – 4:30pm (currently on Zoom).  EDC meetings are open to the interested public. The next meeting date is March 28th. Please remember to register for each meeting, we need to add this layer of security because these meetings are open to the public. You may join us in person in the Planning Division Conference Room or virtually, whatever your schedule allows for. Click here to register for the meeting. EDC by-laws can be accessed by clicking here.
3/24 RBC Weekly Recap: The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee is committed to increasing transparency for the citizens of the Band. Administration provides a weekly recap RBC Member activities. Click here to read the weekly recap for the week of March 20th - 24th, 2023.
3/24 SAVE THE DATE: 'The St. Louis River Area of Concern From a Fond du Lac Viewpoint', Tuesday, April 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free and open to all, light refreshments will be provided. Around the Earth drum group will open with song and Naawakwe will share Ojibwe place names in the estuary. St. Louis River Area of Concern Coordinators will share plans for their work in 2023. Click here for details.
3/24 Request for Proposals: FDL Housing is seeking sealed bids for a Residential Renovation project located at 317 Ridge Rd., Cloquet, Mn. 55720. The project will include exterior and interior remodel work. The deadline for submitting a bid is April 6, 2023, at 3:00 pm. Click here for details.
3/24 Request for Proposals: FDL Housing is seeking sealed bids for a Residential Renovation project located at 317 Ridge Rd., Cloquet, Mn. 55720. The project will include exterior and interior remodel work. The deadline for submitting a bid is April 6, 2023, at 3:00 pm. Click here for details.
3/22 2023 SCRUBS Camp: Indigenous Healthcare Career Exploration, June 21 - 23, 2023, hosted by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Stay in the college dorms for two nights. Participate in traditional ceremony at beginning and end of camp. Explore careers in a variety of healthcare fields, and more! Click here for details.
3/21 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 218-878-7582.
3/20 FDL Elder Activities:
Elder Movie Mornings - April 2, 16
Elder Spring Banquet - April 11
3/16 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Band is seeking bid proposals for Black Bear Hotel Renovation Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment. The deadline for submitting a bid is April 20, 2023, at 2:00 pm. Click here for details.
3/16 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Band is seeking bid proposals for Black Bear Hotel Renovation General Contractor. The deadline for submitting a bid is April 20, 2023, at 2:00 pm. Click here for details.
3/16 Win an iPad from The Well: Sign into The Well and complete at least 1 (one) suggested course to earn 1 (one) entry to win a new iPad! Incentive runs from March 1 – March 31, 2023. You must complete your course during this time! Please see User’s Guide and Brochure below to get started! The Well is a financial aide that is available to all Fond du Lac employees, Band members and their families.
The Well User Guide
The Well iPad Incentive
3/13 Request for Proposals: The Fond du Lac Development Corporation is seeking bid proposals to demolish various residential homes and a barn with restoration of sites. All sites are within the boundaries of the Fond du Lac Reservation. The deadline for submitting a bid is April 13, 2023, at 2:00 pm. Click here for details.
3/13 2023 Gitigaan Classes: Fond du Lac Gitigaan Classes are here! Tuesdays, March through May from 5:30-6:30 p.m. We have a great season ahead! Come learn about tribal food sovereignty through educational classes on Indigenous growing methods, soil health, seed starting and more. Classes are free, open to everyone, and will have a mix of in-person and virtual options. For updates, follow us on social media @fdlgitigaan. Click here for details.
3/13 COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Lifted: In January, after much consideration, the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee decided to lift the COVID-19 vaccination mandate. This excludes the Human Services Division (all locations) and Head Start/Early Head Start. Effective immediately, the requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations for employment is no longer in effect except as noted above. To view open employments opportunities please click here! The Fond du Lac Emergency Operations Center remains open to answer community questions and concerns. They may be reached at 218-878-7175. All other questions regarding employment may be directed to the Fond du Lac Human Resources Office.
3/9 Whereabouts Unknown List: The Bureau of Trust Funds Administration may be looking for you. If your name or someone you know is on this Whereabouts Unknown List you may have money, land or both on deposit in an Individual Indian Monies (IIM) account at the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration. Please call the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration’s Trust Beneficiary Call Center at 1-888-678-6836 in order to verify and update your IIM account. Click the following link to see the list for Fond du Lac. Search Unclaimed Accounts | U.S. Department of the Interior
3/9 Land Owner Workshops: The workshops are designed for owners of Indian trust land. Learn how individuals acquired fractionated land interests, options available to land owners, Real Estate transactions to include Leasing, Rights of Way, Acquisition & Disposal, Family Land Consolidation Plans, Sources of Revenue, Estate Planning, and the Federal Probate Process. Sessions are April 17-18, Ashland, WI. April 19-20, Bemidji, MN, and April 22, Minneapolis, MN. Seats are limited so sign up today! Click here for full details.
3/8 Youth Sobriety Feast: The feast is for youth celebrating their sobriety and their families. The feast will be held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at the Cloquet Community Center, from 5 pm - 6:30 pm each date. See details below.
Youth Sobriety Feast - April 12
Youth Sobriety Feast - May 10
3/7 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is deeply saddened by the news of Judge Tarnowski's unexpected passing. Her contributions to establishing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Courtroom in St. Louis County, which was emulated in courtrooms across the area, will always be a tremendous accomplishment. Her continued support for the equality of Native American families was unheralded and a massive loss for the 6th Judicial District.
3/6 SAVE THE DATE: The Annual FDL Health Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 13th, at the Black Bear Otter Creek Center. Watch for updated information coming soon! Click here for details.
3/3 Maple Sap/Sugaring Supplies: The 13 Moons program will be giving away Maple Sap/Sugaring supplies to community members who are interested. Quantities are limited to the first 25 interested parties. Click here for details.
3/3 ITBC Summer Youth Opportunities: The Intertribal Buffalo Council has several opportunities for Native youth for the summer of 2023! ITBC is looking for Yellowstone Nat'l Park Buffalo Summer Interns, Summer Buffalo Seedkeepers Crew members, ITBC Office Summer Interns, and High School Summer Program participants. Also, ITBC is looking for a full time temporary Seedkeepers Crew Leader. Interested youth must submit their resume and interest letter in March, 2023. Click here for full details and submission dates for each program.
3/2 Cement Masons Training Opportunity: The Cement Masons, Plasterers & Shophands Local 633 Journeyman & Apprentice Training Trust Fund is offering a 10 Week Cement Masons Trade Orientation Training. The goal of this program is to train Native Americans from several tribal nations in the cement mason trade enabling them to qualify for apprenticeship with the Union and work on Mn DOT projects. Call the FDL TERO Office for an application at 218-878-7527 or 218-878-7522. Click here for details on the training.
2/15 Save the Date: Annual Gitigaan Plant & Seed Giveaway will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the Natural Resource Garage starting at 8:00 AM until gone. This is FREE for Fond du Lac community members and Gitigaan participants. One set per household. Garden tilling is available prior to the Giveaway for Band Members; if interested in having your home garden tilled, please contact Jeanne by May 12th at 218-878-2642, or JeanneSmith@fdlrez.com. For details, please click here.
2/7 Union Apprenticeships: The Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 is accepting Apprenticeship applications. Once an application is received, the applicant will receive an email inviting them to one of the testing sessions. Testing occurs the first Tuesday of every month through October. Click here for details and application directions.
2/7 Positive Indian Parenting Classes: Positive Indian Parenting Classes are held via Zoom on Wednesdays in February and March of 2023. Classes focus on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values. Click here for details and class dates/times.
2/3 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fond du Lac Hosts Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Earlier this week, FDL welcomed Governor Tim Walz to the Reservation. During the visit, the Governor met with the Band’s Tribal Leaders and staff. See full press release and associated images below.
Full Press Release
Image #1: left to right: District III Representative Roger Smith Sr., Governor Tim Walz, Secretary-Treasurer Robert Abramowski.
2/3 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.
1/6 Indigenous Conservation Corps Crew: FDL Resource Management is hosting the Maajii akii Gikenjigewin (Starting out in Earth Conservation), Indigenous Conservation Corps Crew, to help interested individuals gain experience and prepare for future careers in Resource Management. The crew will be comprised of 1 crew leader and 3 crew members, and will work with FDL Resource Management staff on conservation projects such as Invasive Species Management, Wild Land Fire Suppression, Treaty Fishing, Wolf Population Monitoring and more! More information is available on the flyer here. If you are interested, apply using the following link: Join – Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa. If you have questions or concerns please contact Anthony Mazzini anthonymazzini@fdlrez.com or Kelsey Taylor kelseytaylor@fdlrez.com
1/6 USDA Livestock Disaster Assistance Program: If you have recently experienced the impacts of adverse winter weather, or would like to learn more about the USDA Livestock Disaster Assistance Program,see the links below for two informational posters.
Livestock Feed/Loss Documentation Poster
Farmers.gov Getting Started Factsheet
1/5 Adult Separation/Loss Group: The group is open to all adults who are seeking support for grief due to separation or loss of a loved one. The group will meet for 12 weeks on Tuesdays starting January 10th. Click here for full details.
1/4 Weight Management Package: Want to lose weight in the new year and need some assistance in reaching your goal? This packaged program will provide you with the knowledge and support. Don't wait. Registration is limited. Click here for details.
12/19 Forestry Survey: What do you want Fond du Lac Forests to look like for the next 100 years? Please fill out the survey below. The purpose of this survey by the Fond du Lac Forestry Program is to gather community input to guide forest management on the Fond du Lac Reservation. These guidelines will be used in the next update to the Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP). Survey Link
12/12 Propane Reminder: With the winter weather, there may be delays in deliveries. Please do NOT let your tank get too low and risk running out of propane. It is the customers responsibility to call in and request a fill at or around 30%. Please have driveways cleared and a path to your tank shoveled when ordering a fill. Drivers can and will refuse to deliver if your tank is not accessible. Any delivery requests that are made after 4:00 p.m. are subject to additional fees. After hours ($250.00) and same day ($50.00) fees will apply. Any interruption in service will require a leak check. This includes any report of 0% ($30.00) Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. 218-879-4869. Thank you.
12/6 Community Survey about Street Names: The purpose of this survey is to rename several streets in the community commonly referred to as, "The Compound". The Fond du Lac Language Program is asking for suggestions that are common words used and that is easier to say. Click here to take the survey!
11/18 Healthy Cooking: The FDL Dietician has posted another healthy cooking segment! See below for the video link and two recipe cards.
Cooking Segment Video
Recipe Card: Cauliflower Rice
Recipe Card: Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
11/15 Manage your Finances at The Well: The Well is a suite of services for FDL Band Members and Employees, built to help you improve your overall Financial Wellness and achieve your goals no matter your stage in life, all at no cost to you. Begin by visiting The Well and completing a short Financial Wellness Checkup. Click the “Online Learning Modules” link to register and complete your Checkup. This Checkup will personalize your experience. Answer a few quick questions and we’ll start recommending articles, videos, short online activities, and tools to help you achieve your goals. Click here for full details.
10/14 Woodlot Update: The 210 woodlot's open hours will now be from 1pm to 4pm, every Monday that is not a holiday. If this time does not work for you, appointments can be made by contacting Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 269 409 1760. As of 10/5/2022 there was approximately 30 cords of wood available.
10/14 ARPA Round 2 Notice: Get help with your power and fuel bills with COVID-19 Assistance/ARPA - Round 2. For FDL households who qualify - you can receive $900 toward your heating bill and $900 toward your electric bill. Click here for full details.
10/11 Waterway Benefits Survey: As part of a doctoral research project that will help environmental managers understand how the community benefits from local lakes, rivers, and streams, you can receive a $10 debit cash card for participating in a 20-minute survey about your experiences with local lakes, rivers, and streams. Click here for details and survey access.
9/27 Ke go naa! Language Sessions: Come join us Tuesdays at the Anishinaabewigamig Language & Culture Center. Giwiizhaamigoo! Click here for details.
  Fond du Lac Band’s Will Affect Determination: In August of 2021 the Fond du Lac Band submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers an analysis and determination under 401(a)(2) of the Clean Water Act that PolyMet’s discharges and mining operations “will affect” the Band’s downstream water quality impacts. Click here to view the Band’s “will affect” submittal.
  EAP NOTICE: Today, Commerce EAP raised the maximum Crisis benefit from $1,200 to $3,000 to further assist EAP households struggling to pay increasing energy costs. The additional Crisis funds will help households fill their tanks and catch up on their past-due energy bills. To qualify you must have applied for and received a Minnesota Energy Assistance grant. To use the funds households must have less than 20% fuel in their tank or an overdue bill from a metered gas or electric service. No more money can be paid than the cost of the bill. If you need assistance please contact your Energy Assistance providers.
FDL E/A. Joan M @ 218-878-2658
Lakes&Pines @ 1-800-832-6082
AEOA @ 1-844-568-0149
  Are Child Care Costs Too High? We may be able to help! FDL Child Care Assistance can help qualifying individuals with Child Care costs. See the flyer below for full details. If interested, fill out and return the Application as directed on the flyer.
Child Care Subsidy Flyer | Child Care Subsidy Application