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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.

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Current Community Notices:

10/4 Forestry Center 5K Run/Walk: The U of MN Cloquet Forestry Center is hosting a free 5k run/walk on the evening of Tuesday, October 4th. Registration will open at 5:00 pm at the log pavilion west of the main parking lot at 175 University Rd. Run/walk start time is at 5:30 pm. The route is a gentle forested loop on the west side of University Rd, primarily on natural surface roads/trails. There will likely be a fire going, maybe a food truck, and/or hot drinks. All are welcome!
10/4 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 October 4th. Click here to access the Zoom meeting. The meeting ID is 959 4151 2781, and the passcode is 168310. Please reach out to Bruce Blacketter, EDC Chair, with any questions you may have (BruceBlacketter@fdlrez.com).  EDC by-laws can be accessed by clicking here.
10/4 RBC Meeting Notice: The next RBC Program/Development meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5th, 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 the agenda for this meeting.
10/3 MNAW Pharmacy Hours Change: As of Monday, October 3, due to short staffing, Min No Aya Win Pharmacy hours will change to 9 am to 4 pm. CAIR and Mashkiki Pharmacy hours will not be changing.
9/30 FDL Economic Development Committee Opening: The Fond du Lac Planning Division is looking for applications for one open position on the Economic Development Committee. The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee recognizes the importance of economic development activities by the Fond du Lac Band as a way to provide business and job opportunities to the community. If interested please submit a letter of interest and a resume. All applications must be turned in by Friday, October 28, 2022. Click here for full details.
9/30 Gitigaaning Garlic Planting Demonstration: The Bimaaji’idiwin Producer Training Program will be doing a Garlic Planting Demonstration at the Gitigaaning Farm on October 6th, from 5:00 pm - 6:00 p.m. All are welcome! Click here for details.
9/30 Mille Lacs Gill Netting: The Fond du Lac Resource Management Division has decided that there is sufficient quota remaining to warrant a 2022 Fall gill net effort on Mille Lacs. This effort will consist of one night, the night of Friday, October 14, 2022. To participate, register using the link found below, or call the RMD office at 218-878-7155. The morning of 10/14/2022, RMD staff will send out a mass email/text to all registered individuals. This notification will identify the landing where permits can be picked up and where harvested fish can be creeled. For any questions regarding Fall fishing or sign-up call the RMD office, 218-878-7155, or Fisheries Biologist Eric Torvinen, 218-878-7147, email: erictorvinen@fdlrez.com.
Mille Lacs Gill Netting Registration Link
9/28 Ojibwe School Powwow: The FDLOS Pokey Paro Powwow & Royalty Contest will be held Friday, October 7, 2022, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The Royalty Contest begins at 1:00 pm. Applications must be in by Tuesday, October 4th. See Powwow and Contest details below.
2022 FDLOS Pokey Paro Powwow
2022 FDLOS Royalty Contest
9/27 Domestic Violence Vigil: FDL Social Services is hosting an event on October 17, from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at the Cloquet Community Center, to honor victims and survivors of Domestic Violence. October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We have snacks! Click here for details.
9/27 Public Notice: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received a request for a Clean Water Act Section 401 Tribal Water Quality Certification from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - St. Paul District for their proposed Regional General Permits (RGPs). All federal permits and licenses must have this certification before they can be issued on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The USACE - St. Paul District proposes to renew the seven existing RGPs of Minor Discharges; Beach Creation and Nourishment; Transportation; Piers and Docks; Wildlife Ponds; Beach Raking; and Utility. They also propose to issue a new RGP of Bank Stabilization and Habitat Improvement. All of the RGPs propose include General Conditions and limits to the amount of wetland impacts allowed and impacts allowed to waters of the United States. The 30-Day Public Notice lists each Regional General Permit, the activities it allows, limits of water resource impacts allowed, and the type of certification the Office of Water Protection proposes to issue. It also lists the contact information on how to comment on the issuance of the 401 Tribal Water Quality Certification for these permits. Click here to read the public notice.
9/27 Ke go naa! Language Sessions: Starting Tuesday, September 27th at the Anishinaabewigamig Language & Culture Center. Giwiizhaamigoo! Click here for details.
9/27 Ojibwe Immersion Academy Winter Weekend Cohort: The twelfth annual Ojibwe Immersion Academy Winter Weekend Cohort will be held November 2022 - April 2023 at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN. The Ojibwe Immersion Academy is a rare opportunity for language-learners who are interested in a complete immersion experience to study one-on-one and in small groups with Ojibwe elder first speakers and faculty speakers. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on September 30th, 2022.
Informational Flyer: Ojibwe | English
Application Form
9/26 Elder Activities:
Elder Fall Banquet: October 18, Black Bear Otter Creek Center
9/23 Request for Proposals: Fond du Lac Band is seeking competitive quotations from qualified vendors for the removal of VMware NSX 6.4 from the VMware VSAN Cluster at our Black Bear Casino and Resort located at 1785 Hwy 210, Carlton, MN, 55718 and our Fond du Luth Casino located at 129 East Superior Street, Duluth MN 55802. The deadline for submitting a bid is October 14, 2022, at 4:30 pm. Click here for full details.
9/23 Woodlot Update: Wood at the 210 woodlot is now available to the public with no cord limit. Currently there is still more than 100 cords of wood, most of which is spruce or aspen. The woodlot's open hours are 10 am to 7 pm Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm Sunday, noon to 7 pm Monday & Tuesday.  If you have any questions, please contact Alex Mehne at alexandermehne@fdlrez.com or 269-409-1760.
9/23 Wild Rice Purchasing Update: FDL Resource Management has ended manoomin purchasing as of Thursday, September 22nd.
9/21 Public Notice: Fond du Lac Resource Management announces the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), based on the Environmental Assessment completed for the FDL Child Care Building. This building is proposed to be constructed adjacent (to the west of) the FDL Head Start Building at 33 University Road in Cloquet. Construction would include the building, parking lot, driveway access, play yard, and storm water basin. The FONSI is available for a 30 day comment period. The Notice of Availability (NOA) contains the contact information on where to send your comments.
Child Care Building EA | FONSI | NOA
9/21 For Immediate Release: Fond du Lac Band highlights initiatives to address climate change on tour with State of Minnesota leaders. Tour emphasized opportunities for collaboration between Fond du Lac Band and state agencies during Climate Week 2022.
Full Press Release | Associated Image 1 | Associated Image 2
9/20 COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Shots Available: Bivalent vaccines are updated booster vaccines that protect against the original strain of COVID-19 and the Omicron variants currently circulating. FDL Human services now has Pfizer Bivalent COVID-19 Booster doses. People age 12 and up are recommended to receive a bivalent booster dose at least 2 months after their final primary series dose or last booster shot. Click here for full details.
9/20 Community Notice: Please keep your address current in order to receive important information on Reservation topics and elections. Click here for details.
9/20 Elder Exercise Classes: Elder Exercise Classes are back at the Cloquet Community Center! Wednesdays, from 9 am - 10 am. Click here for details.
9/19 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. For a program overview and application instructions, click here.
9/19 Request for Proposals: FDL Housing is seeking sealed bids for a Residential Renovation project located at 1282 Mission Road, Cloquet, MN 55720. The project will include removal of some existing sidewalks and installing new sidewalks. The deadline for submitting a bid is October 13, 2022, at 2:30 pm. Click here for full details.
9/14 NOTICE: Starting on Monday, October 3rd, the Dental Department hours for clinical services will be 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday, with limited triage and teledentistry on Fridays from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. We hope this will be a temporary change. Click here for details.
9/12 FDL Housing Area Infrastructure Residents: Please be aware as more residents are reconnected to the new Water main with a new water service line, air might be trapped in the service line as you open the tap for water. Please flush the line until the air is out, and the water is clear. The department has tested the water prior to serving residents, and it is free from total coliform and e. Coli; meaning it is safe to consume. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
9/6 NOTICE: The Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection has received an application for a Wetland Activity Permit under the provisions of the FDL Wetlands Protection and Management Ordinance (WPMO) from Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership for the Line 3 Deactivation Program in wetlands on the Fond du Lac Reservation. This project consists of 13 miles of Line 3 pipeline removal, 11 miles of Line 4 pipeline removal, removal of two Line 3 mainline valves and removal of cathodic protection system all on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Click here to read the full public notice.
9/2 Positive Indian Parenting Classes: Join us far a virtual Positive Indian Parenting class focusing on traditional and culturally specific parenting practices and values. The classes will be held at the FDL Head Start Library on Wednesdays September 14 - November 2.
Sep 14 - Nov 2 Wednesday Classes
8/26 Wild Rice Notice: The harvest of wild rice on Fond du Lac Reservation Lakes will unfortunately be prohibited for 2022. Growing conditions were highly unfavorable this year and the decision was made to rest the On-Reservation wild rice lakes for the season. Click here for full details.
8/16 Cloquet Area Transportation Plan & Hwy 33 Design: The project will work to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety along the Hwy 33 Corridor and hopes to improve connections to Big Lake Road, Pinehurst Park across the river and beyond. Community engagement is very important for this project and MnDot and ARDC are hosting a virtual feedback opportunity for community input. Click here for details and instructions to access the online survey. The survey will be available through September 30th.
8/15 SAIL Classes: Staying Active & Independent for Life (SAIL) is a strength, balance and fitness program designed for people age 65 and over, to help reduce the risk of falls, and improve quality of life. Classes are held Tuesdays and Fridays at the MNAW Social Services Room. Click here for full details.
8/9 Notice: Please remember to check your propane tanks now and make sure you have propane for the upcoming winter. Click here for more details.
8/3 For Immediate Release: A press release regarding the incident on July 31st, 2022 in Brookston is now available. Click here to view the statement. You may find information regarding the Minnesota Statute on Law Enforcement Data here.
7/29 Due to the overwhelming pain that our community is experiencing at this time, if you or someone you know are in need please reach out. Crises don’t happen between business hours, you can use any of the following resources:
  • 988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
    • Thoughts of suicide
    • Mental health or substance use crisis, or
    • Any other kind of emotion distress People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. 988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
  • Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
  • FDL Human Services Behavioral Health/SUD Resource Guide
7/25 COVID Vaccines available for Kids age 6 mo. - 17 yrs: The COVID-19 Moderna vaccine is now available for children age 6 months to 17 years at MNAW and CAIR. Click here for full details.
7/18 COVID Testing: The State of Minnesota, as well as the federal government, are providing free in home COVID Test kits. For more information please refer to the links below.
Minnesota COVID Tests
Federal Government COVID Tests
6/30 NOTICE: Pursuant to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations, below is the link to the Transparency In Coverage website with Preferred One. This webpage will provide the machine-readable files for in-network provider rates and out-of-network allowed amounts and billed charges for covered services.
Transparency in Coverage - Machine Readable Files
6/23 Day Labor Program Notice: The Fond du Lac Day Labor Program is now accepting 1st and 2nd generation descendants. One parent and/or grandparent must be Fond du Lac enrolled to be eligible. Applicants must meet compliance eligibility and have their COVID-19 vaccine. Starting wage is $15.00/hour. This is a great way to come work for the Band and get trained in various positions. For further questions please contact Lynn Olson at 218-878-8025.
6/21 COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID- 19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Click here for details on which expenses can be reimbursed, eligibility, and how to apply.
5/12 Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative report: In June 2021, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, a comprehensive effort to recognize the troubled legacy of federal Indian boarding school policies with the goal of addressing their intergenerational impact and to shed light on the traumas of the past. Bryan Newland, U.S. Dept of Interior Indian Affairs, has written a letter addressing the Boarding School Initiative, and references a letter by Secretary Haaland. Please read both below.
Bryan Newland letter
Secretary Haaland letter
5/3 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.
3/25 Ojibwe Language Rosetta Stone: Boozhoo Niij-Anishinaabedog! To support our Fond du Lac Community, we will be purchasing 100 Rosetta Stone Ojibwe licenses for people to use. Please fill out the Google Form linked here. You will need an email to sign up. We will send out instructions on how to download the application onto your smart device. Fond du Lac Band Members will be prioritized then Fond du Lac descendants. This will be on a first come first serve basis. Miigwech!
FDL Gegaanzongejig ji-aabadak Ojibwemowin
FDL Language Team
3/23 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
3/18 WIC Notice: Minnesota Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) participants will receive more benefits to purchase fruits and vegetables now through September 2022. Click here for full details.
  Dietitian Corner: FDL Human Services presents episodes of Dietitian Corner! Watch to see healthy recipe demonstrations!
Squash & Bean Enchilada
Black Bean Tacos
Acorn Squash
Roasted Green Beans
Corn & Bean Salad
  NOTICE: FDL Human Services has helpful information for the Community, especially teens. Please see the flyers below.
Tips for Teens: Heroin
Fentanyl Facts
Opioid Emergency, be Prepared
Suicide Prevention: Text Hotline
  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
  CARES Act Emergency Repair and Replacement Program: Fond du Lac Band members may be eligible for funding to help pay for emergency repair or replacement of stoves/ovens, heating systems, water heaters, water systems. For program details, eligibility, and an application, please click here.
  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reservation Business Committee approved the following three employment policies: the Covid-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy, the COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy, and the Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy. See the policies below, along with a fillable COVID-19 Leave Request form.
COVID-19 Emergency Telework and Workplace Safety Policy
COVID-19 Emergency Leave Policy
Temporary Public Health Emergency Leave Policy
COVID-19 Leave Request fillable form