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FDL Release 6/17/2024 - The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa proudly declares the outcome of its highly anticipated 2024 General Election, during which candidates contended for three of the Band's elected offices. Through the active involvement of our tribal community, this election marked a significant moment in our Band's decision-making process.
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FDL Release 5/20/2024 - The Fond du Lac Resource Management Department has confirmed the presence of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) within the Fond du Lac Reservation boundaries. EAB is an invasive forest pest known for its devastating impact on ash trees.
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FDL Release 5/16/2024 - Indigenous Voices Echo Through the Halls of the Minnesota State Capitol: American Indian Day on the Hill Celebrates Native Leadership and Advocacy on May 6, 2024.
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FDL Release 5/14/2024 - Last week, Chairman Kevin Dupuis Sr. and a delegation of Fond du Lac Band staff demonstrated exceptional dedication and effectiveness during their recent visit to Washington, D.C.
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FDL Release 5/14/2024 - The Minneapolis American Indian Center has had its grand re-opening on Wednesday, April 1.
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FDL Release 5/3/2024 - FABICash, a leading provider of cash access solutions in the gaming industry, proudly announces its $15,000 donation to the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, presented at a special event on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.
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FDL Release 4/29/2024 - In a proactive effort to modernize its online presence and elevate user experience, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa proudly unveils its new website, FDLBAND.org, on Monday, April 29, 2024.
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FDL Release 4/25/2024 - Update on the Ongoing Search for Peter Michael Martin. The Fond du Lac Band is continuing its determined search for Peter Michael Martin, who was last seen on Friday, March 8, 2024.
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FDL Release 4/22/2024 - The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve have received nearly $350,000 to create a plan for the restoration and future stewardship of 10.9 acres of land regained by the Band at the western end of Lake Superior’s Gibiskising Minis (land bridge, Wisconsin Point).
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FDL Release 4/11/2024 - Fond du Lac Police Department Responds to Firearm-Related Incident in the Early Hours of April 11.
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FDL Release 3/28/2024 - The Fond du Lac Band strengthens efforts to locate missing relative, Peter Michael Martin.
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FDL Release 3/21/2024 - Search continues for Missing Fond du Lac Relative, Peter Michael Martin.
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FDL Release 3/12/2024 - Yesterday, on March 11, 2024, Fond du Lac police officers responded to a missing person report for PETER MICHAEL MARTIN. Peter, a 31-year-old Native American male, stands approximately 5'10" tall, weighs 185 pounds and has dark brown eyes. He also has a small scar on his forehead and a number of tattoos across his left and right arms, shoulders and chest.
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FDL Release 6/7/2023 - Yesterday, the Army Corps revoked PolyMet Mining’s permit for the NorthMet mine based on the Band’s water quality standards for its downstream waters.
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FDL Release 2/3/2023 - 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.
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Image #1: left to right: District III Representative Roger Smith Sr., Governor Tim Walz, Secretary-Treasurer Robert Abramowski.
FDL Release 11/16/2022 - Indian Health Director Roselyn Tso Visits Fond du Lac. Earlier this week, Fond du Lac welcomed Indian Health Services (IHS) Director Roselyn Tso for a tour- marking the first time that an lHS director has selected a tribal facility in the Bemidji Area for a site visit.
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Image #1: IHS Director Roselyn Tso and staff met with the FDL RBC
Image #2: FDL Public Works Manager Jordan Vandal describes the Regional Water Project to IHS Director Roselyn Tso
FDL Release 10/17/2022 - Fond du Lac Exercises Sovereignty through Enforcement Action: Enbridge Energy to Pay $1.45 Million for Violations of the Band's Environmental Ordinances and Permits.
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FDL Release 9/21/2022 - 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.
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FDL Release 7/14/2022 - The Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa filed a landmark Clean Water Act lawsuit against the EPA in federal court. At issue in the case is EPA Region 5’s approval of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s overhaul of Class 3 (Industrial Use) and 4 (Agricultural Use) Water Quality Standards.
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FDL Release 6/15/2022 - The FDL Planning Division has launched a Housing & Community Needs Assessment household survey that is currently underway. The survey will have two components: a randomly selected group of households on-reservation will receive a door hanger with an online survey code in June; any other interested households can complete the General Survey.
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FDL Release 6/8/2022 - High School Seniors from Fond du Lac Excel in Academics and Athletics. High school years can be tough on any student and the pandemic has further complicated everything in general. Despite it all, many Fond du Lac youth have demonstrated their ability to adapt to changing environments and remain resilient.
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FDL Release 5/3/2022 - Today, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Band) will finally be heard on its objection to a 404 permit for PolyMet's NorthMet Project. The Army Corps suspended the 404 permit in March 2021 in order to have the EPA comply with the law and evaluate the effects of PolyMet's Project on the Band's downstream waters.
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FDL Release 3/21/2022 - The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (FDL) was notified by Enbridge on September 10th, 2021 of an aquifer breach that occurred earlier that month, located off the FDL Reservation. Due to the breach, the aquifer is discharging its water content within the boundaries of the Reservation upstream of Deadfish Lake. As of March 21st, 2022, the volume of water discharged was approximately 219,600,000 gallons. The flow could potentially violate the Band's water quality standards and impact the Band's natural resources, including one of the wild rice waters of the Reservation.
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FDL Release 1/24/2022 - Fond du Lac Honors Late Chief Conservation Officer. January 12, 2022, the FDL RBC executed two actions to celebrate John Smith's life and memorialize his passing. One resolution retired Smith's badge designation of K810 and the other renamed the Fond du Lac Resource Management & Tribal Court building to the John A. Smith Memorial Building.
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FDL Release 11/1/2021 - Do you have thoughts about roads and trails in the Fond du Lac Reservation? We want to hear them! Share your thoughts by taking our “roads and trails” survey today: Survey Link
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FDL Release 10/6/2021 - Local Healthcare Nurse Manager Honored with National Indian Health Board's Outstanding Service Award.
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FDL Release 8/31/2021 - FDL Commissions First-Ever Tesla Supercharger at a Tribal Casino.
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FDL Release 7/6/2021 - Fond du Lac Band Proposes Returning EIk to Northeast Minnesota.
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FDL Release 6/16/2021 - FDL Builds Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Upgrades to Cleaner Technologies Through Volkswagen Settlement.
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FDL Release 6/4/2021 - Fond du Lac Doula Tammy Dixon Set to Receive National Award.
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FDL Release 5/20/2021 - Fond du Lac Awarded for Caring for Caregivers During the Pandemic.
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FDL Release 4/29/2021 - FDL Band and Carlton County Collaborate to Protect Community.
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FDL Release 4/1/2021 - Success found in Fond du Lac Band and Carlton County Vaccination Event.
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FDL Release 2/23/2021 - Fond du Lac Band Exercises its Sovereignty in Protecting its Band Members and Resources.
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FDL Release 2/10/2021 - MN Supreme Court sides with FDL in Minntac Appeal.
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FDL Release 12/22/2020 - FDL receives COVID-19 Vaccine.
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FDL Release 11/13/2020 - FDL Provides Community Wide COVID-19 Testing.
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FDL Release 10/30/2020 - FDL hosts Governer Walz.
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FDL Release 10/9/2020 - FDL Leaders partner to address food security.
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FDL Release 8/28/2020 - Dr. Birx visits Fond du Lac.
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FDL Release 8/5/2020 - Three positive COVID-19 Cases.
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FDL Release 6/9/2020 - First Fond du Lac Band Member tests positive for COVID-19.
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FDL Release 3/17/2020 - In response to Coronavirus Pandemic, Black Bear Casino Resort and Fond-du-Luth Casino will be closed, effective March 18, 5 pm, until further notice.
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FDL Release 1/24/2020 - Fond du Lac Issues Policy on Access to Band-Owned Lands
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Joint Release 1/13/2020 - PolyMet Permit to Mine Struck Down
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FDL Release 1/6/2020 - Fond du Lac Receives Energy Reward
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Joint Release 10/25/2019 - Duluth Invites Community to Tribal Flag Ceremony
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FDL Release 10/18/2019 - Securing Community After Area Shooting
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FDL Release 9/12/2019 - Federal Compliant Over PolyMet Mining
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