American Indian Communities in Minnesota - Bois Forte (Nett Lake) Band

American Indian Communities in Minnesota
Fond du Lac Band

Reservation Area: 100,000 acres

Tribal Land: 4,213 acres

Allotted: 17,154 acres

Tribal Enrollment: 3,572 (1995)

Communities: Cloquet (tribal headquarters), Sawyer and Brookston.

Number of Residents: 6,676 (1995)


The treaty establishing the Fond du Lac Reservation was signed in 1854. The Band is part of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.


Type of Government: Representative government through a five-member elected committee. Three of the five officials represent the three reservation districts and the other two are at-large positions.

Election Process: The Business Committee is elected by enrolled tribal members. Those not living on the reservation may vote by absentee ballot.

Employment (1995)

Labor Force: 3,733

Unemployment: 63%

Economic Development

Tribal Businesses: Fond du Lac Heavy Equipment and Construction Company, Casinos, Fond du Lac Print Shop

School Attendance

BIA - Fond du Lac Ojibwe School Enrollment total (1997-1998): 124

Elementary (K-6): 66

Junior High (7-8): 27

High School (9-12): 31

Other children attend school in Cloquet.

Enrollment (1997-1998): 361

Health Care (1994)

Number of Clinics: 1

Number of Doctors: 2.6 (FTE)


Number: 2 - Black Bear

Casino, Cloquet and Fond-du-

Luth Casino, Duluth

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