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The Bois Forte Urban Office is located at 1308 East Franklin Ave. Suite 112, in Minneapolis. Jacque Wilson is the Urban Office Coordinator. You can reach the office at 612-871-6618 or or click here to be connected to the urban office web page.

POSTPONED - Traditional Trimmings Elder Feast - November 24 - POSTPONED


Due to a death in the Community, tonight's Elder Feast with Sioux Chef Sean Sherman has been postponed.

Tribal Government Upcoming Office Closures


Thanksgiving/Native American Day

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – Offices Closed at Noon

Thursday, November 26, 2015 – Offices Closed All Day

Friday, November 27, 2015 – Offices Closed All Day



Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – Offices Closed at Noon

Thursday, December 24, 2015 – Offices Closed All Day

Friday, December 25, 2015 – Offices Closed All Day


New Years

Thursday, Decembe 31, 2015 – Offices Closed at Noon

Friday, January 1, 2016 – Offices Closed All Day


Nett Lake and Vermilion Fitness Center will be closed on the same schedule as the Tribal Government Office for the holidays.

Neverland Kids Christmas - December 5


All ages are welcome to attend the Neverland Kids Christmas on December 5 at the Vermilion Wellness Center.  The event will run from noon - 3 p.m. and will include games, prizes, food and beverages, along with a visit from Santa himself!


The event is free to the public, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Click here for more information.

Fortune Bay Interviews in Nett Lake - December 8


Come and visit Fortune Bay interviewers on December 8th at the Nett Lake RTG Building from 1 - 3 p.m. Click here for more information. Transportation is available.


Click here for a list of current job openings.

NEW Nett lake C-Store Hours


Effective November 9th, the new Nett Lake C-Store hours are:

Mon- Thurs - 7am - 8pm
Fri- 7am - 10pm
Sat. 8am - 10pm
Sun. - 9am - 5pm.

These hours are a reflective of the season, and will change back to summer hours in May of next year.

MN Capitol Pathways Internships for Students of Color


Any student in good academic standing at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education who identifies as a person of color may apply to participate.


Interns will be placed for 10 hours weekly for 12 weeks with a host site working at or around the 2016 MN Legislative Session and have the opportunity to build relationships with established capitol leaders, gain exposure to various kinds of careers in policy, and get real-world experience in career fields they would like to learn more about - and build a strong professional resume in the process.


Applcations are due on November 17. For more information or to apply click here.

Burial Fund Application Updated


The Bois Forte Burial Fund helps pay funeral expenses for Band members and provides assistance to families after the death of a loved one. The maximum amount available for funeral expenses is $6,000. Click here to download the revised application.

Minnesota American Indian Transition & Resource Directory


Click here to view this helpful resource.

AEOA Adult Education Classes Offered in Nett Lake


I'MPower is offering Adult Education classes on Tuesdays which began on Sept. 15th and will run through Dec. 29th. The classes run from 10 am—12 pm & 1 pm - 3 pm are are held at the Bois Forte RTC– Wolf Room.

  • The purpose of the classes are to help adults to open doors to better paying jobs, new careers, college classrooms, and brighter futures.Topics covered are
  • GED preparation
  • College prep
  • Basic skills brush-up
  • Career assessment
  • Basic computer skills
    All classes are offered at no cost to students. For more information call Melissa at 218-750-2606.

Bois Forte has begun issuing a new Tribal Enrollment Identification Card!


In order to get a new Identification Card, Band Members will still need to present documentation that establishes their identity. This is a requirement by the State of Minnesota and a card will not be issued without the required documents.


The cards that some Band Members may have are still valid and a re-issue fee of $12 will be charged if the Band Member would like a new card prior to their current cards expiration date.


One of the benefits of the new Identification Card is that the card program runs off of the same database that Enrollment staff use to keep Band Member information current. So if a Band Member has already presented an Original Certified Birth Certificate it should be in the database. Band Members will still need to present a secondary form of identification.


Click here to see the Policy & Guidelines for Issuance of Tribal Enrollment Picture Identification Cards and the forms of identification that are needed to get a Tribal Identification Card.


If you have questions, call the enrollment office at 218-757-3261 ext. 162 or email the Enrollment Coordinator at

A phone call or email before coming to get an identification card is appreciated. This will prevent Band Members from traveling to Nett Lake only to find out that they need a secondary form of identification or are required to pay a fee.

Bois Forte Photo Contest Update


Continue to check the Bois Forte Photo Contest website for entries and winners


AmeriCorps Promise Fellow – Educational Programs & Volunteer and Community Service Needed


Minnesota Alliance with Youth enlists and supports AmeriCorps Promise Fellows at host schools and organizations to promote positive youth outcomes, including graduation for all.  Promise Fellows serve at their host sites, while working with Alliance Trainers and staff for support and guidance in order to fulfill their service through AmeriCorps.


As a full-time AmeriCorps member, Promise Fellows serve 1720 hours (minimum) from September 1st to July 31st 2016 and receive: Modest Living Allowance (approximately $550 twice per month pre-tax); Health Insurance; Qualified Student Loan Deferment; $5,645 Education Award upon successful completion of service; Ongoing, extensive support and training.

TO APPLY: Please visit to start the application process. Complete the AmeriCorps Promise Fellow online Application available on the Alliance’s website.  Please contact Julie Green,,  at the Minneapolis American Indian Center with questions.   For a complete description on the Promise Fellow position, click here.


The Enrollment Office Needs Your Help to Locate Band Members


If you know any of the individuals on this list, please have them call the Enrollment office at 218-757-3261 EXT. 162. If you know that someone on the list is deceased, please send documentation of death (Memorial card, Obituary, Death Certificate, etc) to Bois Forte Enrollment Office 5344 Lakeshore Drive, Nett Lake, MN 55772.

Need a Notary Public?


Bois Forte offers several options for notary public services:


In Nett Lake, visit or call the Government and Community Services Building, 218-757-3261 and ask for Davelle Jones, Dawn Benner, Frances “Nikki” Irving, Kathleen “Patsy” Adams, Sidra Starkovich, Victoria “Wick-o” Villebrun, or Janell Smith.


The Health Office (757-3295)staff who are notaries include:
Amanda Goggleye, Kathie Holman, Ericka Cote, and Jill Schuchard.


Family Services Building (757-3295) staff who are notaries:
Panda Whiteman and Pam Hughes.

DNR/Environmental Services ( 757-3261) notaries:
Thomas Burr and Tara Geshick.


In Vermilion:

Vermilion Center: Geraldine Hanks 753-4542


Vermilion Clinic: Cheryl Debelak 753-2182


New Moon: Muriel Deegan 753-3131


At Fortune Bay, 800-992-7529, notaries are:
Tara Wagner, Rochelle Bristol and Nicole Ayres .

New Moon is Accepting Applications


New Moon Housing is accepting applications for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units. 

Call 218-753-3131 or 218-326-5314 to request an application.

Bois Forte Emergency Fund


The Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) was established by the Bois Forte Tribal Council to help Band members deal with emergencies. The 2014 EAF has money available for qualified applicants. To learn more about the EAF or to download the Guidelines & Application, visit the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) page by clicking on this link.

Please note, applicants need to provide all three of the following: a signed application, proof of denial from another funding source, a quote or bill for the item you are requesting assistance with. Applications that do not include all three of the above items are considered incomplete.

Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Vermilion and on the grounds of Fortune Bay Resort, Casino & Golf Course. We are dedicated to telling the Bois Forte Ojibwe story-as our name-Atisokanigamig or LEGEND HOUSE tells.




Last update: 11.24.15

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