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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.

Voices of the Grandmothers - MN American Indian Mental Health Conference at Fortune Bay August 4 & 5


The Minnesota American Indian Mental Health Advisory Council and the Minnesota Department of Human Services are sponsoring their annual conference, to be hosted by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa at Fortune Bay Resort Casino August 4 & 5. This conference is designed to strengthen services for American Indians by improving cultural competency, awareness, and skills from a culturally appropriate perspective. This two day event features keynote speaker Sharon Day and focuses on culture, traditional healing, and modern day healing practices. For a complete schedule of the events click here.


If you would like to register or would like more information regarding the conference, please visit or contact Jennifer Elmberg at or (218)753-2182.

2015 Per Capita Payments Will be Mailed on August 7


2015 Per Capita Payments will be mailed on August 7. The amount is $850.00. Contact Tribal Enrollment Coordinator, Angie Whiteman with questions at

Bois Forte Heritage Museum Craft Fair - August 8


The Bois Forte Heritage Museum will be hosting a craft fair on August 8 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tweleve tables are available for Bois Forte Band Members to sell their work. If you’re interested in selling your work, call now to sign up and reserve a vendor table!

Come visit Fortune Bay at the Nett Lake RTG Building: AUGUST 11 & 25 and SEPTEMBER 1, 15 & 29 from 1 - 3 p.m.


Learn about some of the reasons Fortune Bay Team Members love working at Fortune Bay Resort Casino such as:

  • Great benefits (Medical & Dental Insurance, 401K Retirement Plan,
    Life Insurance and Long Term Disability)
  • Paid Time Off
  • Discount on gas at the Y-Store
  • Eligibility for membership at Northern Eagle Federal Credit Union

On the spot interviewing will be available for many current job openings.  Click here to view some of the many opportunities that are available.

Healthy Cooking Classes - August 12 & 13


Come and learn to make a simple, delicious meal or treat to bring home for dinner. All food and cooking utensils will be supplied. Wednesday August 12th at the Nett Lake Community Center and Thursday  August 13th at the Vermilion Community Center.


Space is limited…Food is bought ahead of time so Please contact Rene at 218-757-3504 or 218-410-9016 by 2:30pm on August 11th, to reserve your spot.


Sponsored by Bois Forte Nutrition Education Program. The Bois Forte SNAP-Ed Program is funded by a grant from the USDA and designed to help people choose, prepare and maintain a healthy diet.

Business North features coverage of KBFT radio

Business North, a regional magazine covering business in the northland, published an interview with KBFT radio manager George Strong and Elder Mary Bell Isham. Click here to read the full article.

Great Northern hydro electric transmission line: draft Environmental Impact Statement, State Public Information Meetings and Federal Public Hearings - Public comments accepted until Aug 10.


The U.S. Department of Energy held a tribal consultation on July 20 with Bois Forte in regards to a proposed new electrical transmission line from Manitoba to near Grand Rapids, MN.  The project is being proposed by MN Power, and will bring hydro power generated electricity from Manitoba into Minnesota.  The proposed transmission line does not cross any Bois Forte Tribal lands, but does come near to the Deer Creek Reservation.  DOE has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project, and is accepting public comments until August 10.  The Draft EIS documents can be found by visiting the Great Northern website at


You can also use the links below to see a schedule of public hearings and print  a copy of the draft enviornmental impact statement.


Click here for the schedule of public hearings . Click here to read the Great Northern Transmission Line draft EIS.


Hard copies of the documents are also available for review at the Bois Forte Heritage Center, the Bois Forte DNR, and Bois Forte Planning office.

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


This new card is not as attractive as the previous card, but it still has all the security features that are needed for the identification card to be accepted by the State of Minnesota. The cost of creating the new ID card is 75% less than the previous one.


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.

AEOA Holding ABE/GED Classes at the North Woods School in Cook this Summer


AEOA is happy to announce they will be holding ABE/GED classes at the North Woods School in Cook this summer. For more information on these events click here or call Melissa at 218-750-2606.

Bois Forte Photo Contest Deadline Has Passed


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: 08.03.15

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