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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.

Regular Meeting of the RTC - Wednesday, October 7


A regular meeting of the RTC will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at 9:00 a.m. at the Government and Community Services Building in the Migizi Room.


Agenda item deadline is close of business, Friday, October 2, 2015.

First-Time Homebuyer Education Class - Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Finance Corporation

October 17 *DATE CHANGE*


On October 17 from 8:30 - 4:30 the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is hosting a First-Time Homebuyer Education Class in the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Building in Cass Lake.  Topics covered will include Budgeting for a home, obtaining a mortgage with MCT, maintaining your home and avoiding delinquency among others. This course is a requirement of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Finance Corporation for qualified buyers.


Please reserve your sport in this class with Cyndi Cwikla at 218.335.8582 ext. 150 or or click here for more information.

Fortune Bay On the Spot Interviews in Nett Lake - Oct 20

Come and visit Fortune Bay interviewers on Oct 20 at the Nett Lake RTG Building from 1 - 3 p.m. Click here for more information.


Click here for a list of current job openings.

October Bois Forte News


The October Bois Forte News has been posted. Click here to view a copy.

RTC acts on ethics violation charge


In a public meeting in Nett Lake on September 10, the Bois Forte Tribal Council found that District I Representative, Karlene Chosa, violated the Code of Ethics on twenty five occasions.


The violations involved unauthorized expenditures on a Band-issued credit card and failure to follow the Band's procurement policy over a twelve month period.


Based on the violations, the RTC voted to recommend that the Band's resident eligible voters begin the removal process under Article X of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Constitution.  Under MCT law, if a sufficient petition is filed with the RTC, it must hold a public hearing and decide whether the Representative should be removed from office.

Great Employment opportunities at Boys & Girls Club in Nett Lake and Vermilion


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland are looking to hire part-time Youth Development staff at the Nett Lake and Vermilion B&GCs and a full-time Program Director in Nett Lake. These persons are responsible for leading programming for youth ages 6-18 and serving as role models to a diverse population.

Individual must be energetic, motivated and enjoy working with youth. High School diploma required. Experience or training in coaching sports teams, teaching, visual arts or performing arts is helpful.

The position offers an hourly wage, vacation, 401 K Benefits. and EEOC.

Click here for more information on the positions.

Minnesota American Indian Transition and 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: 10.01.15

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