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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.

RTC reaches decision in District II Ethics Code complaint


The Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council announced Tuesday that it reached a decision in a complaint filed under the Bois Forte Ethics Code against Bois Forte District II Representative Ray Toutloff relating to a character reference letter identifying his official position as the District II Representative.


The Tribal Council had previously ordered an investigation of the allegations, and on Wednesday, April 29, the Executive Director notified all Council members that the matter would be considered the following Monday.


After careful consideration of the five-count complaint, Representative Toutloff’s response and additional records and proceedings conducted in a closed session, the RTC sustained two of the five counts of the complaint and ordered that Representative Toutloff issue a public letter of apology, to be printed in the Bois Forte News and on the this  website.

Representative Toutloff Apologizes to the Community


District II Representative Ray Toutloff has issued a public apology to the community for writing a character reference letter during the sentencing phase of a Tribal Court trial. You can read the letter by clicking here.

Special Meeting of the RTC - May 27


A special meeting of the RTC will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m. at Fortune Bay in the Woodlands Ballroom.


Agenda item deadline is close of business, Thursday, May 21, 2015.

Ethel Curry American Indian Leadership Scholarship Accepting Applications Until May 30


Click her for more information on applying for scholarships for the 2015 - 2016 academic year.

Bois Forte Saa Gii Ba Gaa Royalty Candidate Application 2015/16 - Due May 31


If you would like to nominate an enrolled Bois Forte Band Member for a Royalty Candidate please click here for an application. Completed form and/or essay must be submitted at RTC front desk in Nett Lake by May 31st.

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.

Fond Du Lac Will Not Net or Spear on Lake Vermilion this Year


Bois Forte Tribal Chair Kevin Leecy announced on Thursday that the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa will not gill net or spear walleye on Lake Vermilion this year.


Click here to view the complete press release.

Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Government Requesting Comments on the Donation Request Policy


Click here to view a copy of the Donation Request Form. It will be posted for 30 days for public comment. Please direct comments to: Sidra Starkovich at

American Indian Mental Health Conference - August 4-5

Bois Forte Health and Human Services American Indian Mental Health Conference will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.  - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.  Click here for more information and to register for the event.

Bois Forte Photo Contest - Sharing the Beauty of Bois Forte


Bois Forte Tribal Council encourages Bois Forte Band Members to contribute their photos to this competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on the Bois Forte Reservation. This competition is open to all levels of photography. All images must be photographed within the boundaries of the Bois Forte Reservation and should be recently photographed – within one year of contest commencement.


The photo contest begins at 12:00 pm CST on May 1, 2015 and closes at 12:00 pm CST on July 31, 2015. Entry is free. For more information, categories and eligibility click hereFor a complete entry form information packet click here.


Bois Forte Photo Contest website

Wild Rice Sold  Out


All of the Grade "A" wild rice has been sold out. Please check back next year.

Want a good job with Bois Forte?


The Bois Forte Development Corporation needs reliable employees to fill several job opportunities with Band owned businesses. To help you with the first step, we now have a hotlink to all the latest job openings. Click here to see what great job/career opportunities are waiting for you.



Our spring fire season is upon us.  The lack of snow cover necessitates that burning permits are again required for all non-cultural / spiritual, and  non-recreational fires. Click here for a list of current burning permit availability status. 


As the fire danger increases there many be a period that burning permits will become unavailable until “green-up” in late May.  Burning of non-vegetative, and/or treated /painted lumber is not allowed. For more information contact Dave Larson, Reservation Forester/Fire Management Officer at 218.757.3177 Ext 1 or

New Curbside and Recyclables Collection Schedule


Click here to view the new curbside and recyclables collection schedule for Nett Lake, Palmquist, Hwy 65, Sugar Bush, Indian Point & Vermilion.

Nett Lake Community Meeting - June 4


You are invitied to attend the Nett Lake Community Meeting on Thursday, June 4 in the Eagle Room at the Reservation Tribal Government Building.  Registration will be held from 5:00 - 5:30 with a light diner at 5:30.  The meeting will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Topics to be discussed include ATVs, Conceal & Carry and BioMass Heatling.


Please join us.

Cooking Class - June 10 & 11


Come and learn to make a simple, delicious meal or treat to bring home for dinner. All food and cooking utensils will be supplied. This month's recipe is Vegetable Kabobs, Red, White and Blue Quinoa Salad and Key Lime Pie.  Bring containers for each item and a big sturdy bag to carry your food home.

Participants will receive a cooking utensil or other item to take home.

Classes will be held on Wednesday, June 10th 2015 from noon - 2 p.m. at the Nett Lake Community Center and Thursday, June 11, 2015 from noon - 2 p.m. 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 June 9th, to reserve your spot.


This program is 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.

Lake Vermilion Traditional Powwow - June 19 -21


For more information on the event click here or contact Muriel Deegan 218.750.7772 or or Tracey Dagen 218.780.1478 or

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.

Boys & Girls Club - Friday Night Teen Night


Every Friday night is teen night at the Boys & Girls Club. Students in grades 6th  through 8th are invited from 6-8 p.m. every Friday night.

With Per Capita right around the corner, please make sure your addresses are up to date. Deadline for the 2015 Per Capita address updates is 4:30pm on July 31, 2015. Any address changes received after this date will not be changed until after checks have been mailed.

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.

General Election 2016


The General Election for 2016 will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Click here for the official memorandum and bylaws for potential candidate qualifications.

Bois Forte Anishinaaabe Language Immersion/Culture Camp - July 13-17


For more information contact Donald Chosa Jr. at 218.753.3261 or 218.404.6170.

To read more about the camp click here.

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, contact the Vermilion Center (753-4542) and ask for Cheryl Debelak, Geraldine Hanks, or Muriel Deegan.


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

Spring Cleaning? The Boys & Girls Club can help!


The Boys & Girls Club is preparing for an April Rummage and Bake sale and would welcome any non-perishable items you are ready to give away. You can drop off your items now through April 13. All donations can be dropped off at the Boys and Girls Club in Nett Lake. Hours of operation are April 6th from 8am-4pm April 7th & 8th from 10am-6pm. back to regular schedule on April 9th from 12pm-8pm.


For more information, contact Wendi Strong at 218-757-3128 or click here.


State of the Band 2014 Survey


Thank you for participating and attending the 2015 State of the Band. The event was a success and we could not have done it without you. Please take a moment to fill out this survey. Together we can work together to make this event even better next year.

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.

Energy Assistance information and forms available on DNR webpage


Click here to access the Bois Forte DNR webpage for information on the energy assistance program and to download application forms or complete them online.


For more information on Bois Forte's Energy Assistance program, contact Kathy Thompson at 218-757-3261 Ext. 197 or

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.




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