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Fond du Lac breaks ground on new cultural language center


August 23, 2019

Caleb Swanson

A crowd of tribal officials, band members and other local dignitaries prepare to ceremoniously break ground at the site of the new Cultural Language and Learning Center on Big Lake Road in Cloquet.

A crowd of about 50 people gathered Aug. 14 to celebrate the start of something new: the Fond du Lac Cultural Language and Learning Center.

Although it's a vacant lot now, by March 2020 the site will be home to a new building for Anishinaabe language and cultural health programs.

Many members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and other local officials and construction industry representatives gathered near Tribal Center on a plot of land off Big Lake Road, eager to learn more about the new center.

"The new center is about connection," band member "Gwiiwizens" Ricky DeFoe sa...

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