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Study: Fond du Lac Band Generates 3,600 Jobs

Posted at: 01/08/2013 3:56 PM
Updated at: 01/08/2013 8:18 PM

nullA new study says the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's enterprises generate about 3,600 full-time, part-time, and temporary jobs in the region.

The study by the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics was unveiled Tuesday.  Researchers looked at the impact of sixteen businesses and services operated by the band.  In addition to about 2,200 people directly employed by tribal entities, the study estimates another 1,400 jobs are directly spurred by the band's enterprises.

The study found Black Bear Casino and Resort is responsible for about 1,080 jobs and Fond du Luth Casino is responsible for about 339 jobs.  The band also operates a construction company and other businesses, along with education, environmental, health, and social service programs.

The band's enterprises generated about $305 million in spending, according to the study, with Black Bear and Fond du Luth responsible for about $120 million of that.  

The study is based on data from 2011.  Since then, the band has also purchased commercial radio stations WKLK and WKLK-FM in Cloquet and WMOZ in Moose Lake.  It also recently signed on public radio station WGZS on the reservation.

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has just over 4,400 members, half of whom live on or near the 100,000-acre reservation in Carlton and St. Louis counties.  Fond du Lac is one of six bands that comprise the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.