Fond du Lac clears up misconceptions
To the Editor: Regarding the recent articles and letters in the Pine Journal concerning the Fond du Lac Band's participation in sponsoring the Cloquet fireworks this year, we would like to clear up a few misconceptions. First of all, for the last...
To the Editor:
Regarding the recent articles and letters in the Pine Journal concerning the Fond du Lac Band's participation in sponsoring the Cloquet fireworks this year, we would like to clear up a few misconceptions.
First of all, for the last two years the Band has been consistent in telling event organizers that the Band did not want to be the sole sponsor of the fireworks. As a community activity, other business and individuals should be encouraged to participate. Last year, when there were still no other sponsors, the Band stated that this would be the last year for sponsorship without the community sharing in the responsibility. It is irksome that the Band is being made the scapegoat this year after organizers failed to take advantage of a one year advance notice to seek additional community support.
Last week, it was suggested that the Band's annual Enrollee Day events were the reason for the Band discontinuing support of the fireworks. The Enrollee Day Event this year featured family friendly activities like a walk/run, family Olympics, native musicians, and yes, fireworks (up in the sky for everyone to enjoy). These events were planned for over six months, long before the request for sponsorship of Cloquet's fireworks. Many communities offer summer festivals, and Fond du Lac is no different, except that Fond du Lac Band members come into the community from all over the country to participate.
The Fond du Lac Band is weathering the recession just like many other units of governments and businesses. We make decisions daily with a mind towards service to our Band members, and the effect on the local economy and community. The Band, as a community service, supplied the sand for the new Cloquet pool at tens of thousands of dollars under the next lowest bid. We have not laid-off employees due to the downturn in the economy. In fact, the Band's distributed in excess of $140 million in payroll, benefits and other income in 2008.
We would encourage the members of the community to consider the many positive effects the Band has on the area.
Karen Diver, Chairwoman
On behalf of the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee