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  • Medical Emergency Program

    Bois Forte Health & Human Services
    Medical Emergency Fund

    What is the Bois Forte Medical Emergency Fund?

    The Bois Forte Medical Emergency fund was established by the Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council to travel to care for
    or visit an immediate family member with a serious health condition that arises in emergency circumstances. Other
    instances where the fund may be accessed is a medically necessary surgery or one post-operation visit.


    1. The medical situation must be emergent as defined below, a medically necessary surgery, or a post-operation
      follow-up appointment
    2. Must be 18 years or older to apply for assistance
    3. The patient or applicant must be a Bois Forte Band member
    4. The patient or the applicant must be a resident of one of the following counties: St. Louis, Koochiching, Itasca.
    5. The applicant must have to travel greater than 45 miles from home to the healthcare facility
      1. Exceptions to this rule include patients in the metropolitan area and/or;
      2. Patients who require an overnight stay



    1. Application must be filled out
    2. Verification of admittance from the facility the patient is located.
      1. Verification must include short reason for stay, length of stay, signature, letterhead
      2. This is the patient/family’s responsibility. The MEF worker will not request this on behalf of the patient.
    3. Tribal enrollment verification
    4. If the trip is not made, all money received must be returned to Bois Forte within 10 days of check date
    5. The check issued needs to be picked up within 10 days from the date of the check. If not, the check will be
    6. If someone else is going to be receiving the check, it needs to be stated on the application.
      1. All changes to this need to be received in writing. Verbal notification will not be accepted.
      2. Checks are printed and distributed at the Bois Forte Reservation Government Building in Nett Lake.
      3. If not stated on the application that the check is going to be picked up, the check may be mailed to
        address listed on the application.
    7. All requests for same day services needs to be turned in to the MEF worker by 2:00 pm. Those not received on
      time may not receive their check that day.



    1. A max of $400.00 in assistance will be given per patient per calendar year
      1. 21¢ per mile traveled
      2. $70.00 per night lodging
      3. $40.00 per day for meals
    2. Bois Forte Medical Emergency Fund Guidelines 9/3/2019 DRV Approved 7/15/2020



    Medical Emergency: an acute injury or illness that poses an immediate risk to a person’s life or long-term
    health, sometimes referred to as a situation risking “life or limb”

    Immediate Family Member: Spouse, Significant other, child, parent, stepchildren, foster children,
    grandparents, grandchildren.


    Download Medical Emergency Application and Guidelines ↓


    Contact Information

    Attention: Medical Emergency Fund
    Bois Forte Health & Human Services
    5219 St. John Drive
    Nett Lake, MN 55772
    Office: 218-757-3650
    Fax: 218-757-0222


    Attention: Enrollment Coordinator
    Bois Forte Enrollment Office
    5344 Lakeshore Drive
    Nett Lake, MN 55772
    Office: 218-757-3261 option 1
    Fax: 218-757-3312

  • Hearth Connection Homeless Program
  • Energy Assistance Program

    Energy Assistance Program

    1-800-657-3710 / energy.info@state.mn.us


    Download the: 2020-2021 Energy Assistance Program ↓



    Bois Forte Energy Assistance Program
    Tracey Dagen
    Office: 218-757-3261
    Email: tracey.dagen@boisforte-nsn.gov



  • Work Investment Act (WIA) Program

    The WIA (Workforce Investment Act) provides supportive services to assist individuals who are economically disadvantaged, unemployed or underemployed.The Direct Employment program assists band members who have recently obtained employment within a 90 mile radius of the Reservation with work related expenses.



    Leanne Hoffman
    Education Programs Technician
    Office: 218-757-3261
    Fax: 218-757-3312
    Email: lhoffman@boisforte-nsn.gov


Bois Forte
Bois Forte Tribal Government - Nett Lake

5344 Lakeshore Drive
Nett Lake, MN 55772

Office: 218-757-3261
Toll Free: 1-800-221-8129
Fax: 218-757-3312
Email: Receptionist

Bois Forte Tribal Government - Vermilion

1610 Farm Road South
Tower, MN 55790

Office: 218-753-4542
Fax: 218-753-4055
Email: Receptionist

Urban Office - Minneapolis

1308 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Office: 612-871-6618

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Urban Office - Duluth

206 West 4th Street #204
Duluth, MN 55806

Office: 218-336-1048

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