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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.

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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

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

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1308 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Office: 612-871-6618

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206 West 4th Street #204
Duluth, MN 55806

Office: 218-336-1048

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