The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee recognized a need for a community college as part of a comprehensive education plan in 1979. The Minnesota Legislature created Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) in 1987. The Fond du Lac Reservation chartered FDLTCC in 1987.
The FDLTCC was the only Tribal college created through a Tribal-State partnership. FDLTCC is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), a statewide system of community colleges, state universities, and technical colleges. FDLTCC is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), which is a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. FDLTCC was created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians. FDLTCC generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level.