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Reminder of this Sunday February 24, Membership Meeting from 12:00 – 3:00 Potluck.

Reminder of this Sunday February 24, Membership Meeting from 12:00 – 3:00 Potluck. If we get all that snow on Saturday, Sundays meeting will be cancelled again. Watch for emails or look on our website www.mendotadakota.com

Your tribal council Sharon, John, Marlene, Perry, and Lon
Love Sharon

Sharon Lennartson, celebrating 15 years of volunteering!

Sharon Lennartson is celebrating 15 years at volunteering at the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community.

I have tears of happiness in my eyes as I am writing this.

Today Feb 11, is my 15th wonderful, marvelous, anniversary volunteering for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community. Mostly ups with some downs but I suppose that is to be expected. All the people I have come to know and love through the years makes everything worth it.

Bob came to me in a dream after he died. I did not know what he wanted me to do. I know Bob is watching over me and I hope he is proud of me. Bob still comes to me in a dream occasionally.

I guess Bob wanted me to get more involved in the community. Linda was doing a great job. But I think Bob wanted a Dakota woman and me because of all his sisters I was the only one who would and could devote my time. I think he wanted me to follow his vision, and that is what I had to do. I could never fill his shoes. I could never ever come close to what he achieved nor would I try. All I can do is follow his vision, which has become my own these past 15 years. I am so proud of what Bob and Linda accomplished in the first 10 years. Thank you to Jim, Beverly, Mike, Greg, Bruce, Vickie, to many to mention. Thank you to all who helped us get back home to Mendota, to re-establish our families & community. We have maintain our office in Mendota since 1994 that is 25 years and proud of it. We have come close to closing our doors a few times. The creator has always been there for us and we found a place to move. That is NOT easy in Mendota since Mendota is only three blocks long. One left turn one right turn LOL.

Our families have been in Mendota for hundreds of years.
We maintain our office through contributions and donations.
If you would like to make a donation go to our website for the address www.mendotadakota.com

As Bob would always say, BE Dakota Every Day!
Love Sharon

Honoring Our Ancestors Saturday Feb 9, 2019

Honoring Our Ancestors Saturday Feb 9, 2019 down at Ft Snelling State Park. After ceremony feast at the DuPuis House in Mendota MN. Print the flyer that is your permit. Flyers will also be at the Gate below the Mendota Bridge. Download flyer for more information. Thank You the Mendota Tribal Council. Please be there! -Sharon

Download or print the flyer: FLYER Honoring Our Ancestors 2019

Honoring Our Ancestors Saturday Feb 9, 2019. We will meet even if it is very cold. Consider the people back in 1862 who were forced to walk with no food, warm clothes, and no real shelters. Many were woman and children, the sick and elderly. In Addison to the above, native people lost everything they knew and loved. EVERYTHING!

On December 26, 1862, the U.S. military lynched 38 of our Dakota patriots in the largest mass execution in United States History. On November 7, 1862, a group of about 1,700 Dakota, primarily women and children, were forcibly marched from the Lower Sioux Agency to a concentration camp at Fort Snelling.

Saturday February 9, 2019
We will light the sacred fire at 10:00 am by Robert Klanderud assisted by Tommy, Perry, and Lon. Ceremony is at 11:00 am.

Fort Snelling State Park.
The park entrance is off Highway 5 at Post Road near the Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport.
Drive down into the park, go inside the building to get your free pass, which is this flyer, or print it now. Mendota will have flyers at the entrance building too. Thank You to the DNR for their help each year.

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck from 12:30ish to 3:00ish. Potluck or feast will be at the DuPuis House, also called the Sibley Site.

1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy Mendota, MN 55150 across from Lucky’s 13.

If you need more information, please call the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community office 651-452-4141. Dress warm, the ceremony is outside women should wear skirts pants underneath to keep warm. Please bring some tobacco. Please bring some doughnuts or rolls to share.

Steve will provide coffee from JS Bean Factory.
Pidamaya ye

Sponsored by the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Council and its members.

Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman Sharon Lennartson Chairwoman, John LeClaire Vice Chairman, Marlene Dixon Secretary / Treasurer, Perry Altendorfer Historian, Lon Navarre Member at Large.