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Our next Membership Meeting is Sunday April 28 1-4 potluck.

Greetings Dear Members

Our next Membership Meeting is Sunday April 28 1-4 potluck. This is our last Sunday meeting then we go back to Monday nights.

Wow what an exciting time for all of us. This will happen we will get a community center with the help from Best Buy and others. If we all work together to make it happen. If you want to help please call the tribal office 651-452-4141or email us mendotadakota@gmail.com, there is a lot to do in a short time.

How do you feel about our Community Center in Bloomington, Richfield, or anywhere we can find a place.

As much as we want to stay in Mendota there is nothing for sale.

For those of you who do not know how big Mendota is use google map. Mendota is two blocks long one left turn one right turn. One turn takes you to the river and the street ends. The other turn takes you in to where the homes are there maybe 30 homes.

There is no place in, Mendota Heights, Eagan or Inver Grove Heights our next choices.

Those properties are very expensive. An acre of land can be up to $500,000 in Mendota Heights.

Sincerely your Tribal Council

Sharon, John, Perry, and Lon.

Tax Time

Maybe you can donate to Mendota for our Community Center your donation is tax deductible. Thank you for your donation in advance if you are interested in donating to our cause.
Your Tribal Council


Best Buy / Community Center

Fundraising for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community to acquire a Community Center 3-24-2019

Good morning everyone, this is just a quick note to let you know what is going on for our community. We are FINALLY doing a Capital Campaign. We need to raise money to buy a house to use for our community center. Mendota is a 501C3 Non Profit. We met Herbert Joly CEO of Best Buy in November 3rd, 2018 at Marnita’s Table. John, Sharon, Tommy and Victoria were at that meeting. Best Buy seemed very interested in helping us. Mr. Joly ask Sharon to get back to him after the holidays.

We had our first meeting with two of Best Buy board members on Feb 8, 2019. Sharon, Tommy and Bobby attended that meeting. The project proposal is due June 1. If accepted the grant is due by July and is decided in October. We have wanted a community center for years. Now with Best Buy’s help, one of the world largest corporations it is going to happen. Best Buy will donate $100,000 to $150,000 maybe $200,000. Best Buy is getting the tribal council new computers. A person from geek squad has already been out to Sharon house to see what we needed. Computers have been approved, should get them soon. Sharon has an office at her home and has for years.

The grant will be decided in October. Our hope is to be in our new place by our Christmas party and toy drive. We have a realtor looking for commercial property. He is checking on many properties for us. If you know of any properties on commercial zoning, please let us know. Maybe old building like Payless Shoes, a building by itself and about that size. We are looking in Mendota, Mendota Heights, or Eagan. Eagan would be best, but that area is expensive. If we have to go to Bloomington or wherever we will. An old farmhouse with a few acres would really be nice. If the new place needs repairs updates, and office equipment that goes in the grant too. Anyone have any suggestions or any places to buy let us now asap. Spread the word maybe someone knows of a place and do not know Mendota is looking for a place and has money. We need to collect 50% of the money with other funding. We will be on gofundme soon. They charge a fee so checks are better with no fees. Let us all donate and make this happen. Please email the office or call to donate to our community center. We appreciated all donations. Please make checks to MMDC land account in the memo. You can make a donation on Mendota’s web site www.mendotadakota.com and see about the Mendota Dakota people, who we are and our long struggle to get a community center, look under ABOUT to see our panels. Have any questions or comments send us an email mendotadakota@gmail.com Tribal Office 651-452-4141.We will have a plaque made with everyone who made a donation big or small on the wall in our new community center.

Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Dakota Culture for Future Generations.

Thank you from the Mendota Tribal Council and its members.

John LeClaire Tribal Co Chairman, Perry Altendorfer Tribal Historian 

Lon Navarre Tribal Member at Large.

Sharon Lennartson, MMDTC Tribal Chairwoman 

Wakiya Waste Win Dakota  (Good Thunder Woman)

Our Mendota Office is closed until construction is done Office was closed on March 17, construction could take 2 months?

Our Mendota Office is closed until construction is complete, could be 2 months? Update: Still no word on when our office will be reopened?
We had to move everything out so they could begin construction. If you need to talk to anyone at the Mendota Office please call 651-452-4141. Office phone has been rerouted to Sharon’s cell a long time ago.
Thank you Tim J, Earl M, Chris A and his daughter a beautiful little girl, of course Tommy. When I got to Mendota they were 90% done, good job!
Thank you for helping under those conditions.
Love you all so much and thank you for replying for our request for help.

The Mendota Tribal Council.

History Theatre come join the McDonalds sisters.

30 East 10th Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101

Check schedule for times. The McDonald sisters are WONDERFUL they supported us doing Highway 55 and Coldwater. Please help support them now. There are actors playing each sister. Come see the play the sister will be there on opening night March 23, 2019. Love you Jane, Rita, Bridget.🧚‍♀️