Sheldon Wolfchild documentary film “The Indian System”
Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7 pm
Free & open to the public with free popcorn
4200 Cedar Avenue in south Minneapolis
Sheldon will be joining us. The film tells a Dakota oral history of the 1862 war, the hangings of the Dakota 38 Plus 2, including the story of his grandfather, Medicine Bottle, and the removal of the Dakota from Minnesota.
Sponsored by WAMM, Women Against Military Madness
Donations gratefully accepted.
Until recently, historians have failed to uncover the truth behind the war of 1862 in Minnesota. In this movie, filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild portrays his grandfather, Medicine Bottle. He tells a Dakota oral history of the 1862 war, the hangings of the Dakota 38 Plus 2, and the removal of the Dakota from Minnesota. During the 1850’s and throughout history, treaties were forced upon the Dakota people. Noted Minnesotans such as Henry H. Sibley and Alexander Ramsey manipulated the Dakota people to cheat them out of their supposed benefits, and ultimately their land. After the Dakota were removed to their reservation, corrupt agents and Indian department superintendents embezzled as much Dakota treaty money as they could. In the production of this movie the filmmaker interviews historians and authors Dr. David Nichols and Mark Diedrich to artfully weave this story together. Sheldon Wolfchild is a member and former Tribal Chairman of the Lower Sioux Indian Tribe who has appeared in a number of feature films and television shows.
July Glory Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Gather at the park entrance, 7 pm
Park at pay meters on the frontage road via credit card
July is glory month at Coldwater because the planted prairie flowers are in bloom. The color and scent of the land and the music of water, birds and insects are at peak. It is a most alive and peaceful place.
Special guest Henry Fieldseth will be with us to identify the plants. Henry founded the Friends School Plant Sale in the 1980s, now the largest plant sale in the state, held annually on Mother’s Day weekend
- Full moon walks have been celebrated every month at Coldwater since 2000.
- Sunset 8:56 pm (6 minutes earlier than the previous full moon)
- Moonrise 9:03 pm (26 minutes earlier than last month’s full moon)
DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in
Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down on the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.
Gather at the park entrance.
All welcome. Dress for the weather, especially sturdy footwear. We celebrate the full moon in all-weather however the length of the walk depends on conditions. If it’s really cold or wet it’s a quick 10-minutes to the spring outflow gurgling from under the limestone bedrock Spring House built in the 1880s to supply potable water to Fort Snelling.
This gathering is free and open to the public.
Friends of Coldwater info: http://friendsofcoldwater.org
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.
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.
Both Tribal / Membership Meetings cancelled for Monday Jan 28, 2019 due to very cold weather and 5 – 8 inches of snow. Next membership meeting Sunday Feb 24, from 12:30 to 3:00. Potluck. Please bring any pictures or stories about your family living in Mendota if you think we don’t already have them? I have come across many stories that have been told. We still need more. If any of your information has changed please call the office to update. Very important that your membership is current. Your Tribal Council Sharon, John, Marlene, Perry, and Lon.