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Mendota’s Community Meetings.

Monthly Meeting coming up.
Monthly Membership Meeting Monday Aug 27 at 6:30 – 8, Sharon Birthday NO GIFTS just come for cake and ice cream.
Pow wow meeting Tuesday Aug 28, 5 – 7.
Rebuild the Inipi Wednesday Aug 29 4-? Is a big deal many people coming bring a dish to pass (feast).
Call with any questions 952-687-7858. Love Sharon

Monthly Membership Meeting Aug 17th / Sharon’s Birthday. Meeting at 6:30 at the DuPuis House. PLEASE NO GIFTS, just come and have cake and ice cream. Love Sharon

Monthly Membership Meeting Aug 27 / Sharon’s Birthday. Meeting at 6:30 at the DuPuis House. PLEASE NO GIFTS, just come and have cake and ice cream. Love Sharon

US State Department sponsored scholarship exchange students. Mendota is participating and asking members to be part of this wonderful program. If anyone would like to help call Mary Armstrong her number is below.

Last year, you also sent out an email to the Mendota Dakotas, and we actually found a wonderful host family through that announcement.  I am wondering if there is any possibility of you sharing another announcement for us.  We still have several exchange students without host families, and our deadline is August 31, so anything you can do to share would be awesome.
Here’s an announcement to share:
Greenheart international, a nonprofit agency, is searching for open-minded and flexible host families to host one (or more!) of our US State Department sponsored scholarship exchange students.  Last year’s Native American host family was awesome, and we are hoping to reach out to more Native American families this year.  Students have competed to receive a merit based scholarship, and are anxiously awaiting notification of their host family.  All students speak English, have medical insurance, and their own spending money.  Volunteer host families provide a room (may be shared), meals, and a  caring environment for their student.  Students arrive late August/early September, and stay through early June while they attend the local public high school where you live.  If you are able to accommodate a student for either 6-8 weeks (welcome family) or for the duration of their stay, please contact Mary Armstrong at 952-657-3406 / email: armstrong.mary@mac.com  / website: www.greenheart.org
Available Students Needing Host Families:
Faiza (girl, Pakistan) – 15  years kid – enjoys badminton, volleyball, cooking with her mom, reading, writing poetry, painting/drawing, hairstyling, ice skating, listening to music, biking,  & aerobics.  She is Muslim and does not eat pork.    She has no pet allergies.  Fair comes from a large family, and is accustomed to all age groups.  She will be attending 10th grade.
Yermakhan (boy, Kazakhstan) –  16 years old – enjoys swimming, soccer, solving Rubik’s cube, reading, robotics, computers, Chess, He would be placed in 11th grade..  Yermakhan says, “Even though I am Muslim, I am not against any religious traditions.  I can be a good family member and everyone can rely on me.”  He does not have any dietary restrictions or pet allergies.    He has 2 younger siblings, and is used to younger kids.
Rakhat (boy, Kazakhstan) – 16 years old – enjoys swimming, writing poetry, reading, watching movies, judo, ballroom dancing, volleyball, biking, &  ice skating,   He has no particular religion, and no dietary restrictions or pet allergies.  He would be in 11th grade.  He enjoys history and often competes in the town history olympiads.
Best regards,
Mary Armstrong
Local Coordinator
Greenheart International 
TEL 952-657-3406

Membership Meeting Aug 27, 2018 at the DuPuis House in Mendota at 6:30. Also Sharon’s B-Day.

Membership Meeting Aug 27, 2018 at the DuPuis House in Mendota at 6:30.  Pow Wow is right around the corner Sept 7-9-2018. Need help setting up Sept 5 and 6, please call the office if you can help 651-452-4141. It is Sharon birthday is Aug 28, come and have cake and ice cream at our membership meeting NO GIFTS.


Sharon and the Tribal Council

Coldwater Sunday, August 26, 2018 Gather at the park entrance, 7 pm

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Gather at the park entrance, 7 pm
Park at pay meters on the road, $1/hour via credit card
Corn is the grain of civilizations. Bred in Native America it grew from the Andes to the coastal plains, from wet Florida to southwest deserts. Corn never grows wild and survives only under human care notes Jack Weatherford in Indian Givers. Developed from a grass to grow inside a husk, corn is protected from pests and weather but must be pollenated by human care. Potato, tomato, beans, corn and squash “The Indians gave the world three-fifths of the crops now in cultivation,” Weatherford reminds us.
Full moon walks have been held every month at Coldwater since 2000.
Sunset 8:01 pm  (44 minutes earlier than the previous full moon)
Moonrise 8:26 pm  (23 minutes earlier than last month’s full moon)
Exact minute of full moon 6:56 am
The year in daylight on full moon days:
August  14 hours, 25 minutes; 58 minute daylight loss
September  12 hours, 59 minutes; 41 minute daylight loss
October  11 hours, 17 minutes; 1 hour, 42 minute daylight loss
November  10 hours, 1 minute daylight; 1 hour, 16 minutes daylight loss
December  9 hours, 2 minutes daylight; 1hour, 1 minute daylight loss
January 1st 2018  8 hours, 52 minutes daylight; 10 minutes daylight loss
January 31st   9 hours, 45 minutes daylight; 23 minute daylight gain
March 1st  11 hours, 10 minutes daylight; 1 hour, 25 minute daylight gain
March 31st  12 hours, 44 minutes daylight, 1 hour, 34 minute daylight gain
April 29th  14 hours, 11 minutes daylight, 1 hour, 27 minute daylight gain
May 29th  15 hours, 17 minutes daylight, 1 hour, 6 minute daylight gain
June 27th  15 hours, 36 minutes daylight, 19 minute daylight gain No wonder the kids won’t go to bed!
July 27th  14 hours, 47 minutes daylight, 49 minute daylight loss
August 26th  13 hours, 31 minutes daylight, 1 hour, 16 minute daylight loss
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 with a credit card for $1/hour. Smart to pay for 2 hours. Gather at the park entrance.
Contact Superintendent John Anfinson, john_anfinson@nps.gov, 651-293-8432 with concerns about no public parking.
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 out 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.
#FullMoonWalk #ColdwaterSprings #MinneapolisNature
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