“Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Dakota Culture for Future Generations”

From: Perry Altendorfer, MMDTC Historian To: All Lineal Descendants, Signers and First Original Families relating to the 1830 Prairie du Chein Treaty.  We are currently updating our files, adding articles and documentation that involves families related to this treaty. Please see attached document:

M550 Part5 Johnsons and Jones Report 1856


Please contact Perry with questions or comments.


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Rain or Shine tonight with Joseph Bester we will be at the DuPuis House in Mendota May 17th from 7-8:30pm..

Joseph Bester will be at the DuPuis House in Mendota May 17th from 7-8:30. Please bring a snack.
He will be talking about Native Indian Spirituality.
Please come and welcome Joseph Bester Wednesday night and bring a friend.

Pidamaya for coming and sharing Native Indian Month with us.

The Mendota Tribal Council.

Sharon & the Mendota Tribal Council.

Mendota’s Inipi May 21st at 2:00pm at the DuPuis House in Mendota. Everyone is welcome!

Mendota will have their Inipi May 21st at 2:00pm. Someone will be there by 11:00am. Hope to be done by 8:00pm? Please bring a dish to pass for the feast. Woman can’t go into the Inipi if you have your moon or period.  Woman need to wear a skirt and have a towel. Man need to wear shorts and a towel. If you can’t go into the Inipi, you can stay and support the people in the Inipi. Get the feast ready and just help out. You can donate tobacco, sage, or wood if you want. Please call the tribal office if you want to donate anything. Everyone is invited.

A special pidamaya ye the Creator, Joseph, Lawrence, Tommy, Lon, Joy. And all the man and woman who come to make the Inipi’s so WONDERFUL.

The Mendota Tribal Council welcomes you.

Return of In-Yan Sa (Red Rock) to the Kaposia Community:

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community.


Return of In-Yan Sa (Red Rock) to the Kaposia Community:


In-Yan Sa (Red Rock) is sacred to all Dakota people.

More importantly it is sacred to us the Mdewakanton Kaposia people. It was discovered by our community. It is part of our community. We pray at our In-Yan Sa. It is us who discovered its energy. We the Kaposia hold its power. Taku skan skan. The spirit that is everywhere.  God of movement. We the Kaposia people should be making this decision on where In-Yan Sa should be placed.

We the Kaposia people descending from our great Kaposia Chief Cetan Wakanmani.

In-Yan Sa needs a home. It needs protection and that home is in our Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community. Just as it was prior to 1862… then after the 1862 uprising in which our cousin Little Crow -Taoyateduta was involved in. We could not pray at our sacred boulder. Our Kaposia culture was outlawed. We have been a community lacking Cultural Identity. We also suffered and payed the price. Our families were also imprisoned and hanged in Mankato and sent to Crow Creek and Santee. It is time for “Justice and Healing “.


“The land upon which everyone walks is sacred because of how it was created by our creator. The land is the foundation of what we are trying to preserve for future of our children, our right and their rights as Dakota, rights to a spiritual way of life which have been denied by our ancestors, to us, and to our children. Our choice of Makoce Kin (The Land) is our foundation and like our Dakota ancestors of old, we still are defending our rights to our sacred Dakota land”  –Sheldon Wolfchild


We the Kaposia Band hold Sacred In-Ya Sa.


In-Yan Sa is a Cornerstone of our Dakota Community.


We look forward to meeting and discussing how we can reunite In-Yan Sa with our community. We thank Sheldon and all of our relatives from the other reservations for their support in this matter. We look forward to growing our culture with our other Mdewakanton Dakota communities.


Perry Altendorfer

Historian – Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community




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