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Holiday Party & Toy Drive at the DuPuis House

Holiday Party & Toy Drive Dec 8 at our Ancestral Home the DuPuis House in Mendota 1- 4.  Please bring a dish to pass for the feast. Please bring a toy or gift for boys & girls ages 1-17, we try and get a gifts for teens a gift card would be nice. Toys will be delivered or picked up on Dec 19 or 20th? If you need toys please email the Mendota Tribal Office mendotadakota@gmail.com, or go to our website www.mendotadakota.com or call 651-452-4141.
All donation request must be in by Dec 15, we need ages and if you need for boys or girls or both. If you can not get to Mendota, Tommy or I will deliver the toys for you. If you want someone to pick up for you you much call in advance an setup a pick up date.
If you can not make the party and want to make a donation of toys or gifts please call the office to meet as there is not always someone at the office 651-4524141. Please don’t wrap & keep toys in bags so kids don’t see them at the party. We have a little bags for each child under 12 at the party we gave out after the party.
Happy Holiday!!
Everyone is welcome.
For those of you who were not at the party last year, sure hope you make it THIS year. You know who you are I will be looking for YOU.  LoL

The DuPuis House is also called the Sibley Site.

DuPuis House

1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy

Mendota, MN 55150

From the Mendota Tribal Council and our Members.
Sharon Lennartson: Chairwoman

John LeClaire: Chairman

Marlene Dixon: Secretary / Treasurer

Perry Altendorfer: Historian

Lon Navarre: Member at Large

Love Sharon

For those of you who want toys for your kids I need ages and boys or girls or both.

For those of you who want toys for your kids I need ages and boys or girls or both. I have people that will be getting donation and they need to know the ages. Please email us with you kids ages how many kids per family. For the teens maybe get gift cards, I hear they will use them more. Most of the toys will go to local kids and community members kids. Thank you in advance for your donations. And putting a smile on a kids face this holiday season. Toys can be delivered and picked up after Dec 19. Watch for an update on website.
mendotadakota@gmail.com email, www.mendotadakota.com website
Thank you the Mendota Tribal Council and its members.

Love Sharon

The American Indian Religious Freedom Act 

Here’s a very interesting post concerning The American Indian Religious Freedom Act

AIRFA  is a US federal law and a joint resolution of Congress that was passed in 1978. It was created to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and Native Hawaiians. 

These rights include, but are not limited to, access of sacred sites, repatriation of sacred objects held in museums, freedom to worship through ceremonial and traditional rites, including within prisons, and use and possession of objects considered sacred.  The Act required policies of all governmental agencies to eliminate interference with the free exercise of Native religion, based on the First Amendment, and to accommodate access to and use of religious sites to the extent that the use is practicable and is not inconsistent with an agency’s essential functions.  It also acknowledged the prior violation of that right.

To read the rest of this article, please visit: www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~rfrey/329AIRFA.htm

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Mendota Members & Honorary Members, please get caught up on your contributions.

Mendota Members please get caught up on your contributions by the end of 2018. Please call the tribal office to find out how much you owe 651-452-4141. Members & Honorary members remember your contributions help keep our doors open.

Thanks you our Tribal Council.

Love Sharon