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Closing Coldwater for a year say NO, we need our sacred water.

1) A letter about what’s happening at Coldwater addressed to the National Park Service regional director in Nebraska is now up at the Friends of Coldwater website. PCCC is listed as as getting a copy of this letter with photos. Please go to www.friendsofcoldwater.org to see the letter and all the photos that just went up on the website.

2) Via the grapevine we heard today that the National Park Service plans to close the Coldwater property beginning this November for a year. We have not been notified of the plan to close Coldwater. We are concerned about unilateral closing without notification and without any process to insure access to the water.

This Sunday morning, Oct 9, there will be a meeting at Barb Nimis’ office/the MMDC office at 10 am, in Mendota. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed closing of Coldwater to the public. Since this is Barb’s home and office, and it’s small, if you would like to attend the Sunday morning meeting would you kindly email Barb at bnimis@yahoo.com so we can plan for chairs. Maybe bring a chair and prepare to chat outside. You might recall that when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed Coldwater we ended up in federal court for a year and a half on the 1805 Treaty case, before they dropped the charges.

You can email the Mendota office too – mendotadakota@gmail.com, or call 651-452-4141

BB. Susu

Non Recognized Tribes in MN.

How can the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community become a Federal Recognized Tribe,who can help us?


My grandmother Lillian Felix at Carlisle Indian School.

I just came across the document at Carlisle Indian School. Lillian is in these articles. This is So Cool, I hope all my cousins see this. On the button of this page is Grandma Lilly and Grandpa Albert and there first son Albert Jr this picture was taken in Mendota. When Lilly came home to Mendota from Carlisle to visit her family, she met Albert LeClaire and never went back to Carlisles. They married and had 5 children.  Sharon

Juan Thomas, Edward Walker, Abbie Doxtator, Clarinda Charles, Daisy Wasson, Nellie Orme, Ida Wheelock, Matilda Jamison, Estaine Depelsquestangue, Lilly Felix, Alice Baker and Sosipatra Suvoroff, came from their country homes to spend Christmas, preferring this time to Commencement when there are such crowds.  They showed good sense.

January 6, 1899 Indian Helper

A surprise party was given in honor of Miss Annie Morton, ’98, who arrived Tuesday evening from her vacation.  The following girls were hostesses, Misses Young, Beale, Gibbs, Felix, American Horse, Warren, Jamison, Dolphus Brown, Wilber and Silverheels.  The evening was spent in playing games and music, watermelons being the finishing touch of the party.  Miss Nancy Cornelius, of Oneida, Wisconsin, Miss Sara Smith and Mrs. DeLoss were among the guests.August 18, 1899 Indian Helper
Mrs. DeLoss and Mrs. Wheelock are enthusiastic pupils of Mrs. Livingston and are rapidly acquiring the principles of scientific dress cutting and fitting.  The students who are learning the system are Sara Kennedy, Minnie Nick, Bertha Pierce, Katie Johnson and Lilly Felix.January 17, 1900 INDIAN HELPER
Quite a number of the girls have been giving little parties in their rooms to some of their friends. Among those was a wild rice party given by Hattie Miller and Alice Denomie. Those invited were Lillian Felix and Martha Hill. The girls enjoyed it as it reminded them of Wisconsin and Minnesota where wild rice is a native cereal.November 14, 1903 Red Man and Helper
Lilllan Felix says by postal that when she first arrived at her home in Minnesota, she was somewhat lonely, but now she is as happy as a bird, She misses the HELPER and orders it sent at once.July 29, 1904 RED MAN AND HELPER

Dakota Conference was very interesting.

Listening to Ray Owens and others was really sad to hear their  feeling about our people, I share those feeling. So much has happen to our people and it is still going on. I did not get there as much as I wanted, but when I was there, I enjoyed it. Pidamaya to Alameda Rocha, Lisa Yankton and everyone who made the conference happen. There is a rope that the MHS has, of someone who was hang at Mankato in 1863. THAT rope needs to go to his family and buried.  I can not say anymore about that for now. Dan and Nick were at the conference too they are on our Mendota tribal council. If Dan or Nick want to share what they feel about the conference, they can write to  me and I will add it to the website.


The Dakota Language Intergenerational Family Immersion Camp.

Subject: Dakota Language Fall Family Immersion Camps

Hau Mitakuyepi!

The Dakota Language Intergenerational Family Immersion Camp is proud to announce its first language learning opportunity for the year. We are now accepting registration for Ptanyetu Oeti (Fall Camp), held on October 14 – 16 at The Forest-Marine on St. Croix just north of Stillwater, Minnesota. The immersion camps are offered for families and individuals interested in speaking the Dakota language. Participants will have the chance to experience the language through: games, traditional arts, storytelling, harvesting food, cooking and eating and songs. Registration will fill soon; we ask applications be completed as soon as possible.

To register by phone or email, contact our staff at: 1-800-222-4750, ext. 4718 or clv@cord.edu, and ask for space in the Dakota Language Program. Online forms may be found at: http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/newsite/Programs/Families/Weekends/dakota.php.

Later in the year, two more immersion camps will take place on:

Waniyetu Oeti (Winter Camp) February 10 – 12

If you have any questions about the program please contact us at dakotaiapi@hotmail.com or clv@cord.edu

Iyuskinyan Waunniyankapte( We look forward to seeing you)!