Inipi has been canceled again, because MHS has no staff on hand to stay with us doing the Inipi. Watch for update on the next Inipi?
“QUERCOPHILES ABROAD” Filmed, edited, narrated, & produced by: Dan “Oakman” Keiser
THE CASE FOR INDIGENOUS RENAMING Acknowledging Minnesota Genocide with Dr. Chris Mato Nunpa.
Honoring our ancestors, Saturday Feb 6th, 2016.
Inipi or Sweat at the DuPuis House in Mendota 55150 this Sunday Jan 24th, from 12 – 7:30 we go into the Inipi 2:00. Please be there by 1:30 if you have done your prayer ties.
I was just informed Albert Lemay passed away into the spirit world on Thanksgiving Day 2015.
Pidamaya or thank you to Jim and Karen Shatek for making our curtains and hanging them up for our new office.
Mendota’s Accomplishments and Participated in through the years 2015 – 2004.
Another year, another great mardigras on Feb 6th Time 7pm-11pm Where Cherokee Park United Church, 371 W Baker St.St Paul.
Voting Membership Meeting Monday 1-25-2016 at the DuPuis House at 7:pm. At the last meeting we talked and voted who would be removed. I will have a list of members who have been removed or will be removed soon. Your Tribal Council.
Lineal descendant lawsuit nearing a final ruling.
By Troy Krause, Editor
Posted Jan 27, 2011
A lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of lineal descendants of an 1886 U.S. census is nearing its end.
While rumors have called the suit dead, the reality is the case is alive and well. Redwood Falls native Erick Kaardal represents approximately 7,000 of the 22,000 claimants in the case of Wolfchild vs. the United States.
The basic claim of the suit is the United States in the 1880s placed land in a trust for those Mdewakanton Dakota who were loyal to the nation and were allowed to remain in Minnesota at the end of the Dakota Conflict.
That land was placed in a permanent trust at that time for those on the census list as well as for their descendants.
Over time, those lands, which include reservations at Lower Sioux, Prairie Island and Shakopee, have been taken out of the control of the lineal descendants by others who were allowed to return as part of the federal Indian Reorganization Act.
The suit claims the descendants have a right to that land based on the promise of the United States.
At a hearing held this past week in Washington, D.C. those involved in the case talked about the amount of money that could be involved in this claim, as casinos now exist on all three reservations, as well as who would and would not be considered a legitimate claimant.
One of those who can trace his ancestry to a name on the census in Al Eller, who said his grandfather was Henry St. Clair.
Eller, who said since the suit was first filed, several claims have been made that are untrue, including a rumor a couple of years ago of what was called a white-out of casino employees.
The rumor was in regards to what is known as TERO, which gives preference to American Indians when job openings occur, so long as the individuals have the qualifications.
“These are just scare tactics,” said Eller, adding from his perspective when it comes to employees the best person for the job should have it.
A ruling has been handed down recently that allows for the allocation of a trust fund of $1 million given to those loyal Mdewakan-ton who ceded land to the U.S. in exchange for financial compensation. After the initial payments were ended due to the conflict, a new treaty was signed in 1868 that resumed the payments for that land turned over to the government.
A U.S. federal court judge sided with the tribe, and the hearing held this past week was directed by presiding Judge Charles Lettow to create a payment plan.
A series of scheduled dates held from February through May are intended to help create that plan before final judgment is handed down by the court.
“The Wolfchild case goes on,” said Kaardal, adding, however, the final resolution date of the case still remains unknown.
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