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:
OUR GOAL IS TO UNITE ALL MIXED BLOOD FAMILIES.
Please contact Perry with questions or comments. email@example.com
The Mendota Community welcomes you to our Inipi (or sweat) at the Dupuis House in Mendota 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy 55150 Friday May 27th at 5pm.
Inipi at the Dupuis House in Mendota Friday May 27th at 5pm. Please bring some food to share. Woman wear skirts and bring a towel. Woman cannot go in the inipi if you have your period or native woman call it their moon. Men wear shorts and need a towel. If you have any question […]
Mendota’s 17th Traditional Wacipi Sept 9-11-2016. We are looking for volunteers call the tribal office if you would like to volunteer.
Mendota’s 17th Traditional Wacipi Sept 9-11-2016. More information to come later. Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman Chris Antiel Vice Chairman Marlene Dixon Treasurer / Secretary Perry Altendorfer Historian Jim Anderson Cultural Advisor John LeClaire Member at Large Lon Navarre Member at Large
Voting Membership Meeting Monday May 23, at the DuPuis House from 6:30 – 8:00.
Voting Membership Monday May 23, at the DuPuis House from 6:30 – 8:pm. Sharon
Bdote Dakota Water Summit April 17th, 2016 – 12:30-3pm.
Cherokee Park United Church invites community to a farewell celebration for Pastor Tim Johnson
Cherokee Park United Church invites the community to a farewell celebration for Pastor Tim Johnson who is retiring after 35 years of ministry at the church. A Community Open House will be at Cherokee Park United on Saturday, April 9 from 1 to 5 pm. There will a a program at 3:00. Please join us […]
Inipi on Sunday April 17th after the Bdote Dakota Water Summit
Sunday April 17th after the Bdota Dakota Water Summit there is an Inipi at the DuPuis House around 3:30 potluck after the Inipi.
Inipi Easter Sunday at 6pm, Potluck.
Inipi Easter Sunday at 6pm, Potluck. Jim and Claudia Anderson will be running the Inipi. Sharon
The Battle of the Story of Taku Wakan Tipi.
Autonomy, Ecology, Oral History, Social Protests The Battle of the Story of Taku Wakan Tipi 18/06/2014 Ed Sutton 2 Comments by Antidote’s Ed Sutton Our writers collective has only existed informally for a couple of years, and has only been publishing for a few months. Members of the Antidote Writers Collective are still in the […]
Membership Meeting Monday March 28th, 7:00pm at the DuPuis House.
Membership Meeting Monday March 28th, 7:00pm at the DuPuis House. Sharon
Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community] Mayo summer program deadline March 18, 2016.
I’m connecting in hope that we may interest diverse Mendota students (current high school sophomores and juniors) – in a week-long, all expenses paid – career immersion experience in Rochester July 11-15, 2016. The program is designed to give 20 Minnesota high school students hands-on experience in seven different Mayo laboratories, and […]
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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