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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Monday (of the month) Movie – “Stardreamers – The Spirit Water People: The Indian System”
Many members need to fill out the new application, it is on our website under downloads.
The Tribal Council feels we must clear the air about removed members. 9-20-2016
Mendota’s 17th Wacipi was very successful again this year! Sharon
Thank you all for your kindness, love and support over these last few days for Margery’s family. I am following up to let you of the arrangements we have made to celebrate my mom’s life.
Mendota will have an Inipi Sunday Sept 25 at 3:00, Potluck. Sharon
Mendota will have an Inipi Sunday Sept 18 at 1:00, Potluck.
Please send any pictures you have of the Wacipi for 2016. I will be sending out something about the Wacipi soon.
Members and Honorary Membership Meeting Aug 29th from 6:00 – 7:00pm. Then Birthday Party for Sharon Lennartson 70th Birthday Party to follow.
Mendota will have an Inipi Sunday 21, at 4:30 at the DuPuis House.
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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