Sharon Lennartson and the Faribault Dakota Project

Jeff Jarvis Faribault Dakota Project Mendota Dakota Sharon Lennartson Mdewakanton

Sharon Lennartson, tribal headwoman of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community, exploded with joy when she learned of the Faribault Dakota Project in the works. “I yelled and screamed to my boys, “Somebody’s finally going to listen,’” Lennartson recalls. I wanted every bit to be a part of it.” In partnership with the Faribault Heritage Preservation […]

Sheriff in North Dakota Territory

Sheriff in North Dakota Territory Louis Philippe LeMay was the son of Michel LeMay & Pelagie Monfette. He was born in Canada and moved to Minnesota in the 1850’s. He married a woman from Ireland named Ellen Layden (last name was not known exactly). They lived in Mendota, Minnesota and in Pig’s Eye (later St […]

Wanbdi Ho’ta Waste emankiyepi do, nakun Damakota

“Wanbdi Ho’ta Waste emankiyepi do, nakun Damakota” (I am called Grey Good Eagle, and I am a Dakota) “Mitakuye Owasin” (All My Relations)   Dated: March 27, 2022 My GGG – Grandfather Michel LeMay was born in Lotbinere, Quebec (New Canada) October 21, 1805 and his wife Marie Palagie Monfette was born January 8, 1812. […]

New Publication: Mendota Dakota: Stories of Land & Leadership

In honor of Sharon Lennartson’s 75th Birthday – Tribal Chairwoman of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community (MMDTC)) I am thrilled to announce the publication of Mendota Dakota: Stories of Land & Leadership. This book is a collaboration between MMDTC and students in Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas who interviewed 20 […]

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, also known as Lily of the Mohawks was born 1656 and died April 17, 1680 She is a Catholic saint who was an Algonquin–Mohawk laywoman. Born in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, on the south side of the Mohawk River in present-day New York State, she contracted smallpox in an epidemic; her […]

Mike Flammond has passed away details:

Mike Flammond is on his journey to be with his ancestors on 7-22-2020. If you are able to pay respects to Michael Flammond Sr. and support Roxanne & family, we will be having a 24 hr wake tomorrow starting at noon. Prayer at 1:00 pm and feed the people after. Viewing will be in a […]

Who Owns Coldwater? Photo Essay.

Check out the photo-essay “Who Owns Coldwater.” Coldwater is an acknowledged Dakota Tribal Sacred Site and Traditional Cultural Property.

Federal Recognition needs some help with research.

Federal Recognition needs some help with research. This can go a long way in helping us with our federal recognition. Can you please donate some time to assist?   Pidamaye John, Greg, Jason, and Sharon

Radio interview with Dan “The Oak Man” Keiser

Dan Keiser, The Oak Man by Brigitta Greene The Mendota Dakota tribal community honored arborist Dan Keiser [pictured] at their annual pow wow in September of 2019. Keiser goes by “Oak Man,” a nickname he acquired during the years-long standoff over the construction of Highway 55 in the late 90s. The protest pitted environmental activists and native communities against MnDOT. A central […]

CUI Notice Federal Register Publication – human remains from Iowa

Good afternoon, After conversation with George Garvin last week, I’d like to start making plans for reburial of the 138 individuals and 32 associated funerary objects in the attached Notice. As you know, the Ho-Chunk Nation has taken the lead in submitting a claim; I also received letters in support of this from the Otoe-Missouria, […]

VIDEO: Mendota Mdewakanton Wacipi POW WOW Grand Entry

Mendota Mdewakanton Wacipi POW WOW Grand Entry video #powwow #native #indigenous #indigenouspeople #Minnesota #MendotaMN #Bloomington #Minneapolis

Funeral for Jim Anderson \ Red Sky: Wednesday Sept 11th at 11:00am

Funeral for Jim Anderson \ Red Sky Jim passed into the spirit world on June 27, 2019. We had a celebration of life gathering for Jim in August but the traditional Dakota Ceremony will be: Wednesday Sept 11th at 11:00 am St Peter’s Church 1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy Mendota, MN 55120. The meal is pot […]

Looking for vendors for our 20th annual POW WOW!

We are looking for vendor, all vendors are welcome. We are a small Wacipi but we have thousands of people over 3 days. Come and join us we would love to meet you. 2019 Wacipi Vendor Application

New photos from Sharon

These are some pictures from Sharon. A picture of a white buffalo, News articles and the two buttons commemorating Jimmy “Red Sky” Anderson and Sharon “Good Thunder Woman” Lennartson.

Documents for gaining federal recognition 25CFR Part 83 2015

The regulations, paperwork, research and criteria for gaining federal recognition can be exhausting. We could really use your help to do some research with us. If you have time, please contact Perry and he can let you know how you can help. (612) 327-0100 This is 1 page of the BIA criteria for gaining federal recognition.  […]

Both Tribal / Membership Meetings cancelled for Monday Jan 28

Both Tribal / Membership Meetings cancelled for Monday Jan 28, 2019 due to very cold weather and 5 – 8 inches of snow.  Next membership meeting Sunday Feb 24, from 12:30 to 3:00. Potluck. Please bring any pictures or stories about your family living in Mendota if you think we don’t already have them? I […]