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Prayers, Drums and Dance Oyate Gathering at St Peters Church Sept 11-13-2020.

I know this is long please read. Come join us over the weekend. We need help setting up today, if anyone wants to help. After 11:00am, come down to the church. Lunch will be provided. If it takes all day dinner will be provided. This is the last post, thanks for all your support. Love Sharon
Prayers, Drums and Dance Oyate Gathering at St Peters Church, 1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy Mendota MN 55150.
Any one who wants to join us in our community gathering on Sept 11-13-2020 in lieu of our 21st Traditional Pow Wow.
Hours Friday 3pm – 9pm. Saturday 11am – 9:00pm Sunday 11am -6:00pm.
Mendota would like to say thank you to St Peters Church for graciously letting us use the pow wow grounds again, as they have for 21 years.
Thank you to Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for helping us fund this gathering.
Thank You to Tommy Tomahawk and Jason Hop will oversee setup and take down and volunteers and for setting up on Sept 8 – 14.
Thank you to Jyni from Volunteers of American for helping us with volunteers.
Thank you to all our volunteers in advance.
This will be a small gathering, with the sacred fire lite at 5:05 on Friday. Bob, Jim, Chris, Lenny, Windy and others will be watching over us, feast to follow, please bring a dish to pass. We need drums, dancers. We do want to keep this small. There are no payouts. Just sing, dance, and spend quality time together on this sacred land. We will watch the eagles come when they hear the drums. It will be nice to visit, as we are always too busy during the Pow Wow.
We will be selling fry bread, Indian tacos, hot dogs, and walleye. Customers will be served behind plexiglass. There will be a drive-up option too. We will be following safe practices such as wearing masks and social distancing (6ft). This will be a fundraiser & MMDTC. Mendota will be celebrating our 25 years as a community we will have a cake. Mendota is also celebrating 130 year as an existence community in Mendota.
We need volunteers to make food, make deliveries to cars, and other small jobs. Please call the tribal office in Mendota at 651-452-4141. We need help with Friday and Sunday feast, please bring a dish to pass for both feasts if you can.
We are so sorry we could not have our Pow Wow it breaks our hearts.
Please bring your own chairs and setup 6 ft from each other.
We must do this it is in our hearts and souls and to look back and reflect on our community and our Pow Wows and meet with really good people.
Please do not come if you are sick. We will be using a non-touch temperature for the safety of others. If you have a temperature sorry, but you can not be part of this event.
Mari Avzloz with the Aztec Dancers Kalpulli Huitzillin will dance and ceremony Saturday around 5:00pm.
For every button sold, there will be free Jewelry to pick each day until the 60 pieces are gone. Saturday 60 pieces Sunday 60 pieces So 120 people can get a gift while supplies last each day. Donated by Sharon Lennartson tribal chairwoman.
There will be other jewelry at the raffle booth for sale.
We could use gift cards from any stores.
We need pop and water donations.
Sisters of the Camelot will help with the feast they bring organic food, please bring a dish to pass.
There will be a raffle every couple hours Sat & Sun only.
We will honor some people who have gone to the spirit world in this last year.
Sponsored by MRAC & MMDTC.
Pidamaya Thank You.
Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman (Good Thunder Woman).
John LeClaire Tribal Vice Chair.
Greg Strandmark Tribal Historian.
Jason Delmont Tribal Secretary.

This month in Sept your ACH payments will come out late.

This month in Sept your ACH payments will come out late. Sept 5 is a Saturday so we always need to wait until the following Monday. Then we have the holiday weekend so that delays it again. Your payment will come out Tuesday Sept 8th. Thank you to all who pay through ACH, it helps alot. Thank you for your patience. Sharon & the tribal council.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA. This page is dedicated to helping missing and murdered American Indian women and their families and create.


Please check it out, let’s end this atrocity how can this happen today. Please support the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA. Let’s get our missing native woman back that have not been murdered.

Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman.

MMIW USA’s number one mission is to bring our missing home and help the families of the murdered cope and support them through the process of grief. We give them hands-on support and guidance and if we don’t have the answers, we get the answers so that these families do not feel abandoned and alone in this struggle like so many have before them. Our broader goal is to eradicate this problem so that the future generations thrive. We are doing that through education of the threats that they face and self-defense. We just started a monthly program to do just that. It is called Staying Sacred and we educate and have self-defense lessons at every meeting. Our strength lies in the fact that every single one of the staff and volunteers have been assaulted or trafficked and our passion is to be the kind of organization that we needed growing up and beyond.

IMPORTANT BIA UPDATE! To all members: call the office make sure your file is in order

To all current members in good standing, please call the office make sure your file is in order and complete. If you want you file to go to the BIA.

We are working on how we are going to send in the narrative when it is done. We want you to understand what the process  and when this will happen. Hope to have a meeting maybe at the DuPuis House outside? We will keep you informed.

Your tribal council

Sharon, John,Jason and Greg.

Duane Wipple, Jr. of Santee, NE passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 4, 2020 in Santee, NE. 

Obituary of Duane Whipple, Jr.


Duane Wipple, Jr. of Santee, NE passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 4, 2020 in Santee, NE.  Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the Oyate Oyanke Community Center, Santee, NE with Rev. Pat Whitehorse-Carda officiating.  Burial will be in the Santee Episcopal Cemetery, Santee, NE.  Visitations will begin at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at the Oyate Oyanke Community Center, Santee, NE and continue until service time on Saturday.  There will be a Scripture service each evening at 7:00 PM at the Community Center.  The Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Onsite Crematory, Yankton, SD is assisting with the service details.  Online condolences may be sent at: www.opsahl-kostelfuneralhome.com.

Duane (Porky) Whipple Jr. was born November 19, 1968 to Duane Sr. and Bernadine Whipple Moran. Duane lived most of his life in Santee Nebraska. In his younger years he loved to play basketball and softball with his brothers Don Whipple, Robert Whipple and Sam Whipple and his cousin/brother Steve. He graduated from Santee in 1987. He was our music man and was into heavy metal. Morley Cru,  Cinderella and Poison was heard free from his room daily.  Duane had 3 children: Dominique, Kia and Sabastion. He loved them very much and talked about them often. Duane was the life of the party. He was the joker and would have everyone laughing with his jokes and humor. He always had a smile no matter the situation. Duane became an avid pool shooter in life just like his dad. He also was the tribal historian and museum curator.  Duane will be missed by all of his family.

Duane leaves behind his son Sabastion and Daughter Kia. His brothers Donnie and Robert Whipple. His sisters Patricia Beccera Whipple, Candice Anderson and Angela Anderson.  His cousin/sister Stacy Jo Johnson and his cousin/brothers Steve and Joseph Moose.

Duane was preceded in death by his father, son Dominique, grandmother Bernice, grandfather Tommy, brother Alvin, sister Suzette, and uncle Robert.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Duane Whipple, Jr., please visit Tribute Store


6:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Oyate Oyanke Community Center
104 N, Veterans Memorial Drive
Santee, Nebraska, United States
Scripture service each evening at 7:00 PM
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Funeral service

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Oyate Oyanke Community Center
104 N, Veterans Memorial Drive
Santee, Nebraska, United States
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3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Episcopal Cemetery
Rural Santee, NE
Santee, Nebraska, United States
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