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Zoom Meeting Discussion Federal Recognition Press Release on June 21, 2021.

Mendota Dakota Mdewakanton Tribal Community Discussion Federal Recognition Meeting Press Release

If the video doesn’t work, or if you prefer to download it, here is the video hosted in Zoom:
Press Release 6/21/2021

Reply to us as to what you think of the video?

Thank you Greg Strandmark Historian and Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman.

I will add more names of people to thank, soon as I complete the list.

Love Sharon

Honored to have Representatives from Dickinson / Carlisle Indian School website.


Three Representatives from Dickinson / Carlise Indian Industrial School website. Will be at our Wacipi what an honor.

So honored to have them come from Pennsylvania. Barbara Landis, Susan Rose, and Jim Gerencser.

Updates: Here are a few things I wanted to update for you all.

Thank you to everyone involved in the Wacipi. We are all family!!!! There is a lot of hard work for months, thank you Joe for helping so much. Thank you security and volunteers.

I have talked to Barbara from Carlisle for many years about Lilly Felix, my grandmother. Lilly is grandmother to many others all my cousins.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women will also have a booth.

Kalpulli dancers will be around 5:30ish. Powerful & Amazing Dancers.

We have new vendors coming from all over the usa. How exciting.

Thank you to all our new and regular volunteers. Can wait to see all the vendors.

Professor Mike Kline from St Thomas University’s book about us will be published soon. We will also be honoring them at the Wacipi.

Can not wait to see everyone.

I will post more updates as then come. Love Sharon

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe to again seek federal recognition

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe to again seek federal recognition.

Article by Jenna Kunze. Aug 2nd, 2021

MENDOTA, Minn. — At the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in the heart of the Twin Cities exists the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community (MMDTC), a 125-member group who can trace their ancestry in the area back to the mid 1700s.

But because of issues stemming from the U.S.-Dakota conflict in 1862 when the federal government dissolved treaties with the Dakotas and drove most of them out of the state, MMDTC says it has been dispossessed of its land and federal tribal status.

Now, for the second time in 25 years, the Mendota Mdewakanton — a word to describe a number of Eastern Dakota or Sioux people — is seeking federal acknowledgement from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

“It’s very important,” said Chairwoman Sharon Lennartson, 74, who has led the MMDTC nonprofit entity for a decade and a half after helping the group organize in 1995. “We’ve wanted this since day one when we started our community.”

Like other Mendota Dakota descendants of mixed-blood ancestry coming from the French fur traders, Lennartson grew up out of touch with her Indian heritage.

“I wasn’t raised Native,” she said. “I never got to dance with my aunties and uncles. That was all taken from me.”

In the late 1990s, groups of Mendota families organized to take back their identities. Their awareness came from the nearby Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which put an ad in the paper looking for descendants. Lennartson’s grandfather was granted land to farm in Shakopee, and her cousins are enrolled tribal members. But Lennartson and several others didn’t qualify for membership under Shakopee’s bylaws.

“Where we really belong is in Shakopee,” said Richard LeClaire, MMDTC’s oldest member and Lennartson’s cousin. “They wouldn’t let us in. They cast us off and told us to go start your own club. And that’s exactly where we are today.”

Lennartson said the main push behind federal recognition hinges on reclaiming historic properties once belonging to their ancestors, including the DuPuis House where her grandparents once lived. The house is currently owned by the state and operated by the Minnesota Historical Society, which gives MMDTC permission to host monthly meetings there.

Additionally, federal recognition would allow MMDTC to apply for certain federal grants and pools of money to help fund programs, such as Dakota language classes, and the group’s annual powwow.

Mendota historian and MMDTC member Greg Strandmark said he feels confident the tribe will meet the Department of Interior’s seven mandatory criteria to gain federal recognition, despite the tribe’s ill preparedness in the process decades earlier.

The group didn’t follow through on its 1996 petition past the “technical assistance” phase because it didn’t have enough research to make its case to the Department of the Interior’s Office of Federal Acknowledgement, which determines if a petition will move through the process of acknowledgment.

“It was a fairly incomplete petition back then,” Strandmark said.

A technical assistance letter from the Office of Federal Acknowledgements informed the MMDTC at the time that “these materials do not provide an adequate basis on which the (Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs) could make a determination concerning federal government acknowledgment under all seven criteria.”

However, after several trips to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and Kansas, plus more information being made available online, the group is ready to submit a petition once again.

Arlinda Locklear, an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and an attorney practicing federal Indian Law for 35 years, said the process of filing a petition presents “a quadruple whammy” for tribes.

The process of meeting all seven criteria requires a “high burden of proof” that necessitates expert analysis, which is expensive especially for resource strapped unrecognized tribes. On top of that, the people who could provide oral testimonies and documentation that might help prove certain criteria for a tribe are aging, Locklear said, noting the federal recognition process can take a generation to complete.

“You have this really awful evidentiary requirement placed upon people with no resources, but at the same time they’re trying to comply with that, they’re losing generations of people who have access to some of that information,” she said. “It’s not uncommon for tribes to spend 20 to 30 years … in the preparation of and in following the processing of these petitions.”

According to Locklear, garnering the extensive documents and expert analysis needed for a strong petition could cost tribes close to $1 million.

For MMDTC, which has existed entirely through volunteers, the petition has cost $500,000 in time and money, according to Strandmark’s estimates.

Challenges from Indian Country

Beyond meeting the onerous criteria from the federal government, the MMDTC also faces challenges from other tribes. To that end, the nearby Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community disputes Mendota’s legitimacy as a tribe.

At the crux of the argument, the Shakopee contend that when Congress bought land for Dakota communities in the 1800s, the Mendota were left out, unlike the other three recognized Dakota communities in Minnesota.

“Land was purchased at Prairie Island, Lower Sioux, and Shakopee,” the community wrote in a statement to Tribal Business News.  “Land was never purchased at Mendota. Based upon our understanding of the tribal recognition process, there is no factual basis for a tribe to secure recognized government status at Mendota.”

A letter from a BIA agent to the commissioner in 1888 noted that land wasn’t purchased for the local Native community in Mendota because it was significantly more expensive than what the agency was willing to spend. The cost at “$500 per acre” in Mendota compared to $15 an acre elsewhere, likely because of the proximity to St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Locklear noted that federally recognized tribes can oppose the recognition process of other tribes as a means of self-preservation and staving off competition for gaming ventures in many cases. For the Shakopee specifically, the tribe’s existing casino would inevitably be threatened if the Mendota were to open a casino less than 10 minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

“A lot of recognized tribes have a policy of opposing the recognition of any tribe in their vicinity,” Locklear said. “I’ve seen it in (the) Northwest, I’ve seen it on the east coast. It happens all over the country. It happens when there is potential for gaming competition. It happens when there is potential for participation in a pro-rata share of treaty fishing rights. It happens when there is concern about sharing limited Indian Health Services appropriations.

“A lot of these reasons … relate to there being too little resources on the table in the first place for Native communities.”

Kevin Washburn (Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma), the former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior and current dean at the University of Iowa College of Law, said that in some cases, the challenges from one tribe group to another goes beyond economic considerations.

If there was no gaming in the world, I’m not sure that the opposition would go away,” he said. “It goes to the core of identity in some cases.”

‘Generational’ process

Ultimately, MMDTC members expect the road to federal recognition will be a long one. Currently, the BIA has six petitions “in process” that have each been submitted as far back as 1994, with no time limit set for a decision. An additional five potential tribes are in the pipeline once they supplement their petitions.

“Most of these tribes that have gone through federal recognition, they’ve been going through it for decades. It’s generational,” Strandmark said. “If we get federal recognition, I’ll go to the spirit world knowing that 100 years from now, the community will still be there. It won’t be forgotten in history.”

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Sharon’s New Wacipi List.

Wacipi Notes that Sharon has done for our 21st Wacipi Sept 7 – 13.


  • I ask Star Tribune to advertise our Wacipi. Done
  • Pioneer Press too. Done
  • We got a $5,000 donations, and a $350.00. Done
  • Joe got another grant for panels for pow wow for $2,5000, we have not received the check yet. Done
  • We will use square or something like that for Visa Cards. Done
  • Sharon must approve everything first at the Wacipi. Done
  • Tommy and Jason Hop only oversee the Wacipi Security. Done
  • Marie will oversee all volunteers. Done
  • Mountain Iron Buhl School Indian Education Community ED. Stary Gallus may bring kids down for Wacipi? They have to come while classes are in session, not over the summer. Done
  • Shawn film Radio.
  • Find Radio and T.V stations to advertise. Done
  • Covid precautions? Done
  • Anita Gate has some vegetables. Done
  • We need lots of vegetables. Who can get more vegetable? Done
  • Keep everything in boxes they came in for storage in pods. KEEP BOXES
  • Wi-fi for Carlisle Indian School 3 people coming from Pennsylvania we will provide everything for them, big canopy at least two and 2 maybe 3 table, generator, whatever they need.
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman will have a booth. Done
  • Two new 20×40 canopy no more water leaks for kitchen ONLY.
  • Ordered 8 more signs 12 x 18. Done
  • Get kitchen set up work areas security job and volunteers Wed Sept 7.
  • Clean all appliances asap volunteers and security get plugged in by Sept 7.
  • When we get different frig & freezer keep at office at office? Plug in by Aug 15th. Jason Hop will get the appliances. Unless someone else finds one.
  • Map of kitchen Joe. Done
  • Map vendors Joe. Done
  • Order 3 more flags Joe. Done
  • Crafts for kids, Greg has some drum kits for kids. Done
  • Better headsets.
  • Fanny packs for security?
  • May have a live eagle, Tommy and I are working on that. The eagle is expense $498.00 for one hour.
  • Moccasin tournament.
  • Some other dance specials.
  • Get teepees setup Sept 7, security, and volunteers.
  • Get garbage bags out all over, Security and Volunteers Sept 10. Get some garbage cans out by Sept 7th.
  • Put sinks all around toilets and kitchen area. Ordered two more.
  • We only need two toilets from Sept 7-9 then the others will be delivered on the 10th. Done
  • Ordered pods to be delivered on Sept 7th. Tommy and Jason have the contract numbers.
  • Wipe everything down all over for Wacipi. volunteers, constantly.
  • Make checks to MMDTC, 1351- Sibley Memorial Hwy- Mendota MN, 55150.
  • On the buttons this year will be Lisa Bellanger and Dave Carson our head dancers. Done
  • Big sign for people who donated to the Wacipi. Done
  • Hang pictures up on fence like at the Gathering last Sept.
  • We need at least 20 cases of pop diet & regular you can get donations for pop too.
  • Get camper from Steve or John?
  • Water by podium keep cold, make sure there is always water in cooler. Volunteers
  • Two lines for kitchen and condiments both sides. Tommy, Jason H, Volunteers.
  • Ordered 9 pans of meat. Sharon Done
  • Order xxx large garbage bags Sharon. Done
  • St Peters said we can use their garbage again. Done
  • Recycle guy may get us supplies from the city? Sharon
  • Call for Pow wow Insurance Sharon. Done
  • Helpers’ volunteers for feast Friday night & Sunday. Maria, Roxanne B, Lyn, Josine.
  • Need water at least 30 cases like always. Maybe 10 cases more?
  • Marie from Cherokee Park United Church has another church to help with feast on Sunday.
  • Call or email Marie for volunteers’ jobs, she could use help calling volunteers 651-239-5163 mmcnamara1954@gmail.com Maria please send me the volunteers list from last year
  • We have about 25 volunteers so far I will get you there information to Maria.
  • Maria and I went through the volunteer list update everyone, that took two hours.
  • Jyni Koschak jkoschak@voamn.org cell or work 612-704-6116
  • Called Jyni (Volunteers of American) she is on the calling list. Done
  • Maria you should talk to her to from the Volunteers of American great gal.
  • If you have volunteers in mind, they need to let Maria know starting Now August 1St.
  • Keep anyone not working out of kitchen. I will have signs. Done
  • Sign In will be separate from kitchen. Trying to have the kitchen more open. Outside behind kitchen by security, will be vendors and volunteers.
  • I will send kitchen map and vendors map soon. Almost Done
  • Make eating area bigger.
  • Kitchen will be bigger, less things in kitchen.
  • Volunteers for feast Friday night 4 people. Maria
  • Volunteer job for helping kids bead. Maria
  • Volunteers to put kids teepee up. Maria
  • Security Flags up.
  • Security make sure toilets have lights all 10. Especially the toilets in the back.
  • Volunteers to take down all signs and lights on toilets when Wacipi is over after 6 on Sept 12. Give to Sharon.
  • Volunteers make sure elders get water.
  • Permit Jason Delmont by August 15 no later.
  • Signs up Jason D and security.
  • Get signs up by August 15 around Mendota. The rest by Sept 7-9.
  • Have Wacipi meeting NOW.
  • Mary Armstrong said she has maybe 15 foreign students maybe more.
  • 1 new small refrigerator, 1 new freezer. The other ones are 20 years old, leak, smell. We will give then away or bring to the dump. Someone may like one for the garage give us a call if you want them. We will have 2 refrigerates and 2 freezers like always.
  • $2,000 from Riverboat Gaming.
  • $750.00 from Leach Lake.
  • $500.00 from Mille Lac Band of Ojibwe.
  • Michael Lamay sent our 144 donations from tribals in the U.S. Six have come back. I hope there will be more. Just to have a relationship with them.
  • We got a donation from one of the letters Mike send out. From the Yavapa Tribe, Prescott AZ for $1,000.00. Good job Mike.
  • Lecelia and Romelle Ogenina 218-308-1912 sister to cook frybread. They will help run the kitchen. They are coming from Leech Lake. We are paying for the rooms. They came to our gathering.
  • Connie will make 20 tubs of fry bread. Done
  • Mike will make 4 tubs. Done
  • Oneida Tribal Council turned us down for donation May 19, 2021.
  • Peter 651-905-4307 from St Peters Church is the contact person.
  • Jason got wood for fire. Done
  • Pow Wow Panels 34×81. We don’t need 18, probably 10.
  • We will honor St Thomas and Mike and Amy and students.
  • Crafts for kids we need beads. volunteers
  • Rate rooms from $109.00 to $64.00 rooms for helpers out of town. You must mention Mendotadakota to get the discount. Sharon Done
  • Email Woman foundations volunteers.
  • Email any native foundations for donations & volunteers.
  • Security people 6 only,
  • Kalpulli dancers between the around 5:30ish on Sat.
  • And of course, our regular wonderful vendors who come each year.
  • Thank you to all our volunteers.
  • Chrysalis women’s group. Sharon
  • Mike LeMay may bring Salmon for Wacipi.
  • Big posters for all our Wacipis we have had since 2000.
  • Native Radio up north kOJB Tommy. Done
  • Pioneer Press Sharon. Done
  • Channel 2 or any Channel. Volunteers can call to see if we can get some airtime.
  • Minnesota Explore Joe. Done
  • Call Molly, and other vendors Sharon. Done
  • Susu, Coldwater will have a booth. Done
  • Called Molly. No reply yet.
  • Ordered polo shirts. Done
  • Mikes book for Mendota will be at Wacipi?
  • Sharon will donate her own Jewerly with buttons while supplies last.
  • If anyone has any jewelry, they want to donate please call Sharon.
  • Volunteers for raffle booth we need 6 people.
  • Blue Loom vendor.
  • Hot dog vendor
  • Lemonade vendor
  • We have 15 vendors so far.
  • Make flyers. Done
  • Make bigger signs. Done
  • Called vendors. Sharon Done
  • Ordered 2 more tents. Done
  • 4 new vendors have called.
  • Called T.V and Radio Stations. Done
  • Hoping
  • Ask members to get donations or gift cards.
  • Ask for donations from any Churches anywhere. I have the request for donations and Wacipi flyer to give to them. Both are on or website. Mendotadakota.com
  • Volunteers to cut fish.
  • Volunteers (runners) to pick up ice from Arby’s and other supplies we may need.
  • Donation signs.
  • Volunteers for application for honorary and linear members.
  • Volunteers for sign in Maria.
  • Volunteers for guest sign in.
  • Are done and corrected. Done
  • ********************************************
  • Ordered new toilets, another place, prices went up too much. Ordered 8 reg, 2 handicaps. May order a third handy cab for changing into regalia.
  • Make sign for the toilet for changing into regalia. Not to be used for a toilet.
  • Cancelled Fun Jump.
  • Ordered 4 Canopies from Walmart since we cancelled Fun Jump.
  • Kitchen map is done.
  • Vendor’s map is done.
  • Maria and Sharon got the calling list updated took two hours.
  • T shirts have been ordered. Done
  • Thank you, cards. Done
  • Pods are coming Sept 7th around 11:00ish. Done
  • We will be using St Peters Garbage. Done
  • Signs in kitchen how to make Indian Taco.
  • Get water from St Peters, get 2 hoses if we can.
  • Set up Button booth first thing Sept 10th.
  • Orientation in kitchen. Maria or Lyni.
  • Maria will call Joy to get some details about the kitchen.
  • Must get hi speed Internet now.
  • Called St Peters about internet.
  • We have plenty of aprons. Done
  • Cancelled Wacipi meeting on July 25. Next one on Sunday night at 6 Aug 1st . Watch for zoom invite.
  • Get more gloves we will go through lots od groves and wipes.
  • I ordered lots of wipes.
  • Please check out our flyer as it has changed a few times.
  • Greg needs help in the podium with the sound system. He needs a break from time to time.
  • Greg also needs help with lights.
  • We need suggestion and your input on the Wacipi.

We would love to add your descendances charts on our website

Quick Reference to some Mendota Members who are DESCENDANTS of Chief Cetanwakanmani (Little Crow).

Dear Mendota members. We would love to add your descendances charts on our website. Not just the Felix, Robinette and LeClaire family. We are a community of 130 members in good standing.

Send your stories or descendance charts to mendotadakota@gmail.com

Your Tribal Council, Greg, Jason, Joe and Sharon.


Good luck to Tommy, Riley and everyone helping with Mendota fundraiser

Morning Tommy, Riley and those who are helping Tommy and Riley good luck on the fundraiser for Mendota, over Memorial Day weekend. Tommy, you and Riley do so much for the Mendota Community, we appreciates you both so much. If your not busy, check out the Rice’s County Powwow in White Earth. You will see Tommy and the team helping him.
Good Luck!
Love you all auntie Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman for Mendota.

Homicide body dumped in a car by Coldwater. Please come to purifying event

Dear All,

Sorry to report. There was apparently a homicide with the body dumped in a car, parked at the Coldwater entrance. An accelerant was used to set the car afire Thursday night about 11 pm.

Lon Navarre has agreed to sage at Coldwater, tomorrow morning, Saturday, May 29. Meet at the Coldwater entrance at 10 am.

Last summer the National Park Service grounds-keeper, Neil, found a body hanged on an oak tree over by the tree line near where some rock seats are placed in a circle. We hope to sage that area also.

Please come to this sage-purifying event if you can. We know this is the right thing to do.

Update about POW WOW, Online Zoom Classes, Donations, Keeping Our Culture Alive

Please help the Mendota Community get our classes back again. We are currently having a small class on zoom with Chris Mato Nunpa.

Please help the Mendota Community get our classes back again.

2020 was a bad year for everyone, and the Mendota community was hit very hard.

It is so very important to keep our traditions alive forever including our language and culture.

Please consider donating to help. $10, $50, $100, any amount will help so much and all of your donations are tax deductible. You can request that your donation goes specifically to language, cultures, regalia classes, pow wow or let us know if there is something important to you with your donation.

You can donate once, or monthly. Anyone making monthly donating will be honored at our pow wow. We are hoping to have our POW WOW on Sept 10-11-21.

We also have beading classes. Please let us know if you’re interested.

Help with operation would be greatly appreciated to keep our doors open.

With sure determination, passion, and love we have kept our door open barely for 26 years.

A community center would be nice for our people, we have a tiny office that we rent in Mendota MN.

Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community is a small native community struggling every day to keep our doors open. www.mendotadakota.com  651 452-4141. Please send checks to

1351 Sibley Memorial Hwy
Mendota, MN 55150.

Please help us to Preserving, Protecting, and Promoting the Dakota culture for future Generations.

Thank You! Pidamaya!

The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community Tribal Council.

Mdewakanton POW WOW Mendota Dakota Children

Please use Amazon Smile and Our Tribe Will Earn Donations!

Hello, everyone just a reminder to use Amazon Smile by using this link: www.mendotadakota.com/amazon
(If that link doesn’t work, here is the direct link:  https://www.linksmile.amazon.com/ch/41-1848659)
When you use amazon to shop, Mendota gets a percentage of all orders because we are a 501C3 charity and the best thing, is YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED ANYTHING!.
We have been getting small donations from amazon for about 3 years now.
Thank you Judy and Greg S, for telling us about the donations thru Amazon. On Amazon there are charities amazon donates too.
If Amazon asks you which charity, please search for Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community.
When you’re on amazon we should see on the top left hand corner right under search. Supporting: Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community for your Charity that you have chosen.
Thank you all for helping us to get donations thru Amazon.
Happy Shopping!!
Mendota Tribal Council.
Love Sharon
Mendota Dakota Amazon Smile

Congratulations to all the winners from our pow wow raffle booth & auctions

To all our wonderful guests who came to our 20th Pow Wow. Thank you all so much for coming to our Pow Wow and supporting your local Native American Community. It was a honor to have you join us.

For those of you who won at the raffle booth or auction booth at the Pow Wow.

We will be at the office Sunday Sept 22, from 1-3 our address is 1351 Sibley Memorial Hwy in Mendota, down the hill from St Peters Church, left side of the street.

There is Lees Education, Greg’s Barber Shop,  just come in the front door we are on the right.

If you can not make that time, please call to setup at time that is convenient for you 651-452-4141.

Thank you from the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community and our Members.

Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman.


Honoring Our Ancestors Saturday Feb 9, 2019

Honoring Our Ancestors Saturday Feb 9, 2019 down at Ft Snelling State Park. After ceremony feast at the DuPuis House in Mendota MN. Print the flyer that is your permit. Flyers will also be at the Gate below the Mendota Bridge. Download flyer for more information. Thank You the Mendota Tribal Council. Please be there! -Sharon

Download or print the flyer: FLYER Honoring Our Ancestors 2019

Honoring Our Ancestors Saturday Feb 9, 2019. We will meet even if it is very cold. Consider the people back in 1862 who were forced to walk with no food, warm clothes, and no real shelters. Many were woman and children, the sick and elderly. In Addison to the above, native people lost everything they knew and loved. EVERYTHING!

On December 26, 1862, the U.S. military lynched 38 of our Dakota patriots in the largest mass execution in United States History. On November 7, 1862, a group of about 1,700 Dakota, primarily women and children, were forcibly marched from the Lower Sioux Agency to a concentration camp at Fort Snelling.

Saturday February 9, 2019
We will light the sacred fire at 10:00 am by Robert Klanderud assisted by Tommy, Perry, and Lon. Ceremony is at 11:00 am.

Fort Snelling State Park.
The park entrance is off Highway 5 at Post Road near the Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport.
Drive down into the park, go inside the building to get your free pass, which is this flyer, or print it now. Mendota will have flyers at the entrance building too. Thank You to the DNR for their help each year.

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck from 12:30ish to 3:00ish. Potluck or feast will be at the DuPuis House, also called the Sibley Site.

1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy Mendota, MN 55150 across from Lucky’s 13.

If you need more information, please call the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community office 651-452-4141. Dress warm, the ceremony is outside women should wear skirts pants underneath to keep warm. Please bring some tobacco. Please bring some doughnuts or rolls to share.

Steve will provide coffee from JS Bean Factory.
Pidamaya ye

Sponsored by the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Council and its members.

Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman Sharon Lennartson Chairwoman, John LeClaire Vice Chairman, Marlene Dixon Secretary / Treasurer, Perry Altendorfer Historian, Lon Navarre Member at Large.

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 have come across many stories that have been told. We still need more. If any of your information has changed please call the office to update. Very important that your membership is current. Your Tribal Council Sharon, John, Marlene, Perry, and Lon.

Language class every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 (see details)



Language class are held every Wednesday evening from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm except for the last Wednesday of each month where we hold culture class language class during the same hours.

Both classes are at the DuPuis House in Mendota.

Please bring a snack to both meetings. Both classes are open to everyone, please bring a friend and learn the Dakota language and culture.

The Mendota Tribal Council.

It does not require many words to speak the truth

Darlene Jackson White Eagle began her journey into the Spirit World Thursday April 15, 2011.

Where do I start with little Darlene. When I first saw this little woman, and how active she was. I thought I would like to get to know her and be like her, I came nowhere close to her dedication.

Darlene is a beautiful Ojibwe woman. Darlene was the first person I heard say Pida Migwetch, which means thank you in Dakota and Ojibwe. When I first heard Darlene say both Pida Migwetch, I was so happy to hear it in both languages, as I have both bloods running in my veins. Darlene was very active in many causes, like Coldwater, the 4 grandfather Oak trees, and especially AIM.

Today Sunday at 3:00 to 8:00 there will be a wake & celebration of her life at 31st St & Park Ave, at the old Office of Indian Ministries. I don’t know the name of the new church. On Monday there will be a wake up at Cass Lake where she is from. Tuesday will be the burial at Cass Lake.

So a Big Pida Migwetch to you on your journey. Say hi to Bob, Garrett, Chris, and Eugene and all the elders we have lost lately, and to all of our relations.

The Mendota Dakota Community and all of the people and members will miss you deeply.

Until we meet again dear little sister good bye for now.

Love Sharon,

I’m proud to be a Dakota and Ojibwe woman.

Garrett Wilson Memorial Sevice Dec 29, 2010.

Garrett began his spirit journey last night very peacefully.  He was a gentle warrior ( keeping watch over the people) and a community treasure.  Our prayers for comfort and peace surround Lynne and her family and Jim and Roxanne and their families and Garrett’s tribal relatives and his All Nations Family.

A Service of Celebration of Life and Thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday, December 29, at 4:00 PM at All Nations Indian Church, 1515 E 23rd St., Minneapolis, MN In lieu of flowers, the families prefer Memorials to All Nations Indian Church. Please bring a dish to share.
Food will be served following the memorial.

My husband, GARRETT died 12/23/2010 in his sleep.

Please let others know too,  Garrett died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday night.

I had returned from Texas and we had shopped, eaten pizza, and watched a movie together before bed, so our last few hours together we filled with love. Neither he nor I knew this was coming….I am fine, very strong, with lots of family support.

Viewing is at my home  all day SATURDAY  12/25  and cremation is Sunday morning.

Lynne Young

3622 vincent Avenue No

Mpls  MN   (North Side, about a mile north of North Memorial Hospital)

Please stay home and enjoy your family during this time of Love and Peace and Hope. But if you have a moment, I would love to see you.

Garrett is gone, but he is still her with me in body and in spirit, in our home.  They will pick us up Sunday and drive us together to his Cremation.


Chief Wilma Mankiller, First female Cherokee Nation Chief Dies at age 64

On behalf of the National Indian Education Association, it is with heartfelt sympathy that our condolences are extended to the family of former Chief Wilma Mankiller and the Cherokee Nation.

Chief Mankiller’s unwavering vision and compassionate leadership has been demonstrated many times as Native people strive to achieve self sufficiency.

Her legacy will continue to inspire the vision of NIEA as we work to advance Indian education in Indian country.

It is with pride Native children have culturally responsive books and materials in their classrooms and libraries with positive Native role models inspired by people such as Chief Mankiller.

We join Indian Country in the mourning of Chief Mankiller, truly a wonderful leader who inspired the world.

– Patricia L. Whitefoot, President of the National Indian Education Association.

Article submitted by http://www.NewsForNatives.com

Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday. She was 64.

The Oklahoma native served as chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1985 to 1995, and was the first female to do so, and in 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Chief Wilma MankillerMankiller spoke at OU in October at an American Indian symposium. She said Native American studies programs should partner with native communities to develop models that improve education, health, government and leadership among tribes.

“We need to chart a new course for the future,” Mankiller said. “Things have changed, so we need to change.”

Mankiller made a lasting mark on the state and the nation, OU President David Boren said.

“She helped all Americans understand the need to preserve the basic values of community and stewardship which are central to Native American culture,” Boren said by e-mail. “Above all, through her example she taught us the power of kindness and how to live and die with dignity.”

President Barack Obama said he was saddened to hear of her passing.

“Her legacy will continue to encourage and motivate all who carry on her work,” Obama said in a press release. “Michelle and I offer our condolences to Wilma’s family, especially her husband Charlie and two daughters, Gina and Felicia, as well as the Cherokee Nation and all those who knew her and were touched by her good works.”

Obama said Mankiller improved relations between American Indians and the federal government, and inspired American Indian girls to lead and speak out.


Reverend Philip C. “Father Allen”

The Reverend Philip C. “Father Allen”Allen age 75, of Mpls., died March 22, 2010. Father Allen, an Oglala Lakota, was born on March 18, 1935 at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He was educated in public schools while living in homes operated by the Episcopal Church, including Bishop Hare Boys’ Home in Mission, South Dakota. He graduated from Black Hills State College in 1959, and Yale Divinity School in 1962. He was conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1992 for work done to advance the cause of Native American ministries throughout and beyond the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota. He spent his ministry primarily in the Indian mission field, including the Dioceses of South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah and Navajoland. He served on numerous national committees for the Episcopal Church, including the National Executive Council and the Coalition for Human Needs Commission, through which he helped implement a new model for Indian ministries. He was instrumental in the discernment, formation and ordination of Native American priests throughout Indian country, including eleven priests in Minnesota. Preceded in death by wife, Helen; brother, Donald; parents, Martin & Blossom. Survived by children, Susan (Vivian), Joseph (Rebecca) and Martha; 6 grandchildren; 5 great- grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Service Saturday, March 27, 2010, 2:00 PM, Cathedral Church of St. Marks, 519 Oak Grove. Visitation Friday, 5:00 PM going all night at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3044 Longfellow Ave. Interment Monday, March 29th, 2:00 PM in Mission, SD. Memorials to grandchildren’s education fund.