Winter 2022 Newsletter is available!

The Winter 2022 edition of our newsletter is complete and can be viewed, printed, downloaded here: Do you have any news, stories, photos, suggestions you’d like in the next newsletter? Send us a message!  

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

Mendota Dakota Mdewakanton Tribal Community Discussion Federal Recognition Meeting Press Release

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 Your […]

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 […]

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 […]

Please use Amazon Smile and Our Tribe Will Earn Donations!

Hello, everyone just a reminder to use Amazon Smile by using this link: (If that link doesn’t work, here is the direct link: 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 […]

VIDEO: Mendota Mdewakanton Wacipi POW WOW Grand Entry

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

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 […]

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 […]

MMDTC 2018 Winter Newsletter

Hot off the presses, and perhaps a bit late, here’s the 2018 Winter edition Mendota Dakota Tribal Community Newsletter. Find it and all our other newsletters at

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

  LANGUAGE CLASS & CULTURE CLASS IS ON HOLD FOR NOW, WE HOPE TO HAVE CLASS AGAIN IN MAY? 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 […]

Voting Membership Meeting.

Tuesday January 25, 2011 at 7:00pm. We have lots to talk about. Please check out our website, I have put some very interesting articles on the website. Your Tribal Council. Sharon

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 […]

Becky Wiggins is selling some of her jewelry.

Birch Bark Book Store and the Minnesota Historical Society’s Gift Shop are selling my handmade beaded jewelry.  Including earrings, men’s and women’s necklaces, bracelets and pins.  Stop in either location.  Pidamaya.  Becky Wiggins

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]