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Dakota Conference was very interesting.

Listening to Ray Owens and others was really sad to hear their  feeling about our people, I share those feeling. So much has happen to our people and it is still going on. I did not get there as much as I wanted, but when I was there, I enjoyed it. Pidamaya to Alameda Rocha, Lisa Yankton and everyone who made the conference happen. There is a rope that the MHS has, of someone who was hang at Mankato in 1863. THAT rope needs to go to his family and buried.  I can not say anymore about that for now. Dan and Nick were at the conference too they are on our Mendota tribal council. If Dan or Nick want to share what they feel about the conference, they can write to  me and I will add it to the website.


The Dakota Language Intergenerational Family Immersion Camp.

Subject: Dakota Language Fall Family Immersion Camps

Hau Mitakuyepi!

The Dakota Language Intergenerational Family Immersion Camp is proud to announce its first language learning opportunity for the year. We are now accepting registration for Ptanyetu Oeti (Fall Camp), held on October 14 – 16 at The Forest-Marine on St. Croix just north of Stillwater, Minnesota. The immersion camps are offered for families and individuals interested in speaking the Dakota language. Participants will have the chance to experience the language through: games, traditional arts, storytelling, harvesting food, cooking and eating and songs. Registration will fill soon; we ask applications be completed as soon as possible.

To register by phone or email, contact our staff at: 1-800-222-4750, ext. 4718 or clv@cord.edu, and ask for space in the Dakota Language Program. Online forms may be found at: http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/newsite/Programs/Families/Weekends/dakota.php.

Later in the year, two more immersion camps will take place on:

Waniyetu Oeti (Winter Camp) February 10 – 12

If you have any questions about the program please contact us at dakotaiapi@hotmail.com or clv@cord.edu

Iyuskinyan Waunniyankapte( We look forward to seeing you)!

Pilot Knob

Historic Pilot Knob chosen to compete for 2011 Partners in Preservation funding
One of 25 sites selected, Pilot Knob needs your vote
A popular Greening project, Historic Pilot Knob in Mendota Heights, has been chosen to compete for historic preservation funding from American Express.

Vote every day until October 12 at


Pilot Knob is significant to the Dakota people and the State of Minnesota, a sacred place for ceremonies named centuries ago as Oheyawahi, “a hill much visited.” The Treaty of 1851 was signed on Pilot Knob, where today Greening, Mendota Heights, and volunteers are restoring 25 acres to their full beauty as seen 200 years ago. Historical signs and artwork featuring a council ring and medicine wheel are also on the site.

Your support is needed – please vote every day for Historic Pilot Knob from September 20 to October 12 at


You must log on to facebook to vote. For further instructions, download the attached voting guide.

This grant would serve to remove/bury the utility lines which currently cut the site in half.  Funding would also be used to advance the ecological restoration.

Your vote could help thousands of school children learn more about this important piece of cultural and natural history.

For more information on Great River Greening visit www.greatrivergreening.org

Major operating support for

Great River Greening is provided by the McKnight Foundation


Our Mission

Great River Greening leads and inspires

community-based restoration

of our prairies, forests, and waters.

For more information about Great River Greening, visit our website www.greatrivergreening.org.

Another Successful Wacipi in 2011!

To see the dancers out there dancing again makes my heart beat to the drums. The drums are the heart of the Wacipi.

We had more friends of Mendota helping us again than our own members?

I got ill again for a while on Saturday, after about 4 hours I was helping again. I cannot help it; I love the Wacipi, the drums, dancer, vendors, and all the people that come to our Wacipi.

Pidamaya for all the kind words that people told me about how they enjoyed the Wacipi, was worth all the months of working on the Wacipi day and night for many HOURS.

We had a great feast pidamaya to Cherokee Park Church, and the many others who brought food to share.

If you drive by St. Peters Church this week, you would never have known there was a Wacipi there just a few days ago. Pidamaya to Security for a great job again. I want say pidamaya the Wacipi committee for all their hard work. Pidamaya to all the volunteers, to everyone who made this 2011 Wacipi successful.

Pidamaya to St Peter’s Church for always helping us for 12 wonderful years.

The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Council.

Love Sharon

Donations for our 12th Wacipi 2011.

Xcel Energy

White Earth Reservation

PCL Construction

Iron Workers Local 512

Sibley House Historic Site

Wally Ripplinger

John Varone

Jonathon Associations

Cheney Carpet Distributors

Ann Bancroft and Pam Arnold

Dick Bancroft

Lon & Joy Navarre

Mille Lac Ojibwe

Lee’s Education

Greg’s Barber Shop

Lucky 13

Carl Dahn

Coke Cola

Lorena Weaver

Burger King in Bloomington on 98 ST

Burger King on Hiawatha in Mpls

Carbones Pizza in Bloomington

American Foods

Buffalo Meat Inc

Starbucks Coffee