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Welcome Honorary Membership.



HONORARY APPLICATION FEB 2020                                                                                 04-20-2020.

Prospective Honorary Members:


This application is for people who would like to be part of a Native American Community.


We are your local Native American Community. Our roots go back hundreds of years in this area.


If you would like to be part of our Mendota Community, please fill out the application.


We would love to have you join us.


We have our monthly meetings at the DuPuis House.


Many of us are related to Angelique Renville and Hypolite DuPuis. LeClaire, Felix,

Renville, Fernier, Campbell, Turpin, LeMay, Auge, LaBatte, Robinette,

Newcomb, Perron, DuPuis, Cermak, Leith, Sherry, LaCroix, Frazier,

Faribault, Crooks, DuFour, Coursolle.


Some of us are cousin to Chief Little Crow from the 1862 Sioux Uprising.


Pidamaya means thanks you Dakota, (Thank You) English.


The Mendota Tribal Council and The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community Members.


Our 21st (Wacipi) Dakota, (Pow Wow) in English is Sept 11-13-20 at St. Peters Church, in Mendota.




Sharon Lennartson: Tribal Chairwoman

John Leclaire: Vice Chairman

Joe Lennartson: Assisted Treasurer

Jason Delmont: Secretary

Greg Standmark: Historian







Hello everyone the Mendota office is closed in Mendota, do to the coronavirus.

Hello everyone the Mendota office is closed in Mendota do to the coronavirus.

All Business / Tribal affairs will continue as normal.

The tribal council is working from home. Please get survey and consent form email to me.

Please get caught up on your contributions.

If you have any question or concerns please email us.

We are working on Federal Recognition, membership, applications, dues, donations, surveys, mail, finances, paypal, bylaws & constitution, grants, etc business as usual.

Please contact Sharon Lennartson  mendotadakota@gmail.com

If you need to contact someone else on the council go to our website under contacts their emails are there.

I’am still doing an agenda to keep members and others updated on what going on with the community.

I will send out the agenda later in the month. You should all have received your newsletter, the newsletter is on our website www.mendotadakota.com

Mendota is a ghost town.

Pidamaya Love Sharon

I sure hope we are back to normal by our Pow Wow Sept 11-13-20.

Our Traditional Wacipi / Pow Wow grant has been submitted.
I sure hope we are back to normal by Sept 11-13-20.
Mendota will also be celebrating 25 years as a community as soon as can around June or July.
Our fundraiser may be the sometime as our 25 year celebration.
If your bored like me, please check out our little Pow Wows on u tube, my favorite is 2007.
They are on our website too www.mendotadakota.com
I was watching the Pine Ridge Pow Wow and others, it took my breath away to see so many dancers how many there were and how beautiful. There are hundreds of dancers, someday I would like to see Mendota that big.
For now, we are a small Traditional Wacipi / Pow Wow.
Missing so many who have gone in the spirit world, always good to see them dancing, we will always remember them. They are always dancing with us any time we dance.
More information on the Mendota Pow Wow as the months go by.
Stay safe and healthy!!!!
Love Sharon

Dave will light the sacred fire today 5:05 at St Peters Church for 4 days starting on 3-31-20.020.

UPDATE, April 1st we need cut wood, if you can bring some to St Peters Church in Mendota call Dave at 612-743-3250.
March 31, Dave plans to light the fire at 5:05pm today at St Peters Church in Mendota.
Kindly remind people to keep social distancing if they come to the fire to pray or to bring offerings of tobacco or other offerings.
David suggests all community pipe carriers should load their pipes with tobacco and prayers, sage plug it for 4 days, bring it to the fire or keep it at your home. On Saturday at 5:05pm we will smoke our pipes at the same time.
Lon will send the Community Pipe to the altar at the fire with David.