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What is a Mendota Members Responsibility’s 2020.

 

What is a Mendota Members Responsibility’s 2020.

Who wants to learn the language, culture, go to sweats, support Sundance, etc.

Who cares that the Mendota Community is successful and will be forever!

Who contribution or their dues to help maintain our office in Mendota.

Who can donate their time at the office from time to time.

Who comes to our voting membership meeting once a month, or at least 4 times a year, with the exceptions of members out of town.

Who helps at different events like holiday party and toy drive, honoring our ancestors, etc.

Who helps at our Wacipi- Pow Wow for one or two days.

These are small responsibility as a member, the tribal council is not asking too much.

Remember the BIA will be looking at the sign in sheets.

That is what a Mendota Members is, spending time with other members, respecting each other being a community.

 

Pidamaya

 

Your Tribal Council, Sharon Lennartson, John LeClaire and Greg Strandmark, Jason Delmont, Joseph Lennartson.

Inductee into the Honoring 90 SSP Women Leaders is Therese Cosgrove

Today’s inductee into the Honoring 90 SSP Women Leaders is
Therese Cosgrove – Actress, producer, director and camera operator.
Anyone who has ever attended a South St. Paul City Council meeting or been in the audience at dozens of other civic and local events, will recognize Therese Cosgrove as the camera operator filming the proceedings for Town Square Television and Northern Dakota County Cable TV. Therese has been working with the local cable outlet for the past thirty-plus years but she has also been active in many other local organizations and activities.
Therese grew up in South St. Paul but graduated from Lindstrom-Center City, Minnesota, high school in June 1954, after her mother died and Therese went to Lindstrom. She returned to South St. Paul after high school and started working at Stockyards National Bank in the auditing department. She remembers that she was paid $25.00 for a forty-hour work week. Each morning, Therese and one of the officers would take their keys to the outside of the building where there was a vault for night deposits and together they would bring the receipts in to be tallied. Therese was also responsible for helping people with their safety deposit boxes. The client would show up with their key and Therese would match it with her key and would take the people into the huge vault where the boxes were kept. At close of business each day, Therese and a bank officer would close the vault and lock it, each with their own keys.
In addition to working at the bank, Therese auditioned for the St. Paul Civic Opera and was accepted. She sang with the opera for five years while also participating in the Father Messiah’s Gregorian Choir, which performed on the old St. Paul Theater stage. The songs were all in Latin and Therese recalls that they were very long. She shared that she wore a long gown and high heels for the formal presentation. Not being accustomed to wearing heels she slipped her feet out of her shoes but when intermission came, she couldn’t find her shoes and had to make her formal exit in bare feet.
In 1956, Therese began working at the Golden Rule department store decorating the store windows and giving fashion shows. She had the run of every department and loved to walk the store, gathering merchandise to display in the windows. The clothes had to be taken to the sewing and pressing department and then Therese would take them to the display area. She recalled one day when she and others were working inside the big glass windows, several fire trucks came down the street and traffic came to a halt behind the vehicles that were stopped at the stop sign but the fire truck kept going through the traffic while door handles and mirrors started flying through the air.
Two years after her stint at the Golden Rule, Therese became a flight attendant with North Central Airlines until marrying John Cosgrove and having five children, all raised in South St. Paul. When the children were older, the man who actually had trained Therese at North Central recommended her for a position at Shamrock Airlines, private charter service.
Many stories of the trips she took are recalled fondly by Therese. A lot of the flights included taking college teams all over the states and Therese was allowed to bring her children along if there were empty seats. On one flight, the right wing caught fire and Therese had her two youngest children, Jane and Dave, on that flight with her. The story was written up in the Associated Press for Theresa’s success in getting everyone off the flight in a calm, safe way.
Therese also took a suitcase full of clothing and other items to give to the Native Americans who would come to meet the plane when they knew Therese was on board. One little girl came out wearing an outfit that had been worn by Therese’s daughter Elizabeth and Liz was very proud to see that the girl liked the clothing so much. Throughout all these working adventures, Therese continued to sing and appeared in ads for the Golden Rule. One of her greatest honors was being asked to carry the Olympic torch through part of South St. Paul for the 1989 Summer Olympics.
Therese’s work in television began in the mid-eighties and over the years she produced 298 “TC Showcase” programs for NDC4 Cable Commission. One of the shows was chosen for an award by Access America’s television show. Therese’s program was judged on Fred Willard’s show as the best local TV show and Therese won a huge television set as an award from Hometown America.
She also received a phone call from Canal Plus, a TV station in France asking her to send them some tapes of her shows. At first she thought it was some kind of hoax but sure enough, it was real and they asked her to submit twenty of her shows for rebroadcast on French TV.
Therese has also produced and directed local cable shows including Do you Know? Nature’s Way, and has covered events such as the River Ramble, Ethnic Heirlooms, On the Road Again and filmed live Halloween specials.
In addition to her local work, Therese has appeared in over 15 movies, including Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men as well as Drop Dead Fred. One of Therese’s favorite times was working with actress Olympia Dukakis in the movie Lucky Day and she recalled recently that she met Sophia Loren who brought her own spices, pots and pans and cooked a spaghetti dinner for the entire crew on the set. Therese has played a dinner guest, wedding guest, hospital patient, professor, picketer, shopper, a pedestrian, a tourist, and a bar patron. She has also appeared in print ads for several major retailers including Best Buy and has done voiceovers for several programs as well as working as a makeup artist, model, and set designer.
Therese is an avid gardener and the entire front slope of her home is covered with huge hydrangea bushes that bloom in spectacular fashion in season.
When asked what her advice was for young women today, she said, “Be positive. Trust in God. Go for it and don’t think about failure.”
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We are not having our Christmas & Toy Drive this year because of Covid.

Hello all members we are not having our Christmas Party. We will have a Toy Drive. The DuPuis House is still closed and will be until some time in 2021?

Even if we don’t get together, we are still a community and always will be no matter what happens. Stay strong be Dakota.

I have asked members if they would come, to any events, the majority said they would not come because of Covid.

Looks like Covid is spreading again scary times.

Stay safe, hope to see you next year.

We will continue to sent out monthly agendas and our finance’s to keep everyone in the loop.

We must maintain an office in Mendota.

We have had an office in Mendota for 26 years.

Been a community in Mendota for 130 plus years.

Thank you all for being a members.

Your Tribal Council

Sharon Lennartson Tribal –  Chairwoman

John LeClaire –  Vice Chair

Acting Greg Standmark –  Historian

Acting Joe Lennartson –  Treasurer

Acting Jason Delmont –  Secretary

Students may be calling you with a few questions.

This is an Example story. If your story is to long for you to write, like this one LOL, then just talk to the students when they call you with a few questions. We are only interviewing about 30 people. We only have until Dec for the student to complete for their grade.

Albert & Lilly LaClaire (LeClaire) had a farm at Prior Lake Indian Community in the early 1920 until 1942 when Albert died. Albert LeClaire birthday is May 12, 1885.

Lillian Felix LeClaire birthday is Sept 6, 1881 both born in Mendota MN.

We have the records of Albert & Lilly animals, the contract they signed, and what lots they had.

Clearly the oldest place on the Shakopee Reservation is Albert & Lilly’s LaClaire’s land and it is over 100 years old.

Albert used the name LaClaire, and LeClaire.

He was in a car accident on the Prior Lake Reservation. A cousin of Alberts was driving the car, they were all hurt but grandfather was hurt the most, they were all related. Looking for that article in a newspaper in the Prior Lake area in 1942.

No hospital would take him because he was Indian. He went to Pipestone Indian Hospital where he died a month later of a broken back. He suffered because Pipestone hospital did not have the right equipment or doctors for his injuries, all because of the color of his skin.

Lilly, grandmother was at least admitted in a Hospital in St Paul. The hospital would not take care of her, Lilly children had to take care of her, I get so mad when I heard what grandmother and grandfather went through.

I would like to find old hospital records for Albert in Pipestone and Lilly at a St Paul Hospital.

The Brewers were on that land for years after Albert died about 40 years.

I guess there were a few other families on that land, before the Brewer farmed it.

Everyone said grandfather died of a broken heart after Lilly died in 1940.

The LeClaire Felix family has never been credited or acknowledged for that house or shack, I feel it is time.

Shakopee used to have a video of the house in the Shakopee hotel’s rooms, I see they do not play that anymore.

I have tried for many years to get this resolved in a good and respectful way with no replies from the Shakopee tribe ever.

It should be easy to find your old property lots from the 1900’s.

I was sent a page in a land book on Prior Lake land.

I have seen documents of the land that grandfather farmed in a book that Susan Totenhagen showed us back in 1994 when she was doing enrollment.

When Susan realized that was her family farm now, she called her father and we all went to see my grandfather and grandmother’s old family house.

Beverly Scott my sister and I had felt grandmother and grandfather, we both stared to cry with sorrow as to what they went thru on the re

Shakopee put an ad in the paper looking for descendants back in 1994?

We went out there to apply for membership. Norman Crook, my mother Selisha Felix LeClaire’s first cousin told us we would get in, but that never happened. We are related to the Campbells and many others at Shakopee. We got a letter saying that we did not qualify to become a member.

I still have that letter, if you would like to see it, it was signed by Anita Campbell.

My mother Selisha LeClaire wanted to find the farmhouse where she lived and went to school, we could never find the house.

Grandfather lived in poverty with no water, electricity, they all lived in shacks back then.

Abraham Robinette, grandfather’s cousin, also lived there next to grandfather’s farm.

Also do you have documents of who attended the old red school house in 1900 – 1920?

Looking for records of the Little Red School House in Prior Lake in the late 1900.

My mother Selisha and her 4 siblings, Albert Jr, Ray, Selisha, Margaret, and Russell LeClaire.  went to school at the old little red school.

Until Lilly got land in Mendota, grandmother was tired of how her family was treated by the whites.

We are related to Chief Cetanwakanmani, Taoyatwduta from the 1862 uprising, Agathe Winona Red Woman Angelique DuPuis Renville, Mazasnawin Iron Woman Rosalie Freniere. I have documentation on everything I have talked about.

 The Descendants of our families have been in Mendota for 130 years, all Dakotas for thousands of years.

Thank You for your time, I hope you can give me a few answers that I and my family have been seeking or point me the right person.

Felix, LeClaire, Renville, DuPuis, Fernier,Turpin, Bellecourt, Robinette, Campbell, LaCroix, LaBatte

Newcomb, Perron, Lemay,

Leith, Sherry, Auge,

Faribault, Cermak, Crooks, DuFour.

Many of these families, not all are descendants of Chief Cetanwakanmani, or Chief Wabasha.

Many of these names are spell different ways.

Like LeClaire, LaClaire, Le Cleur, etc.

Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community.

Mitakuye Owasin (We Are All Related)

Wakiya Waste Win ( Good Thunder Woman )

Sharon Lennartson 651-452-4141 Tribal Office.

Website: Mendotadakota.com

Email: mendotadakota@gmail.com

Sharon Lennartson and the Faribault Dakota Project

Jeff Jarvis Faribault Dakota Project Mendota Dakota Sharon Lennartson Mdewakanton

Sharon Lennartson, tribal headwoman of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community, exploded with joy when she learned of the Faribault Dakota Project in the works.

“I yelled and screamed to my boys, “Somebody’s finally going to listen,’” Lennartson recalls. I wanted every bit to be a part of it.”

In partnership with the Faribault Heritage Preservation Commission, Rice County Historical Society, Faribault Mural Society and Santee Sioux Nation, the Mendota Dakota Community will offer historical insight to a project that will honor the Dakotas’ impact on Faribault’s early years.

Jeff Jarvis, a Faribault artist, designer and historian, connected with Lennartson after taking the lead on the project.

The idea for the memorial began several months ago when the commission became aware of a hand-drawn map that illustrated where Native Americans had lived on city namesake Alexander Faribault’s property after the Dakota Uprising. Faribault and Bishop Henry Whipple both wanted to protect the Dakota, who had helped Minnesota settlers during the U.S.-Dakota War, from being banished from the state.

Although the HPC initially envisioned land near the River Bend Nature Center as the location for the Faribault Dakota memorial, the new options include Peace Park, the Buckham Memorial Library Plaza and Heritage Park. The project is expected to begin in 2021.

Jarvis plans to combine written word, artwork and photography to depict the story of the Faribault Dakota on a three-panel interpretive sign. The panels will provide backstory of the Faribault Dakota community, including a history of the Wahpekute, partnerships that supported Native Americans in Faribault, maps, timelines, photos of tribe leader and Dakota verbiage with English translations.

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Sharon Lennartson, tribal headwoman of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community, exploded with joy when she learned of the Faribault Dakota Project in the works.

“I yelled and screamed to my boys, “Somebody’s finally going to listen,’” Lennartson recalls. I wanted every bit to be a part of it.”

In partnership with the Faribault Heritage Preservation Commission, Rice County Historical Society, Faribault Mural Society and Santee Sioux Nation, the Mendota Dakota Community will offer historical insight to a project that will honor the Dakotas’ impact on Faribault’s early years.

Jeff Jarvis, a Faribault artist, designer and historian, connected with Lennartson after taking the lead on the project.

The idea for the memorial began several months ago when the commission became aware of a hand-drawn map that illustrated where Native Americans had lived on city namesake Alexander Faribault’s property after the Dakota Uprising. Faribault and Bishop Henry Whipple both wanted to protect the Dakota, who had helped Minnesota settlers during the U.S.-Dakota War, from being banished from the state.

Although the HPC initially envisioned land near the River Bend Nature Center as the location for the Faribault Dakota memorial, the new options include Peace Park, the Buckham Memorial Library Plaza and Heritage Park. The project is expected to begin in 2021.

Jarvis plans to combine written word, artwork and photography to depict the story of the Faribault Dakota on a three-panel interpretive sign. The panels will provide backstory of the Faribault Dakota community, including a history of the Wahpekute, partnerships that supported Native Americans in Faribault, maps, timelines, photos of tribe leader and Dakota verbiage with English translations.

“That was the first time any of us at the office had seen [the map],” Lennartson said.

One of the houses on the map is labeled “LeClair,” which could refer to Lennartson’s great-grandfather, Wakon LeClair, who was Alexander Faribault’s helper. Lennartson explained “Wakon” means “holy,” and her great-grandfather was a medicine man or spiritual advisor. Her family tree also contains Faribaults and a common ancestor with Chief Little Crow, acclaimed leader of the Mdewakanton from 1846 to 1863.

Thinking about the project and what it means to have her people recognized, Lennartson recalls the tragic stories of her late grandparents, Lily and Albert LeClair. Her grandmother died at her Mendota home after the medical staff at a hospital failed to take proper care of her, and her grandfather, who broke his back in a car accident on the reservation, was turned away by another hospital because he was a Native American. He suffered for months because the hospital that did take him in didn’t have the proper medical equipment to treat his broken back, and Lennartson said he “died of a broken heart.”

Lennartson herself was not raised Native, but she and other Mdewakanton descendants started the Mendota Dakota Community nearly 25 years ago to return to their roots. Other members of the tribal council will have opportunities to share their input for the Faribault Dakota Project, and so will members of the Santee Sioux Nation and Lower Sioux Agency.

The Mendota Dakota people have been in Minnesota for thousands of years, Lennartson said, and Dakota ancestors and descendants have been in Mendota for over 130 years. She and the others in the Mendota Dakota community are related to Chief Cetanwakanmani, Chief Taoyatwduta from the 1862 war, and Chief Wabasha as well as Agathe Winona Red Woman Angelique DuPuis Renville and Mazasnawin Iron Woman Rosalie Freniere. Some of their ancestors are from Little Crow’s village, Kaposia.

“This is about as happy as I’ve ever been,” Lennartson said of the announcement of the Faribault Dakota Project. “It’s time … Just to know that different families are recognized and not forgotten — they’ll never be forgotten.”

This story written by MISTY SCHWAB misty.schwab@apgsomn.com

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