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 […]

Article from Indian County Today by Jenna Kunze Aug 4th 2021.

Jenna will do others article too. She may be at the Wacipi too. Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe to again seek federal recognition. Here is the live article: Pidamaya ye so much Jenna, so nice talking with you. Love Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community.

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 […]

Minnesota Governor Walz “can’t” stop line 3, by Susu Jeffrey

MINNESOTA GOVERNOR WALZ “CAN’T” STOP LINE 3, BY SUSU JEFFREY By Susu Jeffrey  Original to Rise Up Times  August 9, 2021 “I can’t stop Line 3,” Gov. Walz said on July 11, “because the next governor can start it again.” Governor Walz is already running to be the next governor and has never declared opposition […]

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 […]

Who Owns Coldwater? Photo Essay.

Check out the photo-essay “Who Owns Coldwater.” Coldwater is an acknowledged Dakota Tribal Sacred Site and Traditional Cultural Property.

Radio interview with Dan “The Oak Man” Keiser

Dan Keiser, The Oak Man by Brigitta Greene The Mendota Dakota tribal community honored arborist Dan Keiser [pictured] at their annual pow wow in September of 2019. Keiser goes by “Oak Man,” a nickname he acquired during the years-long standoff over the construction of Highway 55 in the late 90s. The protest pitted environmental activists and native communities against MnDOT. A central […]

CUI Notice Federal Register Publication – human remains from Iowa

Good afternoon, After conversation with George Garvin last week, I’d like to start making plans for reburial of the 138 individuals and 32 associated funerary objects in the attached Notice. As you know, the Ho-Chunk Nation has taken the lead in submitting a claim; I also received letters in support of this from the Otoe-Missouria, […]

The American Indian Religious Freedom Act 

Here’s a very interesting post concerning The American Indian Religious Freedom Act AIRFA  is a US federal law and a joint resolution of Congress that was passed in 1978. It was created to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and Native Hawaiians.  These rights include, but are […]

Benefit to send First Nation Youth & Elders to the Vatican to discuss Doctrine of Discovery.

Benefit to send First Nation Youth & Elders to the Vatican to discuss the historical and intergenerational trauma triggered by the Doctrine of Discovery. Youth are members of the Indigenous Youth Ceremonial Mentoring Society, a Guadalupe Alternative program in St. Paul, Minnesota coordinated by Mitch Walking Elk. Special Guests include Keith Secola and Joe Savage. With […]

Chris Mato Nunpa 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance VIDEO

Chris Mato Nunpa 500 Years of Indigenous Resistance from Bill Sorem on Vimeo. Chris Mato Nunpa, Ph.D. retired Associate Professor of Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minnesota. Mato Nunpa, a Dakota Elder, scholar and tireless advocate for indigenous rights, spoke on the 500 years of genocide of native peoples, killing […]

Wahkon, Rum River, Minnesota

This is an open Letter To County Commissioners Pondering Rum River Name-Change Effort written by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer. Mr. Dahlheimer requested that we post it. The views may or may not reflect that of the tribes. Dear County Commissioners of Anoka, Isanti, Sherbrune and Mille Lacs Counties. Greetings from the small town of Wahkon, Minnesota. […]

Mendota Dakota Community Center to be demolished for restaurant parking

The Mendota Dakota tribal group has been struggling to keep the community center it has in Mendota, but the group was recently given a 60-day notice to vacate the property. The old house is planned to be demolished to be turned into a parking lot for the restaurant next door. While the group still has […]

Lineal descendant lawsuit nearing a final ruling.

By Troy Krause, Editor Redwood Gazette Posted Jan 27, 2011 A lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of lineal descendants of an 1886 U.S. census is nearing its end. While rumors have called the suit dead, the reality is the case is alive and well. Redwood Falls native Erick Kaardal  represents approximately 7,000 of the […]

Mendota Dakota may lose center, News Article + photo

Mendota Dakota may lose center By NICOLE NORFLEET, Star Tribune September 4, 2010 The water at the two-story home of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community hasn’t been working for weeks. The garage door looks like a wrecking ball could have hit it. The wood foundation of the sweat lodge, which is supposed to serve as […]

Fire Talks at ColdWater 3-6-2010

First Nations United: To ensure the prosperity of the First Nation people and to bring about unification of all tribal nations through redefining our identity and connecting with our past! FIRE TALKS! Fire represents power, strength, life, and sustainability. First Nation people have used this life source in their ceremonies as a way of connecting […]

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe has settled its tax debt with the IRS.

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe has settled its tax debt with the Internal Revenue Service and lined up a loan that will enable it to buy back the 11 square miles of land the IRS sold at auction in December, the tribal chairman said. A stipulation filed in court last week indicates the tribe will […]


WOLFCHILD V. UNITED STATES (NO. 09-579); ZEPHIER V. U.S. (NO. 09-580) – On November 6, 2009, two groups of individuals who claim to be descendants of the “loyal” Mdewakanton Sioux filed petitions seeking review of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit which reversed the trial court’s finding of breach […]

Finding a new Native voice as an Independent -Obama

Written by Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2010 Native Sun News Sunday, 31 January 2010 12:29 February 1, 2010 Like millions of other Americans I watched the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama almost as a moth drawn to a flame. I saw something afoot that I haven’t read about in the […]