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Zoom Meeting Discussion Federal Recognition Press Release

Mendota Dakota Mdewakanton Tribal Community Discussion Federal Recognition Meeting Press Release

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Press Release 6/21/2021

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Thank you Greg Strandmark Historian and Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman.

I will add more names of people to thank, soon as I complete the list.

Love Sharon

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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IMPORTANT BIA UPDATE! To all members: call the office make sure your file is in order

To all current members in good standing, please call the office make sure your file is in order and complete. If you want you file to go to the BIA.

We are working on how we are going to send in the narrative when it is done. We want you to understand what the process  and when this will happen. Hope to have a meeting maybe at the DuPuis House outside? We will keep you informed.

Your tribal council

Sharon, John,Jason and Greg.

Please use Amazon Smile and Our Tribe Will Earn Donations!

Hello, everyone just a reminder to use Amazon Smile by using this link: www.mendotadakota.com/amazon
 
(If that link doesn’t work, here is the direct link:  https://www.linksmile.amazon.com/ch/41-1848659)
 
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 getting small donations from amazon for about 3 years now.
 
Thank you Judy and Greg S, for telling us about the donations thru Amazon. On Amazon there are charities amazon donates too.
 
If Amazon asks you which charity, please search for Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community.
 
When you’re on amazon we should see on the top left hand corner right under search. Supporting: Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community for your Charity that you have chosen.
 
Thank you all for helping us to get donations thru Amazon.
Happy Shopping!!
Mendota Tribal Council.
Love Sharon
Mendota Dakota Amazon Smile

Update about (Red Sky) Jimmy Anderson passing from a heart attack on 6-27-2019.

Here is an update about (Red Sky) Jimmy Anderson passing from a heart attack on 6-27-2019.

Please light a candle for Jim for 4 days.
A ceremonial fire will be lit Saturday 6/29 at 3:00pm and will run continuously until Wednesday July 3rd. The fire will be at St Peter Church. The fire will be started by Lawrence and Tommy. Lon will do a Pipe Ceremony. Please bring a dish to pass. There will also be an inipi (sweat) at 6pm on Saturday at the DuPuis House.

There is still no date for the funeral. I will post more details as I know more.

Remember his laugh, remember his humor, his compassion for others, smile when you think of him. I loved him so much and will miss him so much this is a devastating lose to our family.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, 952-219-0196. If you want to contact Linda, Patty, Kathy or Vicky go on facebook.

Love Sharon

Jim Anderson Jimmy Anderson Redsky Chief Mendota Dakota tribe dies

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

Download or print the flyer: FLYER Honoring Our Ancestors 2019

Honoring Our Ancestors Saturday Feb 9, 2019. We will meet even if it is very cold. Consider the people back in 1862 who were forced to walk with no food, warm clothes, and no real shelters. Many were woman and children, the sick and elderly. In Addison to the above, native people lost everything they knew and loved. EVERYTHING!

On December 26, 1862, the U.S. military lynched 38 of our Dakota patriots in the largest mass execution in United States History. On November 7, 1862, a group of about 1,700 Dakota, primarily women and children, were forcibly marched from the Lower Sioux Agency to a concentration camp at Fort Snelling.

Saturday February 9, 2019
We will light the sacred fire at 10:00 am by Robert Klanderud assisted by Tommy, Perry, and Lon. Ceremony is at 11:00 am.

Where
Fort Snelling State Park.
The park entrance is off Highway 5 at Post Road near the Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport.
Drive down into the park, go inside the building to get your free pass, which is this flyer, or print it now. Mendota will have flyers at the entrance building too. Thank You to the DNR for their help each year.

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck from 12:30ish to 3:00ish. Potluck or feast will be at the DuPuis House, also called the Sibley Site.

1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy Mendota, MN 55150 across from Lucky’s 13.

If you need more information, please call the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community office 651-452-4141. Dress warm, the ceremony is outside women should wear skirts pants underneath to keep warm. Please bring some tobacco. Please bring some doughnuts or rolls to share.

Steve will provide coffee from JS Bean Factory.
Pidamaya ye

Sponsored by the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Council and its members.

Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman Sharon Lennartson Chairwoman, John LeClaire Vice Chairman, Marlene Dixon Secretary / Treasurer, Perry Altendorfer Historian, Lon Navarre Member at Large.

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 have come across many stories that have been told. We still need more. If any of your information has changed please call the office to update. Very important that your membership is current. Your Tribal Council Sharon, John, Marlene, Perry, and Lon.

Important information & update from tribal leader Sharon Lennartson

Hau mitakuyapi. We understand that troubling information is circulating on Facebook concerning our tribal community. We wish to clarify.

We support the health and safety of vulnerable people, including women and children. We do not condone the abuse or keeping captive of another person. Our Tribal Chairwoman is respectful of all people and does not speak poorly of others.

We have spiritual leaders. Joseph Bester pours the water for the inipi. Emmett Eastman is the spiritual advisor for the wacipi.

Today our Tribal Council met. Actions have been taken.

We ask the Creator to help us to always walk in a good way with a good heart and do good things for all our relations.

Please contact the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Office if you have questions. Pidamaya.