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This month in Sept your ACH payments will come out late.

This month in Sept your ACH payments will come out late. Sept 5 is a Saturday so we always need to wait until the following Monday. Then we have the holiday weekend so that delays it again. Your payment will come out Tuesday Sept 8th. Thank you to all who pay through ACH, it helps alot. Thank you for your patience. Sharon & the tribal council.

Prayers, Drums and Dance Oyate Gathering at St Peters Church, Mendota MN 55150.

Prayers, Drums and Dance Oyate Gathering at St Peters Church, Mendota MN 55150.


For anyone who wants to join us in our community gathering on Sept 11-13-2020 in lieu of our 21st Traditional Wacipi – Pow Wow.


This will be a small gathering, with the sacred fire lite at 5:05 on Friday. Bob, Jim, Chris, Lenny, Windy and others will be watching over us. We need one or two drums, and some dancers. We do want to keep this small. There are no payouts. Just sing, dance, and spend quality time together on this sacred land. We will watch the eagles come when they hear the drums. It will be nice to visit, as we are always too busy during the Wacipi – Pow Wow.

We will be selling fry bread, Indian tacos, hot dogs, and walleye. Customers will be served behind plexiglass. There will be a drive-up option too. We will be following safe practices such as wearing masks and social distancing (6ft). This will be a fundraiser & MMDTC we will be celebrating our 25 year as a community.


We need volunteers to make food, make deliveries to cars, and other small jobs. Please call the tribal office in Mendota at 651-452-4141.


We are so sorry we could not have our Wacipi – Pow Wow it breaks our hearts.


If you are planning to volunteer, please bring your own chairs and setup 6 ft from each other.


We must do this it is in our hearts and soul and look back and reflect on our community and our Wacipi – Pow Wows.


Please do not come if you are sick.


Sponsored by MRAC & MMDTC.


Pidamaya Thank You.

Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman (Good Thunder Woman).

John LeClaire Tribal Vicechair.

Greg Strandmark Tribal Historian.

Jason Delmont Tribal Secretary.

The Reflected Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs 5/7/20

The Reflected Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Thursday, May 7, 2020

The moon is also reflected in Coldwater reservoir, gently moving as if breathing. For years I’ve thought of the full moon as the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, and that he could only paint it one night a month. You can see that if you tilt your head slightly.

The Chinese see a rabbit in the moon where we are supposed to see “the man in” there. When rain approaches there is a rainbow around the moon caused by a thin, very high cloud layer. It’s called a lunar halo.

See the source image

In daytime those rain forecasting clouds are called “mare’s tails,” wispy cloud lines running across the sky warning sailors to trim their sails for the coming storm.

The month of April includes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, and Arbor Day two days later.

Friends of Coldwater seek to honor this landscape ancestor. Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater Springs monthly since 2000. We return to remember the spirits that feed this Spring. Please bring a rattle.

Sunset 8:27 pm   (38 minutes later than the previous full moon)
Moonrise 8:59 pm   (1 hour, 31 minutes later than last month’s full moon)
Exact minute of full moon 5:45 am, another Super Moon

The year in daylight on full moon days:
  • May 18, 2019   14 hours, 57 minutes daylight, 1 hour, 16 minute daylight gain
  • June 17th  15 hours, 35 minutes daylight, 38 minute daylight gain – No wonder the kids won’t go to bed!
  • July 16th   15 hours, 13 minutes daylight, 22 minute daylight loss
  • August 15th  14 hours, 13 minutes, 1 hour daylight loss
  • September 13th  12 hours, 33 minutes, 1 hour, 50 minute daylight loss
  • NOTE: Wednesday, 9/25 we experience 12 hours of daylight & nighttime here.
  • October 13th  11 hours, 6 minutes, 1 hour, 27 minute daylight loss
  • November 12th   9 hours, 40 minutes, 1 hour, 26 minute daylight loss
  • December 11th   8 hours, 52 minutes, 28 minute daylight loss
  • January 10, 2020   9 hours, 1 minute, 9 minute daylight gain
  • February 9th  10 hours, 9 minute daylight gain
  • March 9th   11 hours, 33 minute, 1 hour, 24 minute daylight gain
  • April 7th   13 hours, 7 minute, 53 minute daylight gain
  • May 7th   14 hours, 31 minute daylight gain
Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down on the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.
Gather at the park entrance.All welcome. Dress for the weather, especially sturdy footwear. We celebrate the full moon in all-weather however the length of the walk depends on conditions. If it’s really cold or wet it’s a quick 10-minutes to the spring outflow gurgling from under the limestone bedrock Spring House built in the 1880s to supply potable water to Fort Snelling.
This gathering is free and open to the public.

#FullMoonWalk #FullMoon #ColdwaterSprings #MinneapolisNature

Our Way Or The Highway: Inside The Minnehaha Free State

Our Way Or The Highway: Inside The Minnehaha Free State

(Ecology) (Paperback)


by Mary Losure (Author)

Mary has other books on Amazon.

Mendota and others to fight to save the trees and houses.

Mendota is in this book Jimmy Anderson is in this book.

Please read if u want, you can get a used one at Amazon.

Go to Amazon Smile if you want to join.

This is thru Amazon, but if you’re not under Amazon Smile Mendota will not get a donation.

Each time you order from Amazon Smile 3% of your order goes to Mendota

as a donation.

We get a check every 3 months, it all helps.

Look under Charity upper left corner on Amazon there is a drop down pick Mendota.

Pick Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community.

Please ask everyone you know to consider joining us.


Mendota Tribal Council.

There is another book call Listen by Elli? also about Highway 55 & Mendota.

Love Sharon

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