Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community

“Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Dakota Culture for Future Generations”

The MMDTC is a tribal community, not yet federally recognized. We are a Tribal 501C3 org.

(It really helps our tribe)


is a Tribal 501C3 Org

Mendota Mdewakanton Newsletter


Dakota for Beginners, at the Pond House. Sunday January 18, 2 – 3 pm

You’re warmly invited to our next event at the Gideon Pond House:

Dakota for Beginners Sunday January 18, 2 – 3 pm
Learn to read and write everyday words and phrases in Dakota from native speaker and Dakota language teacher, Joe Bendickson. The Dakota alphabet was first written down by Gideon and Samuel Pond. Copies of 19th century Dakota documents will be on display along with information on Dakota language classes in the Twin Cities and website resources. Children can take home their own Dakota language activity and coloring book. This workshop is open to all ages. House tours at 1:30 and 3:30 pm

Programs and tours are free for all members of the Pond Dakota Heritage Society.  Starting in January 2009 there is a suggested donation of $2 for non-member adults for programs and tours of the Pond House. No donation will be asked for children or high school youth. Not yet a member of the Society?  It’s easy to join – membership forms are available at the Pond House, or we would be happy to send one to you via email or U.S. mail.

The Gideon and Agnes Pond House is located in Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th St., Bloomington, between Portland and Nicollet Aves.  For more information contact Mark Morrison at Bloomington Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8693, or after hours call Jay Ludwig at 952-484-0477, or visit, keyword “Pond House”.

Hope you can join us this Sunday!

Jay Ludwig

Pond Dakota Heritage Society