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.

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Mendota Dakota welcomes our Sami friends visiting from Northern Norway.

Mendota Dakota welcomes our Sami friends visiting from Northern Norway.

Please join us on
Tuesday Sept 9, at 6:30 pm
at MMDC
for a presentation of Sami Culture.

Our guests will give us a yoik (singing unique to their culture) performance, bring a traveling handicraft exhibition and talk about efforts made for Sami language revitalization, as well as share some of their own experiences.

Learn about this fascinating, ancient, and indigenous European Culture.

The evening will include a pot-luck dinner.
Please bring a dish to share if you can.
The Gaup’s are wonderful people. We meet Ante Mikkel Gaup the papa, Lena Susanne, Lars Ailu, and Sara Marielle, his  adult children. They yoiked for us, that was beautiful. Ante and Lars showed us they put up there lavvu, it is like our Teepees. They made handicrafts made out of reindeer bone, antler, leather, and other things found in the arctic nature.

Sept 16,08.
A week later we had a Inipi with Ante, and a few Saami that live in the area. The Inipi was so beautiful, there were 3 languages. Dakota, Sami, Mexica, but we all felt like ONE. We had a feast, talked, and we all left around 12:45 AM.