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Prayers, Drums and Dance Oyate Gathering at St Peters Church Sept 11-13-2020.

I know this is long please read. Come join us over the weekend. We need help setting up today, if anyone wants to help. After 11:00am, come down to the church. Lunch will be provided. If it takes all day dinner will be provided. This is the last post, thanks for all your support. Love Sharon
Prayers, Drums and Dance Oyate Gathering at St Peters Church, 1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy Mendota MN 55150.
Any one who wants to join us in our community gathering on Sept 11-13-2020 in lieu of our 21st Traditional Pow Wow.
Hours Friday 3pm – 9pm. Saturday 11am – 9:00pm Sunday 11am -6:00pm.
Mendota would like to say thank you to St Peters Church for graciously letting us use the pow wow grounds again, as they have for 21 years.
Thank you to Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for helping us fund this gathering.
Thank You to Tommy Tomahawk and Jason Hop will oversee setup and take down and volunteers and for setting up on Sept 8 – 14.
Thank you to Jyni from Volunteers of American for helping us with volunteers.
Thank you to all our volunteers in advance.
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, feast to follow, please bring a dish to pass. We need drums, 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 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. Mendota will be celebrating our 25 years as a community we will have a cake. Mendota is also celebrating 130 year as an existence community in Mendota.
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 need help with Friday and Sunday feast, please bring a dish to pass for both feasts if you can.
We are so sorry we could not have our Pow Wow it breaks our hearts.
Please bring your own chairs and setup 6 ft from each other.
We must do this it is in our hearts and souls and to look back and reflect on our community and our Pow Wows and meet with really good people.
Please do not come if you are sick. We will be using a non-touch temperature for the safety of others. If you have a temperature sorry, but you can not be part of this event.
Mari Avzloz with the Aztec Dancers Kalpulli Huitzillin will dance and ceremony Saturday around 5:00pm.
For every button sold, there will be free Jewelry to pick each day until the 60 pieces are gone. Saturday 60 pieces Sunday 60 pieces So 120 people can get a gift while supplies last each day. Donated by Sharon Lennartson tribal chairwoman.
There will be other jewelry at the raffle booth for sale.
We could use gift cards from any stores.
We need pop and water donations.
Sisters of the Camelot will help with the feast they bring organic food, please bring a dish to pass.
There will be a raffle every couple hours Sat & Sun only.
We will honor some people who have gone to the spirit world in this last year.
Sponsored by MRAC & MMDTC.
Pidamaya Thank You.
Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman (Good Thunder Woman).
John LeClaire Tribal Vice Chair.
Greg Strandmark Tribal Historian.
Jason Delmont Tribal Secretary.
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