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Rest in peace my dear uncle Russell F. LaClaire died November 29, 2017.

Russell F. LaClaire

LaClaire, Russell F. Age 95 of Mendota passed away November 29, 2017. WWII Veteran. Preceded in death by wife Pauline; parents Albert and Lillian; siblings Albert, Raymond and Selisha. Survived by sister Margaret; children Bruce (Carol), Curt (Sandy), Vicki (Peter) Eckman, Doug (Linda), Susan Foty, Renee Foss, Dennis (Karyn); 25 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren. Visitation 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, December 8 at Washburn-McReavy Northeast Chapel, 2901 Johnson St. N.E. Memorial service 11:00 AM Saturday, December 9 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 100 Silver Lake Road N.W., New Brighton. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Washburn-McReavy.com Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828

Here are some of our events or meetings in May, 2017.

Voting membership meeting Thursday May 25, results of the elections and celebration Mendota will have cake and coffee.  7 – 9:00pm.

Wednesday, May 3 (presentation) 7-9 pm. DONE

Wednesday, May 10 (language class) 6-8 pm TOMORROW NIGHT. DONE


Wednesday, May 17 (presentation) 7-9 pm JOESPH BESTER. DONE

Wednesday, May 24 (language class) 6-8 pm CANCELLED UNTIL AFTER THE HOLIDAYS.



The Mendota Tribal Council


Rebuilding our Inipi Saturday April 22, Inipi on Sunday around 2:30 on April 23, 2017.

The Inipi needs to be rebuilt on Saturday April 22, be at the Inipi at the DuPuis House at 7:30am to help get willows. Down at Fort Snelling Park you can get in free just tell them you are with the people to get willows tell them Kelly approved us to get the willows. Then back to the DuPuis House to start building the Inipi. We need trucks to help get willows. If you can’t help with willows then be at the DuPuis House by 10:30am. Please bring something to share for our lunch. Lunch will be around 11:30 to 12:00 depends when everyone gets there. For the woman helping can you email me if you can help build the Inipi. Dakota woman build the Inipis. Just want to know  how many woman will be there to help?

On April 23 be at the DuPuis House by 10:30am. Inipi around 2:30 feast after the Inipi. Please bring a dish to share.  We can use the DuPuis House on Sunday. Call Joseph Bester if you have any questions 651-302-1327, or Lawrence 612-419-3732

Mendota Tribal Council

Office 651-452-4141.


Mendota History will be at the DuPuis House sometime in late June, 2017.

Our Mendota History will be at the DuPuis House in Mendota MN.

MNHS is co-sponsoring our Dakota History of the Mendota Community.

We are meeting every Friday night from 6-8pm.

If you want pictures or a documents at our event get them in by April 15th.

Please send to mendotadakota@gmail.com. Sharon

Leventhal, Larry a prominent Twin Cities civil rights attorney, died Jan. 17, 2017,

Larry Leventhal

Leventhal, Larry a prominent Twin Cities civil rights attorney, died Jan. 17, 2017, after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Larry was born 4/28/41 in Mpls to Sally and Robert “Ruby” Leventhal. He is predeceased by his parents and his beloved daughter, DeGalynn Wade Sanders, who died in 2016. Larry is survived by son-in-law, Lance Sanders; beloved grandsons, Landen & Logan Sanders; sister and brother-in-law, Paula and Bob Maisel; nieces, Lisa (Paul) Gendler, Julie Maisel, and Debbie (Dan) Levin; grandnieces and grandnephews, Joely, Parker, Elliott, and Sara; and a host of wonderfully supportive cousins. Also mourning Larry’s loss is his longtime devoted and loving significant other, Vicki Schraber. Larry’s distinguished legal career spanned 50 years during which he was known for his legal talents, ethical standards, tenacity, and his compassion for others. He fought hard for his clients until recent months when he fought valiantly for his own life. He was one of the country’s experts on Indian treaty law which he used in support of the defendants of Wounded Knee, the restoration of tribal sovereignty for the Delaware Indians and the many other struggles of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Larry led a full life beyond his professional career. He was an avid reader and Vice Sheik of the local Laurel and Hardy Club. He was a collector of memorabilia and art relating to Laurel and Hardy, other noteworthy entertainers and to Walt Disney. Larry co-owned and ran a 100 acre campground where he spent summer weekends tending to his garden and hosting family and his many friends. The family wishes to thank the staffs of HCMC and Sholom Home West for their skilled and loving care during Larry’s last journey. Funeral service FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 11:00AM, TEMPLE ISRAEL, 2323 Fremont Ave. S., Mpls. Memorials are appreciated and can be sent to Mpls Jewish Family & Children’s Service (Leventhal Fund), and to the American Indian Movement National Office at 1113 E. Franklin Ave., Ste 103, Mpls 55404. SHIVA (gathering of family and friends): Saturday & Sunday, 7:00PM at Temple Israel. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 hodroffepstein.com

Published on January 18, 2017