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Mendota’s Election is officially over as of February 20, 2021. Congratulation!!!

John Varone will send the council a full report, saying that the election is officially over.

Mendota would like to say Pidamaya to John and Becky Varone for helping with the elections for us.

Now let us move on with a new year, let us get things done on a timely matter.

Make federal recognition our priority more than ever.

John LeClaire is no longer the Vice Chair for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community as of 2-19-2021.

Thank you, John for serving the Mendota Community for 2 terms, 8 years.

I will send in the form to the BIA for the new election.

Your Tribal Council

Sharon Lennartson Tribal Chairwoman

Jason Delmont Vice Chair

Joe Lennartson Treasurer

Jason Delmont  Secretary

Greg Strandmark Historian

Brian Gilbert our Attorney


Eagles Lay Eggs Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Saturday, February 27, 2021.


Eagles Lay Eggs Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Saturday, February 27, 2021


Coldwater Springs

Fri, Feb 12, 6:08 PM

Eagles Lay Eggs Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs

Saturday, February 27, 2021 (Hey, hey! Saturday night at a Sacred Site—bring your honey!)

Gather at the park entrance, 7pm

Park at pay meters on the Hwy 55 access road via credit card/quarters

It’s easy for bald eagle parents to keep eggs and young warm in cold, dry weather. The eggs incubate for 35 days and some 80 days later, in September, they will have practiced flying and hunting skills enough to fledge.


Coyote mating season has begun and extends from January to March. Statistically February is the least snowiest winter month, but theory isn’t as good as the gain of an hour-plus of daylight. After Imbolc (2/2), aka Brigid’s Day, Groundhog’s Day, we’re into the second half of winter.


Cardinals are asking what-cheer-cheer-cheer? Red is Brigid’s color as a fire goddess, red is an energy color and the color of February’s favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day.


News from Coldwater is that National Park Service MNRRA (Mississippi National River and Recreation Area) Superintendent John Anfinson has retired with an “acting” super in charge now. Anfinson championed clear cutting the 27-acre campus including the weeping willow considered the “guardian spirit of Coldwater Spring.”


Friends of Coldwater seek to honor our 10,000-year-old 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.


Give a blessing, get a blessing. Blessings travel in circles.


Sunset 5:57 pm   (42 minutes later than the previous full moon)

Moonrise 6:33 pm   (34 minutes later than the last month full moon)

Exact minute of full moon 2:18 am Central Time


The year in daylight on full moon days:

February 9th  1 hour, 9 minute daylight gain

March 9th   11 hours, 33 minute, 1 hour, 24 minute daylight gain

NOTE: Thursday, 9/18/2021 we experience 12 hours of daylight & nighttime here.

April 7th   13 hours, 7 minute, 53 minute daylight gain

May 7th   14 hours, 31 minute daylight gain

June 5th  15 hours, 27 minute; 56 minute daylight gain

July 4th   15 hours, 30 minute; 4 minute daylight gain

August 3rd   14 hours, 34 minute; 56 minute daylight loss

September 2nd   13 hours, 11 minute; 49 minute daylight loss

NOTE: Sunday, 9/26/2021 we experience 12 hours of daylight & nighttime here.

October 1st   11 hours, 41 minute;  1 hour, 30  minute daylight loss

October 31st  10 hours, 11 minutes; 1 hour, 30 minute daylight loss

November 30th  9 hours, 4 minutes; 53 minute daylight loss

December 29th  8 hours, 48 minutes; 16 minute daylight loss

January 28, 2021   9 hours, 38 minutes; 50 minute daylight gain

February 27th  11 hours, 2 minutes; 1 hour, 24 minute daylight gain


DIRECTIONS: 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 cul-de-sac, which is the Coldwater Park entrance.


All welcome. We observe all covid-19 safety mandates. 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

Contact Us

Friends of Coldwater Website


Mendota will not have our ceremony for (Honoring our Ancestors) on February 6, 2021.

Mendota will not have our ceremony for (Honoring our Ancestors) on Saturday February 6, 2021.
So very sad, it is not the cold, we can do the cold, as our ancestors did.
It is the pandemic of course.
We have only canceled once, since we started Honoring our Ancestors over 20 years ago that was a very bad blizzard, the park was closed.
Can we all pray at 11:00am on Saturday February 6, from our home, bring out your pipe, or pray your way. Offer food to the spirits.
Stay safe!!
Love Sharon