Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community

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

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Mendota Mdewakanton Newsletter


Update on the Commemorative Walk

Just a reminder that the Dakota Commemorative March is in progress.  The walkers can use all the support that they can get.  If you can, please try to make it out to walk with them for at least a little while.  If you are unable to walk, please try make the trip and encourage them as they pass.  If it’s easier, maybe meet them to walk the last couple of miles….or at least make a point to stop in at the Concentration Camp or St. Peter’s Church on Thursday. (the route for the next few days has been highlighted below)

This year has been an extremely difficult walk for those out there honoring and remembering the ancestors.   So, please, try to show them your support.  If nothing else, please send supportive emails to


Pidamaya ye

—–Original Message—–
From: Minnesota Indian Affairs [mailto:MINN-IND@LISTS.UMN.EDU] On Behalf Of Waziyatawin
Thursday, October 23, 2008 2:51 PM
Subject: Dakota Commemorative March, Please Help Circulate, updates will follow

“Manipi Hena Owasin Wicunkiksuyapi”

(“We Remember All Those Who Walked”)

Dakota Commemorative March

November 7-13, 2008

On November 7, 2008 we will begin a 150-mile journey in honor of the Dakota men, women, and children who were forcibly removed to concentration camps at Mankato and Fort Snelling in November 1862.

The Route: The march will begin at 7:00 am from the Lower Sioux Agency Interpretive Center, Redwood County Road 2.  The tentative route and schedule is provided below, but this is subject to change.  The website should be consulted for updates and changes,

November 7th: Redwood Co. Rd. 2 to 305 St., left turn onto gravel road 305th St. (continue across Redwood Co.Rd.11. and across MN Hwy 4).  305th St. becomes Redwood Co.Rd.8. Continue SE on Co. Rd. 8, across MN Hwy 4.  The road then becomes Brown Co.10.  Continue on Co.Rd.10 until the intersection with 290th St.

November 8th: Leave at 7:00 am to begin march on Brown Co.Rd.10,continue to MN Hwy 29, turn left on Hwy 29, then turn left again on 210th St.(gravel road) to KC Road (gravel road).  Turn right on KC Road to Broadway (in New Ulm).  Turn right on Broadway.  Follow the curve to the left, then turn right on Minnesota Street. Continue on Minnesota St. to 20th South St.

• PM –We will have dinner at Joe Morales’ house (12627 County Road 102, Hanska, MN 56041) and then sleep at Turner Hall (1st South and State Street).

November 9th: Caravan will meet just past the turn-off onto Hwy 68 (take Highway 15/68 out of New Ulm and a left onto 68) at 7:00 a.m.  March will proceed from there, following Highway 68 toward Mankato to its intersection with Highway 169.

• PM –Evening meal and sleep site at the Centenary United Methodist Church (downtown Mankato across from Post Office)

November 10th: Caravan will meet at 7-Mile Creek Park on Highway 169 north of Mankato at 7:30 a.m.  We will continue on US Highway 169, and then take the left turn-off to MN Highway 93 all the way to Henderson.

•Marchers will be hosted in Henderson at the New Country School with meals at the Joseph R Brown Interpretive Center

November 11th: Begin march at 7:30 am in Henderson on MN highway 19 to Henderson Station Road (gravel road).  Curve to right on Scott Co.Rd.51, right on Hwy 1, then left onto Hwy 169. Continue North on US 169 to Jordan.  For lunch we’ll stop along Hwy 169 at Belle Plaine Trail (10.3 miles from Henderson).  After lunch we’ll carpool caravan through the road construction and resume walking on Hwy 169 at Emma Krumbees.  We will continue to the Jordan town sign. Hwy patrol escort.

November 12th: The march will begin at the entrance to Jordan (where we ended the evening before) and veer off to the right to go through the town of Jordon, past St. John the Baptist School on Broadway.  Continue on Co.Rd. 282, then we’ll go left onto Co.Rd.17 (Marschall Rd), then right on Co.Rd.42 to Dakotah Parkway in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.  Continue on the road that leads to Tiowakan.  Hwy patrol escort.

November 13th: Caravan to Cub Foods parking lot at the intersection of Hwy 42 and MN Hwy 13 at 8:30 am to begin march.  We’ll follow MN Hwy 13 as it joins 169 and travel through the Savage area.  We’ll stop for lunch at the turn-off near Famous Dave’s.  After lunch, we’ll carpool caravan through the major highway intersections (across both 35W and 77 exits).  Just past the stoplight at Silver Bell Trail, we’ll resume walking on MN Hwy 13.  We’ll turn left on Mendota Heights Rd (Sibley Memorial Highway) and then turn North onto MN Hwy 55 across Mendota Bridge. Walkers continue down from the bridge into Fort Snelling State Park concentration camp site. Car caravans go across the Mendota Bridge and exit west onto MN 5,continue past the airport exit, and exit Post Road.  At the top of the exit ramp,cars turn left,across the freeway,into Fort Snelling State Park. Hwy patrol escort.

•Closing Dinner will be held at St.Peter’s Church in Mendota (1405 Highway 13, Mendota, MN 55150-0679)

Instructions for Marchers:

The Beginning of the March: The march will leave on November 7, 2008 at 7:00 a.m. from the Lower Sioux Agency Interpretive Center on Redwood County Road 2.

What to Bring: If you plan to use the accommodations we are arranging, please bring your own bedding, towel, and personal hygiene items.  We have a supply of 6″ foam mattresses available for those who wish to use them and these will be available on a first-come basis.  The mattresses will be transported from location to location by truck.

Transportation: We usually have plenty of drivers in a caravan behind the walkers, so if you need transportation to a vehicle drop-off or pick-up point, we should be able to assist you.

Meals: We have arranged for three meals a day for all of the marchers.  While we do our best to provide a balanced meal for the marchers, we cannot accommodate special diets.

Cell Phone Contacts: Waziyatawin at 320-444-5643, Gwen Griffin at 507-382-1960.  Please note that in the past our cell phones have not worked during sections of the march.  That means we may not be able to return calls until we can find a place where there is cell phone reception or when we reach our destination for the night.  Because this is a spiritual walk, we want to keep cell phone conversations to a minimum.  If you are trying to find the marchers en route, please consult the itinerary for the day and trace the course of the route described on the website.  This is usually the best way to find us.  Please only call if you have tried all other options.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

For further information, or to send donations, contact Waziyatawin at 320-564-4241 (home) or 320-444-5643 (cell) and or Gabrielle Tateyuskanskan at PO Box 183, Waubay, SD 57273, (605)947-3419.