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Sharon’s New Wacipi List.

Wacipi Notes that Sharon has done for our 21st Wacipi Sept 7 – 13.


  • I ask Star Tribune to advertise our Wacipi. Done
  • Pioneer Press too. Done
  • We got a $5,000 donations, and a $350.00. Done
  • Joe got another grant for panels for pow wow for $2,5000, we have not received the check yet. Done
  • We will use square or something like that for Visa Cards. Done
  • Sharon must approve everything first at the Wacipi. Done
  • Tommy and Jason Hop only oversee the Wacipi Security. Done
  • Marie will oversee all volunteers. Done
  • Mountain Iron Buhl School Indian Education Community ED. Stary Gallus may bring kids down for Wacipi? They have to come while classes are in session, not over the summer. Done
  • Shawn film Radio.
  • Find Radio and T.V stations to advertise. Done
  • Covid precautions? Done
  • Anita Gate has some vegetables. Done
  • We need lots of vegetables. Who can get more vegetable? Done
  • Keep everything in boxes they came in for storage in pods. KEEP BOXES
  • Wi-fi for Carlisle Indian School 3 people coming from Pennsylvania we will provide everything for them, big canopy at least two and 2 maybe 3 table, generator, whatever they need.
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman will have a booth. Done
  • Two new 20×40 canopy no more water leaks for kitchen ONLY.
  • Ordered 8 more signs 12 x 18. Done
  • Get kitchen set up work areas security job and volunteers Wed Sept 7.
  • Clean all appliances asap volunteers and security get plugged in by Sept 7.
  • When we get different frig & freezer keep at office at office? Plug in by Aug 15th. Jason Hop will get the appliances. Unless someone else finds one.
  • Map of kitchen Joe. Done
  • Map vendors Joe. Done
  • Order 3 more flags Joe. Done
  • Crafts for kids, Greg has some drum kits for kids. Done
  • Better headsets.
  • Fanny packs for security?
  • May have a live eagle, Tommy and I are working on that. The eagle is expense $498.00 for one hour.
  • Moccasin tournament.
  • Some other dance specials.
  • Get teepees setup Sept 7, security, and volunteers.
  • Get garbage bags out all over, Security and Volunteers Sept 10. Get some garbage cans out by Sept 7th.
  • Put sinks all around toilets and kitchen area. Ordered two more.
  • We only need two toilets from Sept 7-9 then the others will be delivered on the 10th. Done
  • Ordered pods to be delivered on Sept 7th. Tommy and Jason have the contract numbers.
  • Wipe everything down all over for Wacipi. volunteers, constantly.
  • Make checks to MMDTC, 1351- Sibley Memorial Hwy- Mendota MN, 55150.
  • On the buttons this year will be Lisa Bellanger and Dave Carson our head dancers. Done
  • Big sign for people who donated to the Wacipi. Done
  • Hang pictures up on fence like at the Gathering last Sept.
  • We need at least 20 cases of pop diet & regular you can get donations for pop too.
  • Get camper from Steve or John?
  • Water by podium keep cold, make sure there is always water in cooler. Volunteers
  • Two lines for kitchen and condiments both sides. Tommy, Jason H, Volunteers.
  • Ordered 9 pans of meat. Sharon Done
  • Order xxx large garbage bags Sharon. Done
  • St Peters said we can use their garbage again. Done
  • Recycle guy may get us supplies from the city? Sharon
  • Call for Pow wow Insurance Sharon. Done
  • Helpers’ volunteers for feast Friday night & Sunday. Maria, Roxanne B, Lyn, Josine.
  • Need water at least 30 cases like always. Maybe 10 cases more?
  • Marie from Cherokee Park United Church has another church to help with feast on Sunday.
  • Call or email Marie for volunteers’ jobs, she could use help calling volunteers 651-239-5163 Maria please send me the volunteers list from last year
  • We have about 25 volunteers so far I will get you there information to Maria.
  • Maria and I went through the volunteer list update everyone, that took two hours.
  • Jyni Koschak cell or work 612-704-6116
  • Called Jyni (Volunteers of American) she is on the calling list. Done
  • Maria you should talk to her to from the Volunteers of American great gal.
  • If you have volunteers in mind, they need to let Maria know starting Now August 1St.
  • Keep anyone not working out of kitchen. I will have signs. Done
  • Sign In will be separate from kitchen. Trying to have the kitchen more open. Outside behind kitchen by security, will be vendors and volunteers.
  • I will send kitchen map and vendors map soon. Almost Done
  • Make eating area bigger.
  • Kitchen will be bigger, less things in kitchen.
  • Volunteers for feast Friday night 4 people. Maria
  • Volunteer job for helping kids bead. Maria
  • Volunteers to put kids teepee up. Maria
  • Security Flags up.
  • Security make sure toilets have lights all 10. Especially the toilets in the back.
  • Volunteers to take down all signs and lights on toilets when Wacipi is over after 6 on Sept 12. Give to Sharon.
  • Volunteers make sure elders get water.
  • Permit Jason Delmont by August 15 no later.
  • Signs up Jason D and security.
  • Get signs up by August 15 around Mendota. The rest by Sept 7-9.
  • Have Wacipi meeting NOW.
  • Mary Armstrong said she has maybe 15 foreign students maybe more.
  • 1 new small refrigerator, 1 new freezer. The other ones are 20 years old, leak, smell. We will give then away or bring to the dump. Someone may like one for the garage give us a call if you want them. We will have 2 refrigerates and 2 freezers like always.
  • $2,000 from Riverboat Gaming.
  • $750.00 from Leach Lake.
  • $500.00 from Mille Lac Band of Ojibwe.
  • Michael Lamay sent our 144 donations from tribals in the U.S. Six have come back. I hope there will be more. Just to have a relationship with them.
  • We got a donation from one of the letters Mike send out. From the Yavapa Tribe, Prescott AZ for $1,000.00. Good job Mike.
  • Lecelia and Romelle Ogenina 218-308-1912 sister to cook frybread. They will help run the kitchen. They are coming from Leech Lake. We are paying for the rooms. They came to our gathering.
  • Connie will make 20 tubs of fry bread. Done
  • Mike will make 4 tubs. Done
  • Oneida Tribal Council turned us down for donation May 19, 2021.
  • Peter 651-905-4307 from St Peters Church is the contact person.
  • Jason got wood for fire. Done
  • Pow Wow Panels 34×81. We don’t need 18, probably 10.
  • We will honor St Thomas and Mike and Amy and students.
  • Crafts for kids we need beads. volunteers
  • Rate rooms from $109.00 to $64.00 rooms for helpers out of town. You must mention Mendotadakota to get the discount. Sharon Done
  • Email Woman foundations volunteers.
  • Email any native foundations for donations & volunteers.
  • Security people 6 only,
  • Kalpulli dancers between the around 5:30ish on Sat.
  • And of course, our regular wonderful vendors who come each year.
  • Thank you to all our volunteers.
  • Chrysalis women’s group. Sharon
  • Mike LeMay may bring Salmon for Wacipi.
  • Big posters for all our Wacipis we have had since 2000.
  • Native Radio up north kOJB Tommy. Done
  • Pioneer Press Sharon. Done
  • Channel 2 or any Channel. Volunteers can call to see if we can get some airtime.
  • Minnesota Explore Joe. Done
  • Call Molly, and other vendors Sharon. Done
  • Susu, Coldwater will have a booth. Done
  • Called Molly. No reply yet.
  • Ordered polo shirts. Done
  • Mikes book for Mendota will be at Wacipi?
  • Sharon will donate her own Jewerly with buttons while supplies last.
  • If anyone has any jewelry, they want to donate please call Sharon.
  • Volunteers for raffle booth we need 6 people.
  • Blue Loom vendor.
  • Hot dog vendor
  • Lemonade vendor
  • We have 15 vendors so far.
  • Make flyers. Done
  • Make bigger signs. Done
  • Called vendors. Sharon Done
  • Ordered 2 more tents. Done
  • 4 new vendors have called.
  • Called T.V and Radio Stations. Done
  • Hoping
  • Ask members to get donations or gift cards.
  • Ask for donations from any Churches anywhere. I have the request for donations and Wacipi flyer to give to them. Both are on or website.
  • Volunteers to cut fish.
  • Volunteers (runners) to pick up ice from Arby’s and other supplies we may need.
  • Donation signs.
  • Volunteers for application for honorary and linear members.
  • Volunteers for sign in Maria.
  • Volunteers for guest sign in.
  • Are done and corrected. Done
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  • Ordered new toilets, another place, prices went up too much. Ordered 8 reg, 2 handicaps. May order a third handy cab for changing into regalia.
  • Make sign for the toilet for changing into regalia. Not to be used for a toilet.
  • Cancelled Fun Jump.
  • Ordered 4 Canopies from Walmart since we cancelled Fun Jump.
  • Kitchen map is done.
  • Vendor’s map is done.
  • Maria and Sharon got the calling list updated took two hours.
  • T shirts have been ordered. Done
  • Thank you, cards. Done
  • Pods are coming Sept 7th around 11:00ish. Done
  • We will be using St Peters Garbage. Done
  • Signs in kitchen how to make Indian Taco.
  • Get water from St Peters, get 2 hoses if we can.
  • Set up Button booth first thing Sept 10th.
  • Orientation in kitchen. Maria or Lyni.
  • Maria will call Joy to get some details about the kitchen.
  • Must get hi speed Internet now.
  • Called St Peters about internet.
  • We have plenty of aprons. Done
  • Cancelled Wacipi meeting on July 25. Next one on Sunday night at 6 Aug 1st . Watch for zoom invite.
  • Get more gloves we will go through lots od groves and wipes.
  • I ordered lots of wipes.
  • Please check out our flyer as it has changed a few times.
  • Greg needs help in the podium with the sound system. He needs a break from time to time.
  • Greg also needs help with lights.
  • We need suggestion and your input on the Wacipi.