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About Dakota & Seminole Chapter

District: Will Rogers
Totem: Medicine Man or Chief


          The name and early status of the OA chapter in Pacific Palisades, Topanga and Malibu is the most confusing of all of the Tamet Lodge Chapters. Seminole was the original name chosen in 1957 for the Tamet Lodge chapter in what what had recently been created as Will Rogers District.


Excerpt from 1957-58 Lodge Chief's Report
February 15, 1958 p.3
Carrol Hood Jr. Chief



          When Tamet Lodge formed chapters by districts in 1951, the area north of Santa Monica and east of Brentwood (roughly what became the boundaries of Will Rogers District in 1956) had been known as Sunset District. There was a Sunset District Chapter of Tamet Lodge between 1951-54 that was consolidated into Santa Monica Bay District Chapter. Other than a few sparse references to Sunset District Chapter in Lodge records, very little is known about this Chapter.

              When Tamet Lodge authorized Native American names for the OA chapters in 1957, Will Rogers District was once again split from Santa Monica District and had its own chapter. While there are references to Seminole Chapter in Tamet Lodge records between 1957-61, there is no known memorabilia for Seminole Chapter. In 1961, and for reasons unknown, the chapter name was changed to Dakota. It remained the name until shortly after Tamet Lodge merged with Walika Lodge in 1972. When Dakota Chapter issued its first patch around 1963, the chapter name was spelled Dacotah but that appears to have been an error. Lodge records show the chapter name always as Dakota, even at the time the flap patch was released.

          The Dakota are a tribe or division of the Sioux and are Native American and First Nations people in North America comprised of three major divisions based on Siouan dialect and subculture:

  • Isáŋyathi or Isáŋathi ("Knife," originating from the name of a lake in present-day Minnesota): residing in the extreme east of the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Iowa, and are often referred to as the Santee or Eastern Dakota.
  • Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋ and Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna ("Village-at-the-end" and "little village-at-the-end"): residing in the Minnesota River area, they are considered to be the middle Sioux, and are often referred to as the Yankton and the Yanktonai, or, collectively, as the Wičhíyena (endonym) or the Western Dakota (and have been erroneously classified as “Nakota.
  • Thítȟuŋwaŋ or Teton (uncertain, perhaps "Dwellers on the Prairie"; this name is archaic among the natives, who prefer to call themselves Lakȟóta): the westernmost Sioux, known for their hunting and warrior culture, are often referred to as the Lakota.
          Dacotah, is the spelling used to describe a band of Sioux Indians under the leadership of LITTLE CROW, who assembled in the dead of winter, 1863, at Devil's Lake, in Dacotah, territory of Minnesota, to gather strength for a raid upon the white population in the surrounding area. It is not clear if the raid actually took place.

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Patches  



Flap Dacotah
1963-65
      Prototype Flap Dacotah
1963









Solid embroidered. Orange rolled edge.
Chapter name is misspelled. Only flap shaped chapter patch ever issued from Tamet Lodge. The three tepees are thought to represent the three major communities of the district:
L-R: Malibu, Topanga & Pacific Palisades.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 Dacotah S1

Embroidered on twill. Orange cut edge.
Punch pattern with twill sky may have indicated that the
patch was not originally intended to be fully embroidered.
Blue Book Cat. No. (unlisted)

 





Arrowhead Dakota
1971-72








Embroidered on twill. Red cut edge.
Correct spelling. Shortly after the patches were made, half of the order disappeared, making this patch scarce at the time.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 Dakota A1




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