Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance



February 8, 1999
Statement from Linda M. Brown, Mendota Dakota Community, 2/8/99

Dear friends,  just a quick update on the meetings that took place on
Sunday Feb. 7,1999:  morning meeting with plaintiffs lawyers [which is
us] this meeting was essentially to decide who would actually sit at the
mediation table.  It was decided only the plaintiffs, or their designee
in the law suit, could sit at the table, we will ask to reserve the
right to be able to ask that different experts would be able to sit at
the table to act as consultants with us. Afternoon meeting was held so
everyone in the coalition could voice their concerns and bottom lines we
feel this meeting was very successful.  

Today Monday Feb.8th, 1999 the lawyers involved with lawsuit were to
meet with federal mediator today  to lay down rules  and
guidelines,  MNDOT sent archeological survey team to encampment to start
survey's.  Mike Haney and Jim Anderson quickly responsed  to stop this,
as we feel this is one of the mediation points, how and who will do the
survey's.  MNDOT notified the judge of our actions and requested a
hearing for tomorrow morning,  there is to be a hearing at 8:00 A.M.
tomorrow morning in Judge Peter Albrecht's courtroom.  We ask that as
many people attend this hearing as possible to show your support of
mediation.. 
Mediation is scheduled to start Friday February 12, 1999, if MNDOT
doesn't sway court to cancel mediation. WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE AT THIS
HEARING AS POSSIBLE.    We are still trying to find a Senator to sponser
legislation,  meetings today with Senator Jane Ranum, and Senator Linda
Berglin were cancelled because of MNDOTs actions at the site there is
still time for people to call, or fax these Senators and ask them to
sponser and support a bill relating to Traditional Cultural Properties
or protection of the Camp Coldwater area as a Traditional Cultural
Property.  Once again please use the peoples power and make those phone
calls. This is so important to the cause.



For more email and snail mail addresses of those to contact, see:
Update on people to contact (2/3/99)
and
Email list.



Financial assistance is still needed also.
     The Mendota are a non-profit organization and reciepts will be supplied for those
who request them.
Send donations to;
Checks or money orders may be made payable to MMDC.
Mendota Medewakanton Dakota Community
PO Box 50835
Mendota, MN 55150

Contact numbers are Linda M. Brown - (612) 944-7290
                                 FAX (612) 944-0105
            or Bob Brown, Chairman - (612) 576-9686
                                 FAX (612) 576-0632

 We ask that everyone send what they can...be it money or supplies.
 PLEASE HELP PROTECT OUR SACRED SITES!


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