Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance
From Linda M. Brown, Mendota Dakota Community:
Dear Friends, Today we held a press conference at the State Office
Building, Karen Clark thought we ought to have this now because she had
been getting calls from reporters. There weren't too many reporters there,
but we thought it went very well. Rev. Gary Cavender, Spiritual Elder from
Shakopee,opened with a prayer and spoke very eloquently about the area and
how it was sacred to the Dakota people and must be saved. Mike Haney,
Chairman Bob Brown, Jim Anderson, and myself also spoke. None of this was
shown on the local T.V. news programs tonight. This was a big
disappointment to us. We will be checking the papers in the morning. We
are still working on finding a senator to author the bill in the senate.
If we can't get someone to do this we don't have a prayer. We would like
to ask House Representative Jim Rhodes to hold hearings on this issue.
Mediation has been posponed until next week.
Several Representatives have asked to observe the mediation meetings, so
this may be a good sign. MNDOT is still doing their survey although they
have moved away from the sacred trees. They are doing a very shabby job of
this survey, some of the holes have only been 6 inches deep. They know
they won't find anything at this level. We still need all your help and
prayers to win this thing. Please remember us, and we all think of you
often and thank the Grandfathers for all the help and guidance. Peace and
Prayers be with all of you, pidamiya, love Linda
For email and snail mail addresses of those to contact, see:
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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