Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

Update from Linda Brown (04/29/99)

"Dear Friends, this morning we met with MNDOT Officials at 9:00 AM. The news is not good. They have decided that this area does not meet the TCP criteria. We were told their focus was only on the four trees. This was the first time we had heard this. When we gathered the Elders they gave testimony about the whole area involved in the reroute from the falls to the spring, their testimony talked about the sacred meeting grounds and burials. I wonder when they will understand that our people did not make maps or measure the land in sections. To us the land is a gift to be passed on to future generations, and it is not our way to destroy this gift. This is the last undeveloped land in this sacred place, our place of worship. Our elders spoke of the whole area as sacred. During these hearings not one question was asked of our elders and never was it clarified to us that they were only interested in the trees. We spent two days speaking to them and all that time they didn't have a clue, or maybe they just didn't care. The road is the most important thing to them and they were just going through the motions to satisfy the Judge. We were asked not to talk about this before today and to take these reports and read them and we would have time to do that. Late last night I was called and told that reporters were asking about a press conference being held by MNDOT officials at 1:00 PM this afternoon. We were never informed this was to happen and so we stayed for this. there was about 20 or more squad cars there with troopers all over the place. A reporter asked MNDOT about all this security, I felt I had to reply that "there are 4 Indian people here". What are they so afraid of? Of course it was all about intimidation, people don't have the right to disagree with the government anymore. After the MNDOT officials were done with this conference we wanted to talk to the reporters too. An official from MNDOT stated that we could not talk to the reporters in this room, that it was only reserved for MNDOT. The lights were turned off and we had to go outside to have our interviews, even though this was taking place in a public building that our taxes pay for. I wonder how much overtime is being paid for out of our tax dollars for this kind of intimidation every time we go to a public meeting. We were asked by reporters if we felt that the decision was racially motivated, and Leo agreed that it was. The State of Minnesota has always taken anything they have wanted from the Native Americans by deception or by force. Until we get Federal Officials to take notice of the way Minnesota treats its Native Americans our rights will never be protected. We were also told at the meeting in the morning that they felt the Coldwater Spring could very well be considered TCP and that this kind of study might be done for the spring only. So, if we have done nothing else we have focused a great deal of attention on this site, and hopefully no harm will come to the spring. We still have questions about the construction methods being used to build the bridges, ramps. sound walls, etc. at the intersection of hwy 55 and 62. We have not given up, this report needs to go the State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society for their review. . They have up to 30 days to review it. Our hope is that they will ask about all the testimony that was not included in this report about the trees, and make a fair determination of the all the testimony about the sacredness of the land. We are now in the 11th hour of this fight, there are many things to do yet, Please call all state officials and federal officials and let them know that this whole situation is unbearable and that you would like to see something done to preserve this Sacred Land. Please call anyone you think might be able to help. We ask that you continue your support and prayers for they are powerful. Pidamiya, Love Linda"

Minnesota House of Representatives Member List

Minnesota Senators List
U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone Attn: Perry Lang, Indian Affairs 136 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-5641 FAX: (202) 224-8438 EMAIL: Bob Stanton, Director National Park Service Department of Interior 1849 C Street NW Mail Stop 3316 Washington DC 20240 Phone: (202) 208-4621 FAX: (202) 208-7889 Tim McKeown National Park Service NAGPRA Enforcement Division 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240 Francis P. McManamon Consulting Archaeologist National Park Service, Archaeology Division Room 2275 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240 Phone: (202) 343-4101 FAX: (202) 343-5260 Mr. Alan R. Steger Division Administrator, FHWA ( & Cheryl Martin) Galtier Plaza, Suite 500 175E 5th Street St. Paul, MN 55101 Phone: (651) 291-6100 Bruce Eberly, Historical Preservation Officer FHWA C!O HEP - 40 Room 3240 Washington, DC 20590 Phone: (202) 366-2060 Don Klima, Director Advisory Council, FHWA Old Post Office Building 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 809 Washington DC 20004 Phone: (202) 606-8505 B.Todd Jones U.S. Attorney 600 U.S. Courthouse 300 S. 4th Street Minneapolis, MN 55415 Phone: (612) 664-5660 National Register of Historic Preservation, Dept. of Interior Box 37127 Washington DC 20013-7127 Phone: (202) 343-9500 Jesse Taylor, Regional Director U.S. Department of Justice Dept. of Community Relations 55 West Monroe, Suite 420 Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: (312) 353-4356 (312) 353-4391 (312) 353-4390 Robert Doyle Bureau of Land Management Department of the Interior TCRC Closure Team Room 5617 1849 C Street NW Washington DC 20240 Bruce Babbit, Secretary of the Interior, Dept. of the Interior 1849 C Street NW Washington DC 20240 Phone: (202) 208-7351 EMAIL: Bruce_Babbitt@IOS.DOI.GOV Frederico Pena U.S. Department of Transportation 4007th Street SW Washington DC 20205 Phone: (202) 366-4000 Jamie Clark, Director U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling Minneapolis, MN 55406 Phone: (612) 725-3502 Col. Kenneth Kasparisan Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District 190 East 5th Street St. Paul, MN 55101 Phone: (651) 290-5200 Kevin Garner, Undersecretary of the Interior Indian Affairs 1849 C Street NW Washington. DC 20240 Representative Martin Olav Sabo 2336 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-4755 FAX: (202) 225-4886 EMAIL: Vice President Al Gore The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington DC 20500 Phone: (202) 456-1414 EMAIL: Janet Reno, U.S Attorney General, Justice Department 600 E. Street NW Washington, DC 20090 Phone: (202) 737-5214 Governor Jesse Ventura 130 State Capitol 75 Constitution Ave. St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-3391 Fax: (651) 296-2089 Email: Elwyn Tinklenberg, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation 395 John Ireland Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-3000 FAX: (651) 296-3587 Dennis Gimmestad, State Historic Preservation Officer (Britta Bloomberg, Deputy) 345 Kellogg Blvd. West St. Paul MN 55102 Phone: (651) 296-5434 Mark Dudzik Minnesota State Archaeologist Fort Snelling History Center St. Paul, MN 55111 Phone: (612) 725-2411 FAX: (612) 725-2427 Pager: (612) 966-0834 Joe Hudak Mn/DOT Cultural Resource Unit Transportation Bldg MS 676 St. Paul, MN 55155-1899 Phone: (651) 296-6116 FAX: (651) 296-3000 Jim Jones MN Indian Affairs Council Cultural Resource Specialist 1450 Energy Park Drive Dr. W. Rm 140 St. Paul, MN 55108 Phone: (651) 643-3032 Phone: (218) 755-3825 Ray Hitchcock, Acting Commissioner Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources 500 Lafayette Rd. St. Paul, MN 55155-4001 Phone: (651) 296-2594 Lisa Thorvig, Acting Commissioner Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 520 Lafayette Road St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-6300 Michael Sullivan Minnesota Environmental Quality Board 300 Centenniel Building 658 Cedar Street St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-2603 Rep. Tom Workman Minnesota House Committee Transportation and Transit 335 State Office Bldg. St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-5066 Carol Molnau, Chair Minnesota House Committee Transportation Finance 287 State Office Building St. Paul, MN 55155 Chair Minnesota Senate Committee Transportation 120 Capitol, 75 Constitution Ave. St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-5099 Chair Minnesota House Committee Environment and Natural Resources 479 State Office Building St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-4282 Chair Minnesota Senate Committee Environment and Natural Resources 111 Capitol St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-1113 Phyllis Hanson, Met Council Mears Park Center 230 B. 5th Street St. Paul, MN 55101 Phone: (612) 602-1000 Nigel Finney Metropolitan Airports Commission 6040 28th Ave S Minneapolis 55450 Phone: (651) 726-8187 Peter McLaughlin Hennepin County Commissioner 300 S. 6th Street Minneapolis, MN 55407 Phone: (612) 348-3000 Art Leahy, General Manager Metro Transit 560 6th Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55415 Phone: (612) 373-3333 Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton 350 S. 5th Street Minneapolis, MN 55415 Phone: (612) 673-2100 Council Member Sandra Colvin Roy 350 S. 5th Street Minneapolis, MN 55415 Phone: (612) 673-2213 David Fisher, Superintendent Minneapolis Park Board 200 Grain Exchange 400 South 4th Street Minneapolis, MN 55418 Phone: (612) 661-4800 Coral Houd, Mayor City of Bloomington 2215 West Old Shakopee Road Bloomington, MN 55431 Phone: (612) 948-8700 Dennis Ozment Chair& Natural 317 State Office Building4306 EMAIL: Mark Holsten, Chair Environment &Nat. Resources Finance 345 State Office Building St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 296-3018 EMAIL:

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     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 it money or supplies. PLEASE HELP PROTECT OUR SACRED SITES!

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