Update from Linda Brown (06/17/99)
Dear Friends, just got word about 9:00 PM tonight that hennepin county judge lajune ruled against us in the transfer of land from the park board to MNDOT. We have heard from several different sources that there is a raid planned for tonight sometime. Just this past week posters for World Peace and Prayer Day which is Monday were delivered to Mayor Sharon Sayles Benton, Governor Jesse Ventura, and other public officials offices to invite them to participate with us in this important day of prayer for world peace. I quess they didn't understand the message. This will be the legacy they leave for the City of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota, an unprovoked attack once again against the peaceful occupation for the protection of this Sacred Land. I wonder if they realize the polictical backlash that will come from this action. The whole world is indeed watching and it will reacte with repugnance and outrage over the cultural genicide once again perpretrated on Native American people by our Governments. We need all your support and prayers, please contact all the local and state officials office that you can reach and let them know how you feel about this action. Pidamiya, Peace and Prayers, Love Linda
Dear Friends, it is 8:30 AM Friday morning, many people came to the encampment last night in anticipation of a raid. We have heard rumors all week about a raid this weekend, some of our supporters had spoken with what they had considered reliable sources and were told this would happen last night. We experienced the same kind of rumors last time there was a raid, [ we heard about that 3-4 days in a row, and then the raid came on December 20th, when many had thought it would not happen]. We will stay alert all weekend, and count each day as a blessing. I will keep you all up[dated if something happens here. Thanks again for all your support and prayers. Love Linda
Governer Jesse Ventura Phone: (651) 297-9500 State Capitol Building 75 Constitution Ave. St. Paul, MN 55155 mailto:Jesse.Ventura@state.mn.us Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg Phone: (651) 296-3000 Fax: (651) 296-3587 MNDOT 395 John Ireland Blvd St. Paul, MN 55155 Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton Phone: (612) 673-2100 350 S. 5th St. Minneapolis, MN 55415 U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone Phone: (202) 224-5641, fax (202) 224-8438 136 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington D.C. 20510 mailto:email@example.com Mr. Alan Steger Division Administrator FHWA Phone: (651) 291-6100 Sheryl Martin Galtier Plaza, Suite 500 175 E. 5th St. St Paul, MN 55101 Bruce Eberly Historic Preservatin Officer FHWA Phone: (202) 366-2060 C/O HEP -40, room 3240 Washington D.C. 20590 Ann Boland, National Register of Historic Preservation Dept of the Interior Phone (202) 343-9500 Box 37127 Washington D.C. 20013-7127 Bruce Babbit Secretary of the Interior Dept. of the Interior 1849 C Street NW Washington D.C. 20240 202208-7351 mailto:Bruce_Babbitt@IOS.DOI.GOV President William Clinton Phone: (202) 4565-1414 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20500 MAILTO:President@whitehouse.gov Vice President Al Gore Phone: (202) 4565-1414 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington DC, 20500 MAILTO:VicePresident@whitehouse.gov Janet Reno U.S. Attorney General Phone: (202) 737-5214 Justice Dept. 600 E. St. NW Washington,DC 20090
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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!