Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

From Linda M. Brown, Mendota: (07/26/99)

At 9AM this morning I received a phone call,about 100 Minneapolis Officers and State Troopers were called in to surround an area of the park where trees were being cut to build a bypass road for the construction of the new hwy. I got there around 11:30 and there was about 100 peaceful activists there with more coming and going most of the afternoon. Around 9 activists have been arrested, one of them being a 17 year old girl, who was injured when the police tackled her. Also 2 Native American young women were arrested, one of them only 15 years old, because they believe in their right of religious freedom. Although the encampment has not been raided or any trees removed from the area around the four sacred trees, we wonder how much longer we will be safe?. We need your help and prayers. How much longer will the four trees be safe? We need your help and prayers. How much longer until this religious persecution stops? We need your help and prayers. How much longer do we have to live being sick with fear for each other, the trees, the spring. We need your help and prayers. We have been here for almost a year now and we will stay as long as it takes. We all believe that somehow the trees will stand and the spring will be saved. We need your help and prayers. There is to be a rally tomorrow morning at 7:00 am at the northwest corner of E Minnehaha Parkway and Hiawatha, please be there if you can. We need you help and prayers.
Pidamiya, Love Linda

NOTE: I have continued to leave the following in these updates because we still need some calls and letters written. Since you are reading this, please help out with at least an email.....
U.S. Senators and Representatives via clickable map

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Names, Addresses, email to Senate Committee Members.
Governer Jesse Ventura   Phone: (651) 297-9500
State Capitol Building
75 Constitution Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55155

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

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

President William Clinton    Phone: (202) 4565-1414
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500

Vice President Al Gore       Phone: (202) 4565-1414
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington DC,  20500

Janet Reno U.S. Attorney General  Phone: (202) 737-5214
Justice Dept.
600 E. St. NW
Washington,DC 20090

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

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