Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

From Linda M. Brown - Mendota Community: (07/31/99)

Dear Friends, it is Saturday afternoon and all is quiet for the time being. Everyone is out of jail now, including the young supporter that was jailed for a second time for simply being in a public place, he wasn't even in the park he was in front of a ice cream shop a 1/2 block away from the park. He refused to eat or drink while he was jailed the second time and was again taken before a judge Friday morning, but was not released until 10:00 pm Friday night. Emily the young girl who we were told had her head slammed against a squad car, it was actually a wooden railroad tie, spent 8 hrs at the hospital being xrayed and having an MRI done, while her sister and lawyer tried desperately to find out where she was and how she was, were given no information on her condition by the authorities. The Doctors at the hospital suggested strongly to her that she bail out of jail. All work stopped on the area for now, and MNDOT says that no more trees are scheduled to be destroyed for a few weeks, right now there are supporters living in the trees that are next slated to be destroyed. We had heard that McCrossan was to start their work on the land tunnel, which will cost the tax payers 9 million dollars, on Wednesday or Thursday of last week, but we haven't seen hide nor hair of them yet. I talked with many area residents last week and many are shocked, saddened and outraged at the destruction of their beloved park. We held a press conference and rally Thursday evening and we had hundreds of people show up including the two young women that have been seriously injured by the police's brutal assaults. Hundreds of people driving by honked their horns in support. The police presence at the park has been scaled back, but we will expect them back in full force when the construction on the tunnel starts, probably next week. Your support and prayers, have been so important to us, we are hearing of thousands of letters being sent and phone calls being made. We are building new allies everyday, because of all of you out there that care so much. Yesterday we had visitors from Hawaii at the camp and more people from all over the states are stopping to pray with us. I can't tell you how overwhelming the outpouring of support has been. We keep all of you in our 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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