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
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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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!