Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

From Linda M. Brown - Mendota Community: (08/03/99)

Dear Friends, About twenty people went to court today. We requested the police reports and we will not go back to court again to plead until Sept. 2, 1999, at 2PM most of our people who have been arrested will be in court on that date and we would like to see alot of support at the courthouse at that time. I will remind everyone of this at a later date. Alot is happening right now that I can't talk about, but we are working feverishly on additions to our coalition. Many people who had not gotten involved before are working with us now. The Minnehaha Neighborhood met with MNDOT officials tonight to express their displeasure with the cutting of so many trees and also wood chips being dumped in the Creek. This after all of MNDOT's assurances that they are always very careful of the environment when they are involved with a project. Please keep the support and letters and phone calls flowing. I received emails of support from the Netherlands today, and also from Poland, the whole world is indeed watching. We are trying to reach anyone who may have gotten a traffic ticket for honking their horns in support of stop the reroute on Hiawatha avenue. We would like to know how many and who was targeted for this petty tyranny. Please contact Wally or Debra at 612-729-3871. Also even though we are still desperately fighting this road we must continue to gather for enjoyment, peace, worship, and celebration on the land as it has always been meant to be used. We have to remember that we are caring human beings and need these things in our lives in order to keep up the fight. Here are some events we hope that any of you, who can, will attend. Thursday August 5, 5:00 PM Rally {just south of Minnehaha Creek} we will have speakers and music and just relax for a few hours, if you live in the neighborhood, please invite your friends and neighbors to join us. 2nd Annual Social PowWow Sunday August 8th at 54th and Riverview road, just east of Hiawatha, Grand Entry at 1:00 PM, Please bring a dish to share, feast at 5:00. Also our one year anniversary will be held at the encampment on August 10th, celebration starts at 3:00PM and will go until dusk, Music, Puppets, etc. again please bring a dish to share. We feel your support 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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