Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

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

Dear Friends, there have been no new arrests since Thursday, but we have been active in many ways since that time. Friday afternoon we filmed a local cable show called Healthy Nations News, this is produced by a Native American and will be shown on Minneapolis cable channel 33 every Sunday evening at 7:00PM through August. We addressed the brutally of the recent arrests and also the blatant racism shown by the local police here. Today Ken Bradley and I also spoke for an hour on a local radio station about the reasons the coalition are still fighting this road.

We also had our 2nd Annual Pow Wow today, the weather was perfect, sunny and mild, over 300 people attended and we had a huge feast at five o'clock. Everyone who attended brought something to share and we never ran out of food, we are blessed with all the love and support from everyone who was there. This was a very joyous occasion for us all. Mike Haney made it back in town for this and of course added his wonderful touch to the festivities. Tuesday we will be having our one year anniversary of the encampment, and we are again working hard to make this as big a success.

On a more somber note, I drove past the construction site yesterday and the destruction is overwhelming. All that remains in this area now is just overturned earth. No sign of the original beauty of this special place. Standing alone in middle of the destruction is a statue of Longfellow who of course made this place famous when he penned his poem about this area. But wait! someone has replanted trees in all this desolation, in front of the statue now stand four small trees, they don't offer much shade in comparison to the ones that were removed, but it warms my heart to see them there. Of course the machines may destroy them tomorrow, but a kind heart placed them there for all to see and lift our spirits. Thank you whoever you are. We are still here, we are still fighting, we will continue to fight. Please keep us in your 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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