Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

From Linda M. Brown - Mendota Community: (09/03/99)

Dear Friends, Sorry I have been off the air for so long once again. Leo and I went out to the Black Hills for a while, then right after we came back we went to the Sundance at Pipestone, MN, and then I got really sick. I have been fighting a cold along with lung congestion since then, but am starting to feel alot better now. Leo and I stop at La Framboise Island for a few hours on our way to the Black Hills. We had an opportunity to visit with some of the people there. They continue to stay strong in their fight against the government's attempts to take their land. We need to send them all our prayers and support. We missed the unity riders by just one day but caught up with them at the Sundance. They have been back in Mpls for a few days to rest before they continue their ride, they will be leaving today for the Lower Brule to pick up their horses.

We had about twenty people that went to court yesterday to get their written complaints. All the complaints were signed by the same officer [he must have been a really busy guy, even though there were hundreds of other officers there that day, he seemed to be the only one that arrested everyone ] most of the written complaints were totally inaccurate. We will have to go back to court again on the 21st of September at 1:30 PM to plead and then we will get court dates at that time. Anyone that can attend these court dates for support, we would appreciate seeing you there. We are also busy planning the Rally and March for Racial Justice on September 25th, we will be walking from the northside of highway 55 to the south side of highway 55. I will let you know more about this later. Please plan on attending this if you are able. Also there is to be a Light Rail meeting at Roosevelt High School on September 14th at I believe 7 PM, they will taking comments on this issue, again please attend of you are able. There is going to be a play produced by the Minnesota American Indian AIDS Task Force tonight and tomorrow night Sept. 3&4 called " Our Rights Are Not Just Words" [Marge Anderson] This play examines the displacement of people covering the recent Supreme Court 1837 Gaming Rights Treaty decision, Highway 55 Re-Route, and the North Side Projects, this play is being held at the Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave.. S., Mpls, 7PM, Tickets are $10.00. We hope this play will be recorded and played on Mpls cable soon.

We still need your support and letters to continue to be written to Government officials, if you haven't done so already, we need to let them know that we are not going to give up. We are still here.
Prayers and blessings to all of you. 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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