From Linda M. Brown - Mendota Community: (09/14/99)
Dear Friends, Please forgive me once again for not being on top of the updates. I have had a virus for about the last three weeks and just can't seem to shake it. I have been spending alot of time just resting, and boy am I tired of it. We are still working on different strategies to stop the road. But MNDOT has sent some surveyors to the area where the houses were torn down last December, this is only a block away from the four trees. Today they sent surveyors to the area where the four trees are. Jim Anderson and some others confronted them and they did leave the area. I don't know how much longer the State plans on playing cat and mouse with us.
Every time they do these things they create a great amount of tension between the two sides. They have continually said that they will give us warning before they move on this area. I think they do this to see how fast we can mobilize people to get there. Well, we did pretty good today. Although there have no more arrests lately, we are spending much time lining up witnesses and spending time on the defense of the people that were arrested recently. Most people have another court appearance on September 25th, at that time a trial date will be set. We are currently setting up an accout for our legal defense costs and will pass that address along to you when I have it. We are spending alot of time organizing the Justice March scheduled for September 25th. We have had some great press lately, including some neighborhood papers who are very sympathetic. We continue to outreach to as many local and national groups as we can. It would great to get some national coverage from some of the primetime new programs like 60 minutes, 20/20 etc.. If anyone can help with this it would be greatly appreciated. I owe many of you some personal response letters and I will try to get to this sometime this week. We ask that you continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.Pidamiya,
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
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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!