Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

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,
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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