Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

From Linda M. Brown - Mendota Community: (09/22/99)

Dear Friends, I'm still trying to catch up on everything, I got so far behind while I was ill. Anyway I did want to let you know that about 20 people went to court again yesterday. Some of them were offered a pretty bogus deal and everyone turned it down. We are rescheduled to go to court again on Dec. 6th 1999. We are looking for witness testimony for these court cases, anyone who was there please contact me with any statements or if you are willing to testify in our peoples behalf, and I will get these to the attorneys, we really would like to blow them out of the water with witnesses. Please help if you can. The March is till on for this Saturday, this is in alliance with the North Side Neighbors for Racial Justice, over 2200 flyers have been distributed so far. The March will start at 10AM, we will meet at Aldrich Avenue N and Highway 55 [Olson Memorial Highway] we will have a rally downtown Minneapolis at around 1-1:30 PM. I,m looking forward to seeing many of you there. Also there is a Land Blessing scheduled for October 3, 1999 at 4PM at Minnehaha Park in front of the Long Fellow House. Please check the internet sites for more specific information on these events. Leo and I will be attending the National Congress of American Indians next month and we will bring much information about this issue there. Also the two young American Indians riding their horses on a Unity Ride for the three encampments located at White Clay, South Dakota, LaFramboise Island in Pierre South Dakota and Four Oaks in Minneapolis arrived in town today. This is the 38th day of their ride, they have persevered through many hardships, but they are healthy and happy to have done this ride for the people. They will also be at the March on Saturday so please take the time to thank them for their commitment to all these causes. I still owe many of you personal letters, I haven't forgotten and I think of all of you often. I will get to them soon. Some days the fear and pressure becomes almost unbearable, but I know that all of you are still out and still with us. We are truly blessed. 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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