Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

From Linda M. Brown - Mendota Community: (10/14/99)

Dear Friends, Things here have been really crazy, there have been more arrests with the police acting in a brutal manner. One young man was caught by himself last week and he ended up with a broken ankle, he was kicked during his arrest. We have asked anyone who has been visiable in our support to please not travel alone through this area. A week and a half a ago some of our supporters occupied a extremely large cottonwood tree that was slated to be cut down. Seven people went up into the tree to try to stop the destruction. Equipment was brought in to try to remove these kids, three of them were brought down and four remained for almost a week. This was after many of the lower branches were cut out from under the remaining four. squad cars were stationed 24 hours a day under the tree to prevent any food or water being brought to these kids. Police sat with their spot lights on the four all night to keep them awake, and to prevent any help from reaching them. Leo and I had to attend the National Congress of American Indians and only heard about much of this from our family and friends. We feel that we made some real progress and important contacts at the National Congress and we are planning strategies to continue our fight to save our sacred lands. The camp has been under observation by state troopers constantly this week and we don't know when MNDOT plans to move on the encampment, but everyone feels it will be soon. Last week they came in to remove trees within a block of the encampment. They would come in with one man with a chain saw and cut 10-15 trees, of course they also had state troopers sent in with him, the trees would be cut and then they quickly left before we had time to activate phone trees or call the media. We have managed to take some cuttings from these trees to prove how old some of the trees in this area really are. I hope that all of you will all continue your support and prayers, we really need them now.
Take care everyone, 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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