Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

From Linda M. Brown - Mendota Community: (10/15/99)

This update is from Linda, however, I wish to add my own suggestion that letters of complaints about the harrassment be addressed to those contacts listed at: Thank you.

>From Linda M. Brown, Mendota Community:

Dear Friends, About mid morning I got a call that trees were being cut on the north end of Minnehaha Parkway. This is a road that runs behind the area where the houses were destroyed last December. MNDOTs strategy seems to be to come in a hit and get out pattern the last two weeks. They have been selectively cutting trees along an area anywhere from about 1-1/2mile to 1 block away from the encampment. I immediately started calling people to try to start the phone trees. I was not able to get to the encampment until around1-1:30 PM. While I was turning a corner from Hwy 62 [crosstown] onto Hwy 55 i noticed a state trooper sqaud car escorting a large piece of equipment down Hwy 55. Just a moment later I noticed a supporter riding his bicycle also heading in the same direction as the equipment, then I heard a short siren from two highway patrol cars that suddenly swerved up onto the curb and onto the sidewalk. I pulled into the driveway that enters off of hwy 55 into the Va/Bureau of Mines road, and watched from across the street as this young man was taken off his bike and taken into custody. I did not see him do anything worng, he was just riding along. I later learned that he had been follwoing the equipment and taking video tape of the equipment moving down the hwy with someone still locked down to the equipment. The state patrol also took the video camera. We were frantic to hear word of the young man that had locked down. This is something that has never been done before, someone being wisked out of the public view and taken behind locked gates to free him from the eqiupment. Many phone calls were made to media, lawyers, and public officials. We did learn from a reporter sometime later that both young men are now in custody. They are still in jail at this time as far as I know. Later I stood with some women on Riverview Rd. when two state patrl cars pulled under a tree that a supporter has been sitting in, one trooper got out of his car and put a large orange mark on the tree. Many of the trees in this area already have the mark of death on them, his intention seemed only to make this mark larger and more visible. we continued to stand there and more people joined us, at that time another squad car also pulled into the area. They all sat there for about 10 minutes, and then one of them pulled out of the area and turned towards Hwy 55 at a very fast speed. They other two left shortly after that going in a different direction, again driving very fast. They returned to the area after about 20-30 minutes, and then drove down a frontage road that runs behind the encampment. All three squads sat at the entrance to the encampment for about 15-20 minutes and then left. The squads have also been driving on an area that is not too far from the encampment, they just drive back and forth. This type of harrassment has been constant over the last couple of weeks. I will try to keep everyone updated as much as possible, but please check the websites for new information also. 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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