Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

From Linda M. Brown - Mendota Community: (11/18/99)

Dear Friends, Today I spent the afternoon at the encampment, almost all the trees in the pow wow grounds have been cut, only about five are left and this is only because people are sitting in these trees. MNDOT continues with their get in and cut and get out again method. The pow wow grounds are only a short distance from the sacred trees. While I was there Jim and some of the other Native Americans met once again with police officials. They told them that they could not tell us exactly when they are going to come for the sacred trees, only that it will probably be between 2-3 weeks, and that it would be during the day. They told them anyone there at the time would be given the choice of leaving or getting arrested if they would not leave. Time grows short, if you have ever wanted to visit the site, you should make arrangements to come soon. This is going to happen at a time when the whole world celebrates peace and brotherhood. This is a holy time for everyone else, but apparently not for us. Last year they came for us only five days before the holiest day of the year for Christianity, and blundered and destroyed and brutalized, how do they live with themselves? We will continue with our vigil until the end, we have not given up this struggle. What they fail to understand is that this is sacred land, they may build their road, but that doesn't change the fact that the whole area is sacred. It will always be sacred. Nothing they do to it can change that. Someday the true story will be told of what happened here and the State of Minnesota and their officials will have to live with that and answer for that. Sorry I sound so down, but tomorrow is another day and will fight on.
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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