Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

From Linda M. Brown - Mendota Community: (11/24/99)

Dear Friends, Yesterday I received a phone call from a supporter, who is also a lawyer, she told me that the company who is cutting and chipping the trees are turning the chute that spews out the wood chips and directing it at the tree sitters. This very dangerous to the people that are in the trees, these machines have warnings on them for operators to stand at least 300 feet away from the machine while it is operation. Witnesses have said that a plastic jug that was hanging in the trees was punctured by these chips. Witnesses complained to the police that were there guarding the machinery and they could have cared less whether anyone gets hurt or not. MNDOT will ultimately be responsible if someone is injured by this practice, as these are contractors that have been hired by the State Transportation Dept.. I urge you to call and voice your complaints about this very dangerous practice, please call 651-296-3000.

There is to be a meeting with the lawyers for the defendants who will going to court on December 6th, Monday November 29th at the Gathering Grounds Coffee Shop on 34th Avenue and 50th Street Monday November 29th, 1999, between 8PM to 10PM, If you are a witness you will also need to talk with the lawyers, please bring pictures , video tapes, and/or testimony. If you can not attend this meeting, please check the website for the lawyers phone numbers so that they can speak with you before the court date. If you would like to contribute to the legal defense fund please send donations to " Stop the Reroute of Highway 55", Riverside Bank, 1801 Riverside Avenue, P.O. Box 582419, Minneapolis, MN 55458-2419.

Once again I invite all of you to join us tomorrow, November 25th, for a day of fellowship at the Four Oaks Spiritual Encampment 2-5PM, Potluck. May this holiday be a time of peace, and reflection. Our prayers and love go out to all of you for your continuous support through this difficult 14 months of the occupation and struggle to save this Sacred Land. 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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