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 firstname.lastname@example.org/noreroute/Highway_55_occupation 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
Governer Jesse Ventura Phone: (651) 297-9500 State Capitol Building 75 Constitution Ave. St. Paul, MN 55155 mailto:Jesse.Ventura@state.mn.us 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 mailto:email@example.com 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 mailto:Bruce_Babbitt@IOS.DOI.GOV President William Clinton Phone: (202) 4565-1414 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20500 MAILTO:President@whitehouse.gov Vice President Al Gore Phone: (202) 4565-1414 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington DC, 20500 MAILTO:VicePresident@whitehouse.gov 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 can...be it money or supplies. PLEASE HELP PROTECT OUR SACRED SITES!