Mendota community URGENTLY seeks assistance

Camp day 147

Hunkered down at the new encampment.


Sleeping conditions day 149

When you hear they need good winter sleeping bags and fire wood at the encampment you better believe it.
Another RV wouldn't hurt either. It was -6 this AM when I found this sleeping soul.


This is an update on the Mendota Medewakanton Dakota Community, Highway 55
situation in Minnesota.

From conversations this evening with Linda M. Brown, Exec. Officer and Leo
Ronneng, of the Mendota Community we have learned that individuals from the
community/encampment attempted to retrieve items, confiscated from the
encampment during the December 20th raid, from the impound lot today.

The Big Drum, which was believed to have been smashed during the raid, was no
where to be seen.  1 out of the 3 Hand Drums was returned, and 1 Kerosene
Heater.  Among a few other things that were able to be retrieved were a few of
the tents which had been detroyed - the rest were unaccounted for.   There were
6 truck loads of confiscated items from the houses that were plowed under, and
from the encampment.   When it came time to claim the items from the impound
lot, there was only 1 truck load (barely) of stuff.

Eagle feathers, wrapped in red cloth, were also confiscated during the raid,
however when those individuals went to claim them, they were not there.  The
excuses given for the all the missing items were that most of the stuff had been
"plowed under" during the raid.

As of Thursday, January 7th, a 10-day 'stay' was granted, meaning that there is
a 10-day injunction against any action from the State of Minnesota to the
spring, the trees, or the encampment.  This is supposed to allow time for the
Judge to review the Environmental issues and the Native American issues.
According to Linda M. Brown, the Judge appeared to be sympathetic, especially to
the Native American issues.

From a phone call that Leo Ronneng received during our conversation, it appears
that the MN State's Attorney and Attorney General's Office has told the Federal
Dept. of Justice that the Attorney for the Mendota does not wish to negotiate,
which is not true.  It is the State of Minnesota that does not wish to negotiate
with the Mendota.

At this time, the people at the encampment are still in dire need of warm
clothing, coats, snow gear, heaters, and food.  If anyone has or knows of anyone
who has used Snowmobile suits, or ski jackets, etc., our people up there could
really use them.   NOTE:  Clothing sizes in the XL and double XL are needed.
Also still needed are tents, sleeping bags, blankets.   Thank you for the
assistance.

In Struggle,

Kathy Morning Star
AIM-AZ / AIM-TX


1/16/99 - Here is an updated list of current needs for those occupying the site;
The Mendota Community encampment is still in desperate need.  Our people still only
have one camp stove and one kerosene heater.  They also need full face stocking caps,
gloves, CarHarts (heavy coveralls), snow suits, ski jackets, parkas, winter clothing,
long underwear, RVs, tipis, tents, cement, chain, polypropylene rope, climbing rope
and gear, cobras, kryptonite bike locks, bike cables, padlocks, foam pads, sleeping
bags, boots, wedges, mauls, wood, propane, dried and canned  food, communications
systems (i.e., walkie talkies, 2 way radios, scanners), flashlights, batteries,
a laptop, cameras, and a printer.

Please circulate widely and ask friends and neighbors for what they can spare.
Clothing needs to be in the Large, X-Large, and 2X Large sizes.

Financial assistance is still needed also.  
     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 know that it is right after the holidays however, we ask that everyone
send what they can...be it money or supplies. PLEASE HELP PROTECT OUR SACRED
SITES!


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