2004-2005: Past Meetings and Events in Brief
PRINT/DISTRIBUTE GATHERING POSTER:
Midwest Treaty Network http://www.treatyland.com or
Nationhood Gathering at http://treaty.indigenousnative.org/gathering.html
Morris Dees, a co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will present a lecture titled "With Justice For All" for the Bakke Norman lecture series at the New Richmond High School gymnasium (701 E 11th St) on Wednesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be the ninth annual lecture presented in the Bakke Norman lecture series. The lecture is free and open to the public. According to Dees' biography at the Southern Poverty Law Center website, in 1967, lawyer Morris Dees had achieved extraordinary business and financial success with his book publishing company. The son of an Alabama farmer, he witnessed firsthand the painful consequences of prejudice and racial injustice. He sympathized with the Civil Rights Movement but had not become actively involved. A night of soul searching at a snowed-in Cincinnati airport changed his life, inspiring Dees to leave the safe, business-as-usual world and undertake a new mission."When my plane landed in Chicago, I was ready to take that step, to speak out for my black friends who were still 'disenfranchised' even after the Voting Rights Act of 1965," Dees wrote in his autobiography, A Season for Justice. "Little had changed in the South. Whites held the power and had no intention of voluntarily sharing it..."I had made up my mind. I would sell the company as soon as possible and specialize in civil rights law," Dees said. "All the things in my life that had brought me to this point, all the pulls and tugs of my conscience, found a singular peace. It did not matter what my neighbors would think, or the judges, the bankers, or even my relatives." Out of this deeply personal moment grew the Southern Poverty Law Center. Dees' efforts have helped bankrupt the KKK, imprisioned hate crime perpetrators and resulted in numerous other successes in defending civil rights. Dees was born in 1936 in Shorter, Alabama. He was active in agriculture during high school and was named the Star Farmer of Alabama in 1955 by the Alabama Future Farmers of America. Dees attended undergraduate school at the University of Alabama where he founded a nationwide direct mail sales company that specialized in book publishing. After graduation from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1960, he returned to Montgomery, Alabama's capital, and opened a law office.
From: Mike Miles and Barb Kass
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 8:38 PM
Subject: Northwoods Peace Initiative--Arrowhead/Weston Power Line Can Be Stopped Tomorrow
Wednesday, February 2, may be the day that the Arrowhead/Weston power line is stopped once and for all!! Please come to the rally and Douglas County Board meeting where the vote as to whether the line will cross Douglas County will be taken. This is not only an environmental issue, it is a human rights issue as the Cree nation is facing utter devastation by the flooding of their land so Manitoba Hydro and American Transmission Company can sell cheap electricity for enormous profit. Please read the following letters from activists who have been spearheading opposition to the proposed line. Come to Superior, Wisconsin and join the final stand at the Douglas County Courthouse!!!
On Wednesday, Feb. 2, there will be a rally in Superior, WI against the proposed massive
Arrowhead-Weston Power Line. The rally will begin at 4:30pm and will be held in front of the Douglas County Courthouse on Hammond Ave.
Following the rally, the Douglas County Board will be holding a meeting/hearing on the issue at 6pm. The Board will be voting at this meeting on the power line, so it's CRUCIAL that as many people as possible attend both the rally and the Board meeting. At the Board meeting there will be over an hour set aside for public testimony.
The Arrowhead-Weston line is a for profit project that will most likely result in an economic, health, safety and environmental nightmare for northern Wisconsin and Minnesota residents. It's purpose is to take cheap electricity from Manitoba Hydro (a hydro dam complex in Canada that has displaced and devastated the Cree) and sell it at a huge profit in the Chicago/SE Wisconsin area. The Douglas
County Board meeting is our last, best chance to stop this line!
See Save Our Unique Lands (SOUL)
5:30 pm Saturday, October 2 Husky Stadium, St. Cloud, Minnesota for the game between St. Cloud State University and the University of North Dakota
Please meet at the American Indian Center at the SW corner of the SCSU campus
(720 Fourth Ave.) at 4:45 pm for pizza and sign-making.
Sponsored by several student organizations at SCSU and UND, including All Tribes Council, Building Roads Into Diverse Groups Empowering Students (BRIDGES), Campus Committee on Human Rights (CCHR) and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (MECha).
For information, contact Theresa at the American Indian Center at 320-308-5449.
We have also invited Robert Halstead and Cassandra Dixon to speak to the WWEP and the public/media about the threat of a high-level radioactive waste dump in the granite bedrock of the Wolf River Batholith. In 1985, the U.S. Department of Energy identified the Batholith as a “Proposed Potentially Acceptable Site” for an underground repository. By 2007, the USDoE needs to designate a new dump to replace the Yucca Mountain dump in Nevada, which will run out of capacity in 2037.
Robert Halstead was senior policy analyst for the Wisconsin Radioactive Waste Review Board in the 1980s, and today is Transportation Advisor to the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects. Cassandra Dixon is a longtime WI anti-nuclear organizer with Nukewatch.
The Wolf River Batholith underlies much of Shawano, Menominee, Waupaca, Langlade and Oconto counties
Black & white: http://treaty.indigenousnative.org/nuclearroutesbw.pdf
Wisconsin's Nuclear Watch Dog: http://www.wnwd.org
Wolf Watershed Educational Project,
c/o Midwest Treaty Network;
Eau Claire WI 54702;
Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota
encampment at Bloomington Bural site
August 31st, 2004
To All My Relations,
We, the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community (MMDC) and supporters, are trying to protect a burial mound of our Relatives located on South 34th Ave. in the City of Bloomington, Minnesota.
On Thursday, August 27th, 2004, Jim Anderson, Cultural Chairman of MMDC, was contacted to check into a dig that was going on out near the Airport. Upon arriving I was met by Jim Jones of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council.
Jim Jones asked us, Jim Anderson and Michael Scott, Tribal Chairman of MMDC, to step away from the dig site. Then we talked about what was going on at this site. He told us that a preliminary archeological survey was being done for the construction of a two level below ground parking ramp. He told me that this was an old home site and that they had found a garbage area for the homestead. Jim Jones told us they had also found skeletal remains of one of our Dakota Relatives. Jim Jones also said that the Remains had been partially impacted by a water line. Jim Jones also added that he had contacted the Shakopee Tribal Council. He added that the Shakopee Tribal Council had given him permission to repatriate the Remains across the street at a Certified Burial Mound at the Cerbian Building Site.
I, Jim Anderson, asked Jim Jones if the Mound that he was disturbing was a Certified Burial Mound. Jim Jones replied that the fact was that they would be removing these Remains in Ceremony. We requested that this sacred place should be preserved as it is, and how would we make this happen.
Jim Jones said it was too late to stop the project and that trying to stop the project would hurt the work that they already had in progress. We told him that nobody had contacted our community because we are not a Federally Recognized Tribe but this is our homeland. I was also concerned that no one at Prairie Island Dakota Community had been contacted and informed of this important matter. I told him that it was our duty as Dakotas to try and preserve the Burial Area as it is. Then Jim Jones told us that we had to leave the area of the dig site because they were done for the day.
After this conversation, we decided to contact the Prairie Island Dakota Community to see if they could help in protecting this Burial Mound. I called Doreen Hagen, Tribal Chairwoman at Prairie Island. She called back and talked with Jim Anderson, and let him know that she was in the process of contacting Shakopee to figure out what steps to take next. We also spoke with Chris Leith, a spiritual elder at Prairie Island, and at his request we are keeping vigil to watch over the remains of our Relatives.
We realize that what the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) is doing to protect the Remains is very good because many of the remains of our ancestors have been destroyed from construction projects across the country. So we thank them for their very important work. All we are asking for is that the efforts of the MIAC go one step further. This is an area where many mounds have been removed and the Remains either destroyed, put in Museums or Repatriated. Now that they have found this Burial Mound we ask that that it be protected and undisturbed. We ask this in the name of our ancestors, in their memory.
We simply and humbly ask that the land owners, developers and the City of Bloomington do the ethical thing in the Spirit of the White Buffalo Calf Woman. Her teachings instruct us that all four colors of man will come together in peace to protect the Earth for our future generations.
We know our ancestors used this sacred land on the bluffs of the Minnesota River to bury our Relatives. We are asking that this small mound be preserved for all mankind. As human beings the history of this area is all of ours to share.
We pray that the McGough Company, the developers and the City of Bloomington save this very sacred land as a Traditional Cultural Property and that they make this area a memorial to all the mounds and the bones of our Grandmothers and Grandfathers that have already been lost to progress.
Pidamaya (Thank You) Michael Scott Tribal Council Chairman Mendota Dakota Community Jim Anderson Cultural Chairman Mendota Dakota Community
Kevin Duchschere, Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 28, 2004
The partial remains of a Dakota Indian, discovered this week in the heart of a booming development zone in Bloomington, have placed at odds the state's official guardian of Indian life against one of its tribal bands.
On Friday, members of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota community set up a tepee and took up vigil near the grassy area where archaeologists uncovered the bones. They want the digging stopped, the hole refilled and the remains left undisturbed in perpetuity.
"Our duty as Dakota is to preserve this area as it is," said Jim Anderson, cultural chairman and historian for the Mendota Dakota.
But the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the liaison between the state and 11 tribal governments, intends to ceremoniously move the remains and others yet to be found across 34th Avenue S. to a certified Indian mound for reburial.
It's the best way to protect the remains from further disturbance, said Jim Jones, the council's cultural resource specialist.
And it also would clear the way for construction on the site by McGough Companies, which is planning a $700 million transit-oriented development between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America. The project tentatively is named Bloomington Central Station, after the nearby light-rail stop that begins operation in December.
Tim McGough, vice president of the Roseville-based company, said that they don't intend to proceed with the project until the matter of the remains is resolved. Construction in any event won't begin at least until next year, he said, since developers haven't yet decided just what they want to build there. Options include a hotel, water park, condominiums and offices.
Is it essential to build on the plot where the remains were found, which makes up less than an acre of the 45-acre parcel McGough is developing? "No," McGough said Friday.
He added: "Is it something we'd like to make use of? Absolutely."
That would require removal of the remains, thought to be part of one of a number of burial mounds the Dakota built on the bluffs high above the Minnesota River.
Some Indians consider that sacrilegious. The soil itself is sacred, they believe, because it has absorbed the flesh and blood of their ancestors, Anderson said.
"Every time they destroy one of these places, it's a continuation of the cultural genocide that happened here," he said.
The Mendota band and other groups succeeded in preserving a spring in south Minneapolis -- thought to be used in Dakota burial ceremonies -- that had been endangered by the rerouting of Hwy. 55.
Similar protests have been lodged about a planned housing development on Pilot Knob, an old Indian burial ground high above the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers in Mendota Heights.
Indian activists Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt joined about 40 others at the site Friday afternoon to oppose removing the remains. "We're drawing the line right here, and this practice must halt," Vernon Bellecourt said. Clyde Bellecourt led protesters up to the dig site, covered by a white tent and surrounded by a chain-link fence. Security guards yelled when a young woman crawled below the fence, grabbed a few quick snapshots of the tent's interior and hurried back out.
A guard marched up to Bellecourt. "The owners say you're trespassing," he said. "You've been trespassing for 500 years," Bellecourt replied.
After a few minutes of debate, the protesters returned to the tepee, rising along 34th Avenue S. in stark contrast to the light-rail line sweeping nearby. Jones said he has helped rebury the remains of 200 Indians. He said he's "100 percent" certain the remains found in Bloomington are those of an Indian, based on the site's history and comparisons to other skeletons.
In answer to Mendota band members who said they didn't want the remains disturbed, Jones said the remains already have been -- by a water line. He called the protesters' tactics "disrespectful" of the burial site.
"The remains have been impacted and the ground they're resting in has been disturbed," he said. "If [the protesters'] true heartfelt [intent] was to treat the remains respectfully, that wouldn't be happening."
BY PHILLIP PIÑA
St Paul Pioneer Press
A band of American Indians has set up camp outside an archaeological dig to ensure a newly found burial site near the Hiawatha light-rail line in Bloomington is treated properly.
The partial remains of a what is believed to be a Dakota native were unearthed Thursday during an archaeological survey at the corner of Old Shakopee Road and 34th Avenue in Bloomington. The survey was part of the preconstruction review of the 47-acre site to be redeveloped into office, retail and living space near the Bloomington Central Station of the new light-rail line.
"We are paying our respects," said Jim Anderson, the cultural chairman and historian for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community. About 20 members set up a vigil outside the site. They want the project halted.
The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council said the remains have been treated appropriately and will likely be relocated to a nearby preserved burial site.
Jim Jones, cultural resource specialist for the council, said protesters are trying to make a name for themselves and dishonored the burial site by going inside the fenced-off area.
The commotion should not hamper the $700 million development, said Tim McGough, vice president of developer McGough Cos. The burial site, part of an old homestead and now a grassy area among office buildings that have sprouted up over the years, occupies about an acre of the 47-acre planned development.
The project is in its earliest stages, and no construction will likely begin until next year. McGough said his company will work with American Indian groups to ensure the remains are treated properly and to resolve the issue.
In the 1800s, a map was made of the American Indian mounds in the Bloomington area. Whenever there is a proposed development on any of the sites, an archaeological exploration is first required, said Larry Lee, Bloomington's community development director.
There are a number of commercial and residential developments that have been built over the years around the existing mounds, including an office building across Old Shakopee Road from the proposed site.
"The city has a clear policy abiding to protect Native American burial sites," Lee said. "And we've had a very successful working relationship (with the Indian Affairs Council) over the years."
The remains could likely be transferred to the nearby burial mounds, officials said, though the archaeological survey will continue to review the site and any decision won't be made until there is a better understanding of the findings.
However, Anderson and his group don't want the remains moved. Even if it is determined the location should be preserved, the developers can simply alter their site plan to continue with the project, Lee said.
The Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community is not a federally recognized tribe, a designation its members have been seeking for years. The Indian Affairs Council is required to work with those tribes that are recognized and had made every effort to handle the remains found Thursday with dignity, Jones said.
Members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake issued a statement late Friday saying "appropriate cultural ceremonies have in fact been held during the entire process. Dakota Elders educated each person participating in the work at the site."
Jones said he has helped bury about 2,000 sets of American Indian remains over the years, many from situations similar to Bloomington's.
During their protest Friday, members of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota group ignored no trespassing signs and walked past plastic fences to peer into several dig sites. When they came across a metal fence protecting the location where the remains were found, several in the group broke through to get a glimpse.
Police were called, but most of the members returned to their spots on the sidewalk without incident.
US Army Corps of Engineers, St Paul District
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation,
American Transmission Company
Section 404 - Clean Water Act
and Section 10 - Rivers
and Harbors Act of 1899
In conjunction with the construction of an aerial 345kV electric transmission line the applicants have applied for Department of the Army permits to discharge fill material into waters and wetlands, and cross navigable waters. The project, referred to as the Arrowhead to Weston Transmission Line, extends about 208 miles from Oliver, Wisconsin to near Wausau, Wisconsin. The enclosed map indicated the approximate route of the proposed transmission line.
During the Public Notice comment period, our office received several requests for a public hearing, asking that an opportunity be provided to express concerns regarding potential impacts to sensitive resources. A public hearing will be held gathering additional information which will be considered in evaluating the permit decision for this project. The public hearing will be held from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Thursday August 19, 2004 at the LCO Casino Convention Center. The Center is located at 13767 West County Road B, about 4 miles east of Hayward, Wisconsin.
All interested parties, groups and agencies are invited to be present or be represented at this hearing. Oral statements will be heard, but for accuracy of the record, we request that Written statements be handed to the hearing officer or mailed to the St. Paul District, Corps of Engineers, at 190 Fifth Street East, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1638.
The record for this hearing will be kept open for 10 days following the hearing, to receive additional statements. All statements, both oral and written, will become part of the official record on the proposed project.
If you have any questions about the project, or the public hearing, please contact Mr. Tim Fell in our St. Paul office, at (651) 290-5360.
Robert J. Whiting
Chief, Regulatory Branch
From: Wisconsin Indian Education Association "Indian" Mascot
and Logo Task Force
Date: Saturday, April 24th, 2004
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Midwest Express Center, Milwaukee, WI
Regarding: WEAC Resolution Calling for the Elimination of "Indian" Mascots and Logos in Wisconsin's Public Schools
Resolution B-16, American Indian Education, is being presented at the Wisconsin Education Association Council Representative Assembly on Saturday, April 24th, at the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee. The Midwest Express Center is at 400 West Wisconsin Avenue.You can support this resolution by:
We look forward to seeing you bright and early!
A copy of the resolution and a link to a map to the Midwest Express Center is included.
For more information contact Frank Koehn, firstname.lastname@example.org .
B-16 American Indian Education
The WEAC encourages curriculum and teaching programs that foster respect for Wisconsin American Indian culture, history, treaty rights and sovereignty.
The Council recognizes that the use of American Indian mascots, nicknames, logos, and symbols within our public schools is offensive, and has a detrimental effect on the educational achievement of American Indian students.
The Council supports and recommends the elimination of American Indian mascots, nicknames, logos, fight songs, insignias, antics and team descriptors by all Wisconsin schools.
MAP LINK http://www.midwestexpresscenter.com/pdf/mapdirexMEC.pdf
Interstate Bridge Walk for Water
Saturday, April 17, 2004
12:00 noon snow, rain or shine!
Sponsored by the
Front 40 Environmental Group
Here's your opportunity to show concern about a potential metallic mineral mine near Shakey Lakes and the Menominee River. It's easy! Gather at Stephenson Island Park in Marinette, Wisconsin at the foot of the Interstate Bridge on Hwy 41. Feel free to bring your own "save our water / stop the mine" type of sign or we can provide you with one. Come on out and tell the community you care about our water and the environment we leave for future generations. Stephenson High School student Ashley Tebo will be honored for her award-winning billboard design featured on the Interstate Bridge during the month of April.
And Learn more about Metallic Mineral Mining in Menominee County Saturday,
April 17, 2004 3:00 pm UW-Marinette Theatre Building Sponsored by the
UW-Marinette Foundation Ask questions from a 5-member panel including
Menominee River Exploration Company
Mining Impact Coalition
Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Michigan Technological University
Free! Bring Family and Friends
University Relations Director
750 W. Bay Shore Street
Marinette, WI 54143
The next meeting of the Wolf Watershed Educational Project (WWEP) will be on Saturday, APRIL 3, 2004, MOLE LAKE Environmental Center (10 am-3 pm), on Sand Lake Road one block east of Hwy 55. We will be helping to plan an Open House at the former Crandon mine site in May, which will also coincide with the May WWEP meeting. The Open House will be a way for people to see the site, & show it to public officials, to support for the Wolf River Protection Fund. Mole Lake need help to pay off its $8 million purchase of half of the mine site. For information: www.WolfRiverProtectionFund.org or call 715-478-7605.
At our last meeting we learned about the opposition by Menominee & Trout Unlimited to the Polar springwater pumping proposal. Since then, the project owner has dropped the permit! See treaty.indigenousnative.org/polar.html We also learned about the threat of nuclear waste dumping in our granite bedrock. Nevada�s Yucca Mountain dump will be full in 2037, so by 2007 the Dep�t of Energy has to choose a new site. In the 1984-85, maps & studies identified our �Wolf River Batholith� as a �Proposed Potentially Acceptable Site� for a high-level radioactive �crystalline repository.� Background at http://www.wnwd.org
Wolf Watershed Educational Project, c/o Midwest Treaty Network; Box 1045, Eau Claire WI 54702; 715-833-8552/882-4800; email@example.com; Hotline: 800-445-8615 Background: www.treatyland.com or http://treaty.indigenousnative.org/victory.html
rom: Harvey Gunderson
On Friday, the Osseo-Fairchild School Board revised its agenda for the Monday night Board meeting to rescind its February vote to adopt a Ho-Chunk head logo and to take a new vote on a logo. The new agenda is apparently in response to warnings from Trempealeau County District Attorney Peter Gierok that legal action was likely because of apparent violations of the Wisconsin Open Meeting Law. The first warning letter from the DA to the School Board was dated February 20, 2004. The District Attorney's office stated that a second letter had been sent to the School Board on Friday, but the DA's office would not release a copy of the letter.
Theoretically (assuming both their minds and hearts aren't hardened), the opportunity to influence the Board's vote still exists by contacting the four members who support the logo. From the school website, their phone numbers are: Brian Boehnen, (715) 334-5800; Larry Moen, (715) 597-2281; Rollie Colby, (715) 597-6333; Curt Skoyen, (715) 597-3600.
The School Board meeting is still scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Monday in the Fairchild Elementary School gymnasium. Please try to attend in order to register your protest to this type of state-sponsored racism.
[For details, call Carol or Harvey Gunderson at 715-597-6668 or cell 715-797-9198]
The OSSEO-FAIRCHILD SCHOOL BOARD MEETING will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2004 in the gymnasium of the Fairchild Elementary School at 220 W. Main Street, Fairchild. The agenda includes the topic "First Reading-Osseo-Fairchild Logo Use Policy". There is a Public Comment period on the agenda preceding the logo matter. At past meetings, each person was limited to five minutes so plan accordingly.
Rollie Colby, Board clerk and Indian head logo supporter, was quoted in the local newspaper as saying as saying "the board will not reconsider its decision to adopt the recommendation" that the new logo be a Ho-Chunk head. In case you cannot attend the meeting but you want to express your views, Rollie Colby's phone number obtained from the school website is (715) 597-6333. Phone numbers from the school website of the other Indian head logo supporters are: Brian Boehnen, President, (715) 334-5800; Larry Moen, Vice President, (715) 597-2281; Curtis Skoyen, (715) 597-3600.
High school students will present a request to the Board that students be allowed to pick a new nickname/logo/mascot.
We cannot remain silent and allow this type of state-supported racism to continue. Make sure your voice is heard loud and clear!
[For further details or questions, contact Carol Gunderson (Oneida) or Harvey Gunderson at 715-597-6668 or cell 715-797-9198.]
DIRECTIONS TO THE FAIRCHILD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FROM OSSEO:
Take US 10 east 14 miles to the intersection of US 10 & 12 at Fairchild. Proceed north from the intersection of US 10 & 12 for a half mile on US 12, turn right (east) on W. Main, and proceed east a quarter mile to the very end of W. Main into the school parking lot.
FROM EAU CLAIRE:
Fairchild is about 35 miles southeast of Eau Claire. From Eau Claire, there are two good routes. One is to take Interstate 94 east 20 miles to Osseo (exit 88) and then take US 10 east 14 miles to the intersection of US 10 & 12 at Fairchild. Proceed north from the intersection of US 10 & 12 for a half mile on US 12, turn right (east) on W. Main, and proceed east a quarter mile to the very end of W. Main into the school parking lot.
The other route from Eau Claire is to take U.S. 12 east from Eau Claire about 30 miles thru Fall Creek and Augusta to Fairchild. Turn left (east) on W. Main, and proceed east a quarter mile to the very end of W. Main into the school parking lot.
Take Hwy 29 west to Stanley, then south on County H approximately 25 miles thru Fairchild to the intersection of US 10 & 12. Proceed north from the intersection of US 10 & 12 for a half mile on US 12, turn right (east) on W. Main, and proceed east a quarter mile to the very end of W. Main into the school parking lot.
FROM BLACK RIVER FALLS:
Take U.S. 12 west thru Merrillan and Humbird about 21 miles to Highway 10, then west 3 miles to where US 10 and US 12 split and 12 turns off to the right. Proceed north a half mile on US 12, turn right (east) on W. Main, and proceed east a quarter mile to the very end of W. Main into the school parking lot.
FROM STEVENS POINT:
West on US 10 to Fairchild to where US 10 and US 12 split and 12 turns off to the right. Proceed north a half mile on US 12, turn right (east) on W. Main, and proceed east a quarter mile to the very end of W. Main into the school parking lot.
Wednesday, March 10th at 6pm
South Patio, UIUC Student Union, Quad,
University of Illinois-Champaign
Dozens of organizations, including the PRC, have joined forces to launch a Month of Anti-"Chief" Action to communicate to the Board of Trustees the groundswell of support that exists for eliminating the "Chief" and communicating to them the urgency of doing so in March 2004. As part of the Month of Action, every week we have been posting an Action Alert asking our supporters to contact a different Trustee to encourage them to vote against "Chief Illiniwek." http://www.prairienet.org/prc/prcanti.html
The Board of Trustees decided to table the vote on Chief Illiniwek again!! But the Rally with go on!
"U. of I. trustee withdraws bid to ax Illiniwek"
"For the second time in the last four months, U. of I. trustee Frances Carroll has decided to pull her motion to retire the chief."
"In an interview Wednesday, Carroll acknowledged she still didn't have a "consensus'' on whether to oust the chief and therefore would not introduce the proposal at the board's March 11 meeting on the Urbana-Champaign campus."
"We don't have enough votes to retire it nor to vote [the resolution] down,'' she said.
"She's received more than 500 calls and letters on the issue, equally split on what to do."
ALL SUPPORTERS SEND YOUR EMAIL OR SNAIL MAIL TODAY To the University of Illinois Board of Trustees:
Demand the immediate and unconditional elimination of "Chief Illiniwek" as the mascot and symbol of the University of Illinois.
"We ... are telling you that we DO NOT WANT THIS MASCOT. We are telling this university that this symbol, which supposedly honors us, dishonors us; that this mascot projects a stereotypical image; and that this mascot mocks and belittles us. We, the public, are telling this university that the eagle feather and facial paint have specific spiritual meaning to us." Bill Winneshiek, Ho-Chunk, U of IL, Student
The trustees have a secretary who forwards all mail to them so that makes it very easy. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject, put PLEASE FORWARD. Start the letter with the salutation Dear Members of the Board of Trustees and a copy will be forwarded to each trustee.
OR go to http://www.uillinois.edu/trustees/ and click on Contact at the top of the page. An email box will open. Again be sure to address your message to Dear Trustees or Dear Members of the Board of Trustees so that it goes to all of them. This web page also contains info about the trustees if you would like to send individual letters to any or all trustees.
Snail Mail: Mail a single letter addressed to all the trustees to:
Board of Trustees
University of Illinois
c/o Prof. Michele Thompson
352 Henry Admin Bldg MC-350
506 S Wright St.
FAX: (217) 244-2282
The next meeting of the Wolf Watershed Educational Project will be on Saturday, February 21, 2004, in White Lake (10 am-3 pm). It will be at Buettner's Wild Wolf Inn, on Highway 55 in Langlade County, just north of the border with the Menominee Nation.
On the agenda will be the Wolf River Protection Fund to help Mole Lake complete its half of the Crandon mine site purchase, and the on-going conflict over proposed springwater pumping in Polar (between White Lake and Antigo). The pumping is opposed by Trout Unlimited and the Menominee Nation, because of its potential effect on the Little Wolf River, which flows into the Wolf River. Doug Cox of the Menominee Nation will report on the issue.
Midwest Treaty Network
P.O. Box 1045
Eau Claire WI 54702
WISCONSIN'S NUCLEAR WATCH DOG http://www.wnwd.org
We need your help. Please take a moment to call your State Representative and ask her/him to vote no on AB 555. Let them know that you support clean, safe power, not risky, expensive nuclear power. To find your legislator�s contact information, go to: �http://www.legis.state.wi.us/waml/ or call 1-800-362-9472.
Nuclear power is not safe. Transporting nuclear waste on our highways and railroads puts human health and the environment at risk. One accident at a nuclear power plant or on the highway could devastate a community and destroy Wisconsin�s tourism economy. Nuclear power plants and nuclear waste storage can also provide a target for terrorists. Wisconsin�s nuclear power plants and waste storage are located near Lake Michigan; more than 35 million people rely on Lake Michigan for drinking water.
�Nuclear power is not clean. Nuclear power plants generate nuclear waste, one of the most toxic substances on earth. Nuclear waste must be stored for thousands of years�longer than any government or civilization has lasted�and there is still no good solution for dealing with nuclear waste. Why create more radioactive waste when there is no good solution for the waste we already have?
Nuclear power is not cheap. The federal government subsidizes the nuclear industry to the tune of billions of dollars each year. One major accident at one of Wisconsin�s two nuclear plants would cost between $40 and $50 billion dollars in property damage. According to WE Energies, the utility that owns the Point Beach nuclear plant in Wisconsin, it would cost more than $2 billion to build a new nuclear plant. �
Sign the petition! No more nuclear waste in Wisconsin: http;//www.cleanwisconsin.org.
For more information: http://www.cleanwisconsin.org/campaigns/nuclear/index.html or www.wnwd.org
� Contact your State Representative, and, if you have time, also call your State Senator. For their contact information, please go to http://www.legis.state.wi.us/waml/ or call 1-800-362-9472.
Mining Campaign�Director &
(formerly Wisconsin's Environmental Decade)
Wisconsin Stewardship Network
122 State Street Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703
Call to action to come to the Viroqua area School Board Meeting Feb. 16.
-We need people to come fill the school board meeting, observe and help put pressure on Viroqua to take action to remedy their perpetuation of Indian stereotypes through their recent production of Little Mary Sunshine
-The meeting will start at 7:30pm at the Viroqua Elementary School right behind the high school 701 Education Ave, Viroqua WI
We are trying to get an educational remedy and the school district as of yet has not responded. Please come for support!
Background on "Little Mary Sunshine" play in Viroqua at http://treaty.indigenousnative.org/nomascot_play.html
Action Alerts are circulating requesting support from organizations and witness of individuals at the Viroqua Area School Board meeting on Monday Feb. 16. We plan to ask VASB to work with WIEA, WSHRA, NASA LaCrosse, MTN and others to effect change. We will suggest possible actions including performances of KICK. If you are an organizational representative who is speaking on the agenda, please send the following contact information TODAY: Name, Organization Represented, Phone, (e-mail), Street Address directly to Matt Stewart email@example.com or to me at Barb@Munson.net
Matt will then get us on the agenda during the Public Commentary portion of the agenda which is at the beginning of the meeting. Be prepared to speak briefly as the VASB has keept comments to 5 minutes at past meetings. If you plan to participate as a witness observer, please consider writing letters to school board, DPI and media after the meeting.
The VASB meeting will start at 7:30pm at the Viroqua Elementary School right behind the High School at 701 Education Ave, Viroqua WI.
Barb Munson (715) 693-6238
On Monday, February 16, there will be a rally of supporters of the YES vote in Tuesday's referendum on the DeJope Casino and Revenue Sharing Agreements.� Please note the location of Monday's rally has been moved to the Sheraton Hotel. It will now be in the Capitol Room from 6 - 8 p.m..
The Midwest Treaty Network is a member of the Coalition for the Fair Indian Gaming and Revenue Sharing Agreements.� For MTN, this is not simply a referendum about a casino. The vote is also about tribal sovereignty, economic equality, and ultimately about fairness. The national anti-gaming backlash is being directed only against tribes, not against state governments. The backlash has often been initiated by non-Indian interests that profit from gaming. It also comes from anti-Indian sovereignty networks and politicians (such as Arnold Schwarzenegger), who have led the charge in other parts of the country.
Supporting the Ho-Chunk Nation today is a continuation of our 15 years of work with Wisconsin tribes on treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, and Native/non-Native environmental cooperation. The Ho-Chunk alliance with labor unions and others is an positive and encouraging development.
For more information:
Coalition for the Fair Indian Gaming and Revenue Sharing Agreements
List of Coalition supporters at http://www.yesontheagreements.org/supporters.html
Midwest Treaty Network http://www.treatyland.com
MTN page on DeJope http://treaty.indigenousnative.org/indian_bashing.html
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