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Press Release*Press Release*Press Release*Press Release*Press Release*


Where:  Hennepin County Government Center

When:  Monday, December 6th, 1999, 9:00 AM

What:  The State of Minnesota is prosecuting 25 people for attempting to save Native 
American sacred sites and Minnehaha Park from the destruction caused by the Minnesota 
Department of Transportation's attempt to reroute Highway 55.

The Minnehaha 25 will face a group trial and face charges ranging from trespassing to 
failure to obey a peace officer.  Most of the defendants are being prosecuted for 
non-violent civil disobedience or non-violent direct action during the months of July 
and August of 1999.  These defendants put their bodies in harm's way to attempt to 
stop the widespread destruction that now scars Minnehaha Park.   Many of the 
defendants are members of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community and other Native 
American First Nations and will be challenging their charges as violations of their 
Treaty Rights. Others will be mentioning the other flagrant violations of Federal Law 
that MnDoT has been guilty of during this road project.  Also, charges of 
discrimination will be brought against the Minneapolis Police Department and Minnesota 
State Troopers for their selective arrests of Native Americans  and their gross 
misconduct against civilians exercising their First Amendment Rights.

There will be a Rally held at 8:30 AM on December 6th in the Atrium of the Hennepin 
County Government Center in Downtown Minneapolis. The defendants will be available for 
interviews with the media. Please come and support them during the trial, or call the 
Hennepin County Prosecutor's office and demand that these charges be dropped.

Press Contact Number (612) 910-0730
Press Contact Person:  Jim Anderson

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