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Pro-Cree Legislation:  Update from Diane Peterson with a forwarded message from Ann Stewart

Ann Stewart, Information Officerfor Pimicikamak Cree Nation, sends out this notice (see below) today.  The "concerned Minnesotans" are Tim Silverthorn and Diane Peterson--and Ann, since she is a also a temporary resident of our state.  I am working with two House Representatives, Alice Hausman of St. Paul and Bill Hilty of Finlayson, to get a companion bill introduced in the House.  A companion bill is crucial for success.  This morning, Rep. Hilty met with me about him taking on the lead role in the House on this bill.  He expressed his willingness to do this if he can get clarification from Senator Anderson about some questions he has about the bill.  He is very pro-conservation on energy, he seems to agree with me that we should reduce our consumption, and also be more efficient with the energy we use.  This is very encouraging!

Your suggestions for me are most welcome.



At the request of concerned Minnesotans, State Senators Ellen Anderson, Jane Krentz and John Marty this week introduced Senate File No. 2453 (the hydro review bill). The bill is simple: it merely requires that out-of-state hydroelectric facilities meet the same environmental reporting requirements as in-state facilities.

What You Can Do

1. Thank the Senators for introducing this bill and express your support.

2. Contact your own State Senator (and Representative) and ask them to support the bill.

3. Ask the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to hold a hearing during THIS YEAR'S legislative session (which is a short one!).

4. Ask your conservation organization, tribal government and faith community to endorse and support the passage of this crucial environmental legislation.

5. Tell your friends in Minnesota...and please distribute this email.

Senator Ellen Anderson (DFL/St. Paul): 651-296-5537;

Senator Jane Krentz (DFL/May Township): 651-296-7061;

Senator John Marty (DFL/Roseville): 651-296-5645;

Committee on  Environment and Natural Resources: 651-296-1113

State of Minnesota
Eighty-First Legislature
Sixty-Eighth Day
Tuesday, February 1, 2000
12:00 Noon


Introduction and First Reading of Senate Bills

The following bills were read the first time and referred to the committees indicated ...

Senators Anderson, Krentz and Marty introduced--

S.F. No. 2453: A bill for an act relating to the environment; requiring an environmental impact statement for the purchase of additional power derived from a hydropower generation facility; amending Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 116D.04, subdivision 2a.

Referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Thank you for any time and help you can offer.

Ann Stewart
(Information Officer, Pimicikamak Cree Nation)
p: 612.871.8404
f: 612.871.7922

This material is distributed by Ann Stewart (USDOJ FARA #5313) on behalf of Pimicikamak Cree Nation. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington DC.