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
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
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
Tuesday, February 1, 2000
TWELFTH ORDER OF BUSINESS
Introduction and First Reading of Senate Bills
The following bills were read the first time and referred to the committees
Senators Anderson, Krentz and Marty introduced--
S.F. No. 2453: A bill for an act relating to the environment; requiring an
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.
(Information Officer, Pimicikamak Cree Nation)
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.