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Below is a comment received from a Midwest activist on the recent exchange of letters between the chiefs of Split Lake Cree Nation and Pimicikamak Cree Nation, and my response to the activist. Ann Stewart, US information officer, PCN
stewartship@visi.com

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Dear Ann:
From reading these letters I see a tribe beaten. The Split Lake Cree have waived their rights and are now dealing with the devil. I feel the same emotions for their people as I do the Pimicikamak Cree because they are a people who have been beaten by Mega Hydro. They are a people who have lost their will to fight for their rights. This is so unfortunate and saddening.

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Dear Activist:
There may be some SL Crees who are not beaten, but their leadership might be in a pact with the devil. Split Lake is now going to show up at the ej/energy conference. It would be very useful for activists to register for the conference in advance and determine from the presentations what an appropriate response should be. You could also communicate your determination to stop buying power from Manitoba Hydro directly to Split Lake and Pimicikamak Cree Nation (thus giving hope to the people in all of the Cree communities who do not want more pacts with the devil). In New England and New York, Inuit who were in support of Hydro Quebec were trotted around at the same time the James Bay Crees were opposing the planned destruction of the Great Whale River for mega-hydrodevelopment: Americans quickly caught on.

I continue to believe that cultural and environmental stresses on the Crees and their boreal forest/lakes environment are a result of our current and future energy demand and therefore we, American energy users, need to find solutions on our side of the border.

(http://department/stthomas.edu/environment/EJConf.htm)