Resolution of the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District
Date February 20, 2002
WHEREAS, Bills (HF 3037 and SF 3158) have been introduced in the Legislature of the State of Minnesota to repeal Laws 2001, Chapter 101, Section 1; and
WHEREAS, there may not exist presently any other laws or regulations to protect adequately the water flow to Camp Coldwater Springs; and
WHEREAS, the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District ("LMRWD") agrees with many others that it is very important to protect the water flow to Camp Coldwater Springs.
NOW THEREFORE, the LMRWD requests that the Bills not be adopted in the present form; and
FURTHER, it may be that a bill that addresses and clarifies the existing statute should be adopted.
American Indian Movement
2400 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
RESOLUTION NUMBER 2002-14
WHEREAS, the American Indian Movement is organized to promote understanding of the respective rights of Indian peoples of the American Continent, and
WHEREAS, the American Indian Movement is organized to promote the understanding and awareness of the religious heritage of Native peoples of the American continent, and
WHEREAS, the American Indian Movement is organized to promote the effective management and control by Indian peoples over resources on Indian lands, and
WHEREAS, the American Indian Movement has determined that Indian peoples have a historical and cultural relationship to Camp Coldwater Spring, a sacred site, historically known as the birthplace of Minnesota, located on federal land adjacent to Fort Snelling, should be protected in its pristine state,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Indian Movement at its regularly scheduled meeting of the National Board of Directors held in Malibu, California, February 15, 16, 17, 2002 hereby respectfully requests that the Minnesota State legislature do not repeal Chapter 101-I Section 1, passed by the legislature May 11, 2001 and signed into law by Governor Jesse Ventura, May 15, 2001, wherein Camp Coldwater Springs is protected from diminished flow of water by the state, or a unit of metropolitan government, or political subdivision of the state.
The above Resolution 2002-14 is a validly binding resolution adopted by a vote of 7-0-0 by the American Indian Movement Board of Directors at a duly constituted meeting held on February 15 -17, 2002 and such resolution has not been rescinded or repealed in any manner.
Dennis Banks, Chairman
Susan Aasen, Secretary
Sacred Sites International Foundation
Sacred Sites International Foundation supports the 2001 Coldwater Protection Law and now urges Minnesota State Legislators not to amend or repeal the protections which they legally established.
The site is the birthplace of the State of Minnesota and its natural character should not be compromised. Camp Coldwater is a registered National Historic Landmark with deep sacred and historic importance to Native Americans, African Americans, and people of European heritages.
We urge Minnesota's State Legislators to uphold the 2001 Coldwater Protection Law.
RESOLUTION of the CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS
Supporting the State of Minnesota in protecting the natural flow of Camp
Whereas, the Federal Highway Administration has called on the Minnesota
Department of Transportation to do additional testing and monitoring of
the site to determine a dewatering rate that will not affect the flow
rate at the Springs;
Whereas, the extension of Crosswind Runway 4-22 at the Minneapolis-St.
Paul International Airport has been postponed indefinitely in
Whereas, Camp Coldwater is a registered National Historic Landmark that
figures prominently in Native American, European American, and African
American history in Minnesota;
Whereas, Camp Coldwater lies entirely within the Mississippi National
River and Recreation Area (MNRRA);
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by The City Council of The City of Minneapolis:
Be It Further Resolved that the City calls on our State Legislators not to amend or repeal these protections for historic Camp Coldwater Springs.
RESOLUTION of the of the Minneapolis Park Board
Whereas: Camp Coldwater Springs is an historical asset, the birthplace of Minnesota;
Whereas: Camp Coldwater Springs is a site sacred to many Native Americans;
Whereas: Camp Coldwater Springs is a bellwether of the health of the area's underground water;
Whereas: The recent 30% drop in flow to Camp Coldwater Springs may be a direct result of construction at the Interchange of Hwys 55 and 62;
Whereas: The underground water in the Hiawatha Corridor is a vital link for our Chain of Lakes;
Whereas: Our Lakes, such as Nokomis and Hiawatha, may be damaged by actions of MnDOT to build an interchange at Hwys 55 and 62;
Whereas: The Minnehaha Park area may lose a vital asset for walkers and runners;
Whereas: The function of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is to protect the environmental resources of the City of Minneapolis and the Metropolitan area;
Therefore, Be it resolved that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board support Senator Julie Sabo in her efforts to save Camp Coldwater Springs and protect our Minnehaha Watershed area;
And Be it Further Resolved: We oppose any legislation to delete the protection for Camp Coldwater Springs from the Minnesota Highway Authorization Bill.