August 16, 1988

Dale Robertson
Chief, USDA-Forest Service
14th St. & Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20013

Dear Mr. Robertson:

The cordial meeting of August 11, 1988 has fueled hopes that any amendments or additions the Forest Service might make to 36 CFR Section 251 will only enhance the traditional spiritual Religious Gatherings which the Rainbow Family has enjoyed on public lands for the past seventeen years.

Your sensitivity to our concern -- that the fundamental right of citizens to freely assemble on public land not be abridged or endangered --- and your agreement to an attitude of positive cooperation were both very encouraging. We pray you will wisely measure our written Special Operations Agreement against our verbal representations concerning the desirability of peaceful law enforcement which respects both the delicate ecological balance of national forest lands and the sanctity of personal privacy.

As was explained, no individual is authorized to speak for the Rainbow Council, which speaks by consensus. However, after our meeting, the Rainbow Council Legaliaison devised a method by which to keep the Rainbow Family and friends abreast of developments in your regulatory process through telephone, mail, and word of mouth. Your agreement to provide us with copies of your proposed rulemaking prior to publication in the Federal Register will, of course, be instrumental to the success of this planned information network among members of the class.

Your agency can insure dissemination of information about the rulemaking among the "class," facilitate balanced participation in the process, thereby furthering the promulgation of a well-reasonedfinal rulemaking prior to publication by addressing copies to:
Rainbow Legaliaison
c/o Jim Johnson
P.O. Box 5722
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

Rainbow Legaliaison
c/o Peace Ray
c/o 2242 Inwood Rd.
Wilininton, Delaware 19810

Rainbow Legaliaison
c/o William Thomas
1440 N Street N.W. Apt. 410
Washington, D.C. 20005

Rainbow Legaliaison
c/o Mary Huddle
P.O. Box 27217
Washington, D.C. 20038

Rainbow Legaliaison
c/o David Massey
415 Butternut St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20012

Rainbow Legaliaison
c/o C.L. Winslow
P.O. Box 100
Del Rio, Tennessee 37737

Rainbow Legaliaison
c/o Montana Clan
P.O. Box 8574
Missoula, Montana 59807

Rainbow Legaliaison
New York Rainbow Family
P.O. Box 15577
New York, New York 10009

We reckon that with a minimum of three weeks advance notice the people will be in a position to iron out any rough edges that may surface in the wake of your preliminary rulemaking, thus enabling you to prepare a smooth regulatory proposal.

The professional and friendly demeanor of your entire staff make our meeting both pleasant and constructive.

Eager to assist you in constructing a world of peace and respect for the environment, we remain your friends in peaceful construction,

Acting scribe for the Rainbow Council Legaliaison
for the Rainbow Family Tribal Council.


George Leonard, Associate Chief, USDA-Forest Service
Steve Mealey, Assistant Chief, USDA-Forest Service
William Rice, Deputy Chief, USDA-Forest Service

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