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KWE.Strong triathalon connects Indigenous women to the power of water and each other [VIDEO]

Kwe.Strong, a group founded by Native women for Native women, creates community while increasing strength and endurance. They’re holding their fourth triathlon at Thomas Beach on Saturday, August 22. In this triathlon, women run or walk a five-mile or 10-mile distance, bike nine miles and canoe across Mde Maka Ska, or Lake Calhoun.

When the women cross the finish line, they see the Ojibwe word “Mino-bimaadiziwin,” which means, “Live a good life.” Hear two of the co-founders talk about event and why they feel it’s important. Click here to see the video Continue Reading

Franklin Open Streets showcases a slice of life on the Ave

From Cedar  to Chicago Avenue..sweltering humidity or not, folks showed up for another summer edition of Open Streets. This time the spotlight was on Franklin Avenue-home to the largest population of urban Native Americans in the country. Franklin Avenue is also home to one of the oldest libraries in the city and many Somali and East African folks. Open Streets brought them all together for a day of bicycling and walking down one of the most diverse places in the city. See for yourself… Continue Reading

Photos by Kayla Steinberg

Indigenous People’s Day becomes a reality in Saint Paul

Since 1937, Columbus Day has been recognized as a national holiday. On August 12th, St. Paul becomes the sixth city in the United States to swap that holiday for Indigenous People’s Day. This marks the beginning of a hard fought effort to heal a deep wound at the heart of this nation. The resolution was sponsored by Ward One Council member Dai Thao and sailed through council chambers on a seven-zero vote. Members of the Native American community and the Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission drafted the original document. Continue Reading

Dancers take over Lake Street, with the statue of General Emiliano Zapata in the background.

More than just another statue, Zapata dedication brings countries and communities together

Have you noticed the bronze statue in Plaza Centenario, the pocket park at the corner of 12th Avenue and Lake Street? The statue of General Emiliano Zapata, a hero to many Mexicans and a leader who fought for rights for peasants in the Mexican Revolution, was a gift to Minneapolis from the Mexican state of Morelos and installed here in 2013. Amid much fanfare, it finally became official. Latinos Unidos por la Cultura y el Arte (LUCA) hosted the unveiling of a dedication on the statue at last Sunday’s Open Streets event on Lake Street. Spectators participated in a celebration of General Emiliano Zapata and of this new community pocket plaza with speeches from the many community and government agencies that worked hard to bring the statue to this spot on Lake Street. Continue Reading

A dancer wearing the traditional Chinelo outfit during East Lake Open Streets

East Lake thrives during Open Streets

For the past five years, Minneapolis streets in summertime are turned into walkways, bike lanes and a place to enjoy community. East Lake Street last Sunday was no exception. It’s one of the most diverse streets in the city, and that spirit came out in force during Open Streets. If you missed it, here’s a photo sampling of the day.  

 

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The PGBC Marching Saints dance and drill team raise their fists during the Black National Anthem at intermission of the Rondo Days dance competition.

“Your Crew vs. My Crew” creates community amidst competition at Rondo Days [Photos]

The second annual “Your Crew vs. My Crew” dance competition finished out this year’s Rondo Days, which celebrates the black community that once thrived where I-94 now cuts through St. Paul.

“Every year we celebrate Rondo Days and the people and community who once stood there,” Leviticus Martin, the host of the event, proclaimed to a cheering audience during intermission of the competition. “So keep that in your minds and in your hearts when you come to Rondo Days, to the festival, to the parade, to the competition, that’s what it’s about. It’s about the community, it’s about love.”

The competition took place at Gangelhoff Arena on the Concordia University campus on Saturday, July 18th and lasted almost three hours. The competition and dance exhibition included nine crews from Minnesota, Indiana, and Nebraska. Continue Reading