Governor's Appointment Draws Praise and Applause from Local Somali Community

Governor Dayton with Metropolitan Airports Commissioner Ibrahim Mohamed at the Brian Coyle Community Center.

It’s not everyday that a Governor's appointment gets special attention, reception or special interest from local and international media.

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The original visionaries of Lao Minnesota: Phouninh and Khoutong Vixayvong

For the Lao in Minnesota, heritage preservation was robust and vital in building community roots in the late 80s through early 90s.

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Obama nominates Katherine Simonds Dhanani as first U.S. Ambassador to Somalia in 24 years

President Barack Obama has nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in 24 years.

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Understanding the Hmong story

Learn why the Hmong people immigrated to the United States in this short video created by Hmong Pioneers youth interns.

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Council on Black Minnesotans announces ‘aggressive’ agenda during its ‘Day on the Hill’

Credit: Jonathunder, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Black population in Minnesota has increased by at least six times since the Council on Black Minnesotans (COBM) was founded in 1980.

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The Chinese Lao American with a Southern Laos Soul

If you grew up with the Lao community in the heart of Minneapolis, the cozy and heavily stocked aisles of New Orient Market was a familiar scene.

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Holding onto your heritage: Somali traditions keep family roots intact while chasing the American dream

Photo credit: ThreeSixty

My mother came to America for one reason and one reason only. The “American Dream.”

What she didn’t know was the land we held onto might be sacrificed for that dream.

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Coming back to your community: A nonprofit aimed at Somali women pushes for empowerment, education

Photo: ThreeSixty

Walking through the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis, a long, winding hallway greets me. The lighting is dim and the walls are bare.

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Lao leadership we can look up to

Sabaidee, everyone, and happy new year.

It's been a long time since I last posted and there are so many exciting things I want to share with all of you.

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