Vigil for slain Kenyan family in Minnesota

Kenyans in Minnesota held a vigil in the city of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota on Wednesday October 20 to mourn the death of Bilha Omare, 32, and her two children 12-year-old Kinley Ogendi and 9-yea

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Tribal Law and Order Act’s XI addresses Indian women sexual assault issues

Nicole Mathews is Executive Director of MN Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition.

On July 29, President Barack Obama signed into law the Tribal Law and Order Act, sponsored by Sen. Biron Doran, Dem.-N.D., and Sen. John Thude, Rep.-S.D., which gives Tribal courts tougher sentencing powers for crimes and calls for an improvement in coordination between tribal and federal law enforcement.

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Timothy and Me: Disposition of my IAU complaint against Police Chief Tim Dolan

There has been much ado about Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan's reluctance to discipline officers in cases sustained by the Civilian Review Authority (CRA). The reasons he was giving for his no-discipline decisions were a clear violation of the CRA ordinance.

Everyone who has served on the CRA Board for the past several years agrees with that proposition.

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Opening hearts and minds

On June 12, 2000, Barbara Schneider was killed by Minneapolis police officers.

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FBI raid victims get sympathetic ear at Klobuchar office

For the third week in a row activists rallied in support of the targets of the FBI raids on September 24. This time in front of US Senator Amy Klubuchar's office.

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Two vigils focus on single issue: preventing bullying

Two candlelight vigils focused on ending bullying in Minnesota schools last week.

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Minnesota Mamaleh: About help

"Help me, Mama!" my kids say so easily, willingly, trustingly. Help me slice my apple, tie my shoe, ride my bike. The words roll right off their tongues. Totally and completely confident that I will help them. With everything that I've got. And then some.

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Prison cutbacks increase security risks for everyone, officers say

Erosion in prison staffing is creating serious security risks for workers and the public, according to more than 250 corrections officers and allies who rallied outside Stillwater Correctional Facility Tuesday. In Stillwater, six correctional officers used to guard each unit of about 300 inmates. Now there are only four officers to do the same job, said John Hillyard, a sergeant at Stillwater and a member of AFSCME Local 600. 

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My unforgettable lesson of the RNC

Police in riot gear at the 2008 Republican National Convention in downtown Saint Paul (Photo: nigelparry.com)

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Anti-bullying bill to be filed in special session

Two Minneapolis legislators are reintroducing the Safe Schools for All bill during an upcoming special legislative session called to deal with tornado and flood damage by storms late this summer. Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Jim Davnie, both DFL-Minneapolis, said that Minnesota is facing an emergency when it comes to school bullying and suicide following news that four LGBT students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District took their own lives after facing harassment by their peers.

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