The Indigenous Peoples Task Force (IPTF) has launched a new program to help prevent youth suicides. Native youth have the highest rate of suicide in comparison to youth of other racialized groups, and it is the greatest risk of death for Native people in this age group. Unlike other prevention programs in the state, the program is culturally specific and will focus on learning the signs of suicide and encouraging the community to lean on and support each other through honest communication about suicide and mental health.
At restaurant Marhaba Grill, Chef Mohamed Hegazi is cooking hearty iftar meals for those fasting during Ramadan. According to owner Mohamed Shehata, a recent buffet included selections such as duck, salmon, shrimp, lamb shank and stuffed cabbage. “People eat every single day and they don’t appreciate what God gives them,” said customer Abdi Nasir.
Citing the language as too “vague,” Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a Republican-led bill that would increase penalties on individuals engaging in public protest such as blocking mass transit to the same level as those for fifth-degree assault and domestic abuse. House Democrats tended to express support for the veto, while Republicans were frustrated with the governor’s decision. Before the veto was announced, Rep. Raymond Dehn, DFL-Minneapolis stated that the proposed legislation would “[vilify] people that our systems are set up to disadvantage so that when they raise their voices and call attention, this [bill would] suppress those types of activities.”
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