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Indian activists hunker down at site of former Minneapolis homeless camp


December 16, 2019

David Joles – Star Tribune

A teepee stood along Hiawatha Avenue near Franklin Avenue as Indian activists reoccupied the site of the former homeless encampment early Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN. In a show of defiance, dozens of American Indian community members returned to a former homeless encampment in south Minneapolis late Friday, and into the early hours Saturday, declaring their reoccupation of the site a protest to demand more emergency shelter beds and fewer barriers to housing.

For a second day, American Indian activists occupied the site of a once-sprawling homeless encampment in south Minneapolis on Saturday, insisting they will not leave until local officials address their demands for more emergency shelter beds.

The civil disobedience action began just past midnight on Friday, when dozens of demonstrators marched onto a stretch of land along Hiawatha and Franklin avenues that last fall was the temporary home of several hundred people living in tents. Amid blowing snow and a biting wind, the activists erected a teepee at the center of the former encampment, known as the "Wall of the Forgotten Natives," and read a statement demanding a stronger response to the housing crisis and a "culturally specific" overnight shelter for Natives experiencing homelessness.


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