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Indian activists end occupation of former Minneapolis homeless camp, vow to keep fighting for more shelter beds


December 17, 2019

David Joles - Sar Tribune

Native American community members and leaders gathered around a fire before a teepee was erected during the early morning hours on Saturday along Franklin and Hiawatha avenues, at the site of the former homeless encampment known as the "Wall of the Forgotten Nativss."

American Indian activists called off their two-day occupation at the site of a former homeless encampment in south Minneapolis while they negotiate with police and city officials over their demands for more emergency shelter beds.

Just past midnight on Friday, about 50 demonstrators marched onto a narrow stretch of land along Hiawatha and Franklin avenues that last fall was the temporary home of several hundred people living in tents, known as the "Wall of Forgotten Natives." They erected a teepee 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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