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Riots, arson leave Minnesota communities of color devastated



The riots left destruction in their wake around Minnehaha Avenue and Lake St.

As fire and riots raged around Lake and Hiawatha last week, several employees of an American Indian nonprofit called Migizi stayed behind to guard their building.

They wrote "native youth center" on the window to discourage attacks. Members of the American Indian Movement came to help. But rioters set fire to the block anyway. The inferno forced out the building's protectors by around 3:30 on Friday morning.

When the nonprofit's executive director Kelly Drummer returned to the scene a few hours later and saw the destruction before her, she said: "I knelt down and I just cried."


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