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Encampment returns to Wall of Forgotten Natives, bringing call to action from Indigenous leaders

Two years after large camp was disbanded, more than 40 tents reappear


September 4, 2020

David Joles - Star Tribune

The American Indian Movement flag flew on the edge of a homeless encampment that has once again sprung up at the site of the Wall of Forgotten Natives along Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis.

Two years after a massive tent encampment in south Minneapolis brought attention to the state's growing homeless population, people have returned to pitch tents at what was called the Wall of Forgotten Natives.

More than 40 tents flapped in the wind against the wall and next to speeding traffic between Hiawatha and Franklin avenues Thursday. The group decided to move there after their previous camp, on a city-owned lot at 2313 S. 13th Av., was cleared by the city Wednesday.

Native leaders and outreach workers, including Clyde Bellecourt, a founder of the American Indian Movement, held a news conference Thursday near the encampment urging the city, Hennepin County and the state to find stable housing for the homeless.


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