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Nenookaasi, Minneapolis' largest homeless camp, marked for closure to make way for development

The mood was bleak on Wednesday morning at the Camp Nenookaasi homeless encampment in south Minneapolis. Scraps of police tape were still tied to tent poles while people sat dumbstruck around the camp's prayer fire. The night before, a man everyone knew as T-Bone had been shot dead in a tent.

The city had announced plans to close the encampment, though the date keeps changing. There was a sense that the killing of Tyrone J. Mohr, 45, made it that much more difficult to argue for a reprieve.

Founded this summer on a plot of long-vacant city property at E. 23rd Street and 13th Ave. S., Nenookaasi (meaning hummingbird in Ojibwe) has become the city's largest homeless village. It supported roughly 180 occupants at its height.


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