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Hundreds of Minnesotans march for missing and murdered Indigenous relatives

As Ana Negrete read the names of Indigenous relatives missing and murdered in Minnesota, a deep silence fell over a room dressed in vibrant red at the East Phillips Community Center.

Due to gaps in data and reporting the list was not comprehensive, Negrete said Wednesday at a memorial and march meant to honor those lost. As she neared the end of the long list, audience members, overcome by emotion in the overflowing gym, began to shout out names of their own, the air filling with ceremonial smoke and loss.

"There's so many." Negrete said. "Today we remember you. Today we call out your name. today my hands have been removed from my mouth ... it is my responsibility to speak for those who cannot. I will not stay still and do nothing."


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