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A home for hope and healing

Cyndy Mountain and others in the Little Earth community of Minneapolis find hope and love within their grief

Cyndy Mountain's laughter fills the room, bouncing off walls with canvas paintings of eight-pointed stars and whiteboards half-erased with the remains of handwritten words - friendly, humanity, inclusion. She's come for the weekly women's group at Little Earth of United Tribes, an intertribal residents' association in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She's lived here for more than 10 years.

Mountain, Red Lake Ojibwe, spends her days working as an advocate at Hope Avenue Shelter. She has a "Star Wars" ringtone, a Love Your Melon beanie and a long, hard history.

She embodies one apartment door, one tribe and one story within a unified community of 212 housing units and 39 tribes.

Little Earth celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with a two-day powwow, where Mountain danced alongside members of various tribes.


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