Wall of the Forgotten Natives: Visit to the Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment

Monday, October 15, 2018
10:00am - 1:30pm CDT
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center 2300 15th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN

Please note the date of this event is October 15.  It was incorrectly posted as November 15 in a recent issue of MCF Notes.

You’ve heard about it in the news; over 300 people camping along Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis. This gathering of primarily Native peoples includes families, elders, disabled, and individuals. Wall of the Forgotten Natives homeless camp lays bare the lack of shelter and affordable housing.

The Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID), a group of Native-led nonprofits and urban Tribal offices has taken the lead to find short, mid and long-term solutions to benefit the residents of the encampment.  They are working diligently with city, county, state, and tribal stakeholders to ensure coordination of efforts.

Learn from MUID and Native leaders during an issues briefing, and then join us for some first-hand learning through a visit to the Wall of Forgotten camp where we will volunteer to serve lunch.  This is your chance to join the conversation about strategies for a safe transition from encampment to temporary shelter, and long term needs.

Agenda (approximate times)

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Understanding the Wall of the Forgotten & Strategies for Change (video conference available)

11:30 am to 12:30 pm – Visit to the camp / volunteer to serve lunch at the camp *

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Q&A/Discussion (lunch will be served)

* Please dress accordingly for the short walk to and from the camp and to be outdoors to serve lunch. Van service will be available for those with limited mobility.

This MCF member-initiated briefing is being convened by The Minneapolis Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and Native Americans in Philanthropy.

Video conference participation is available for a portion of  this event.  Information about connecting through video conference will be included in your registration confirmation email.

For information, contact Bob Tracy, MCF's director of public policy and communication (612.335.3558).

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