Author : Johnny Harris

Navigating the Homeless Encampment Challenge in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, like many urban centers across the United States, faces the complex issue of homelessness, evident in the presence of homeless encampments scattered throughout the city. These encampments are a visible manifestation of a larger societal problem, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to address homelessness. In this article, we will explore the challenges […]

Welcome to the Camp Blog: WiiDooKoDaaDiiWag: They help each other

homelessnessTo feast and to flourish. Last Friday, January 11th, a feast was held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. It had been three weeks to the day since the last residents of the Franklin Hiawatha encampment were moved to the new Minneapolis Navigation Center. It was, and remains, a time of cautious hope and pragmatic […]

Big changes at the camp – and that’s a good thing!

The new Minneapolis Navigation Center opened last week. Less than four months after Native American leaders requested a meeting with Mayor Frey to discuss the public health issues raised by the Franklin Hiawatha encampment our community has taken a giant step forward in tackling the challenges of housing and homelessness. It’s an incredible achievement. It […]

Learn about the new Navigation Center: some FAQ

If you’re here on the Franklin Hiawatha Camp website I’ll bet you’ve heard of the new “Navigation Center” being created by the City of Minneapolis and a variety of government and other partners. I’ll also bet you don’t know much about it – but information about the Center is now available to share. Here is […]

A letter from the 3rd Precinct

Below is a letter from Inspector Sullivan of the Minneapolis Police Department 3rd Precinct: From the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct November 5, 2018 We understand that homelessness, addiction, and mental health are profound societal issues and challenges that cannot and will not be solved by law enforcement. Being homeless is not a crime. With […]

We need YOU to make a call

On Friday September 7, 2018 Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey met with representatives of the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors Group, Natives Against Heroin, the leadership of the Red Lake and Leech Lake tribes, Shakopee Mdwakanton Sioux Community, and various city, county and state agencies whose mission involves the health, safety and housing of the people of […]

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