Council Member Cano joined Tania Aubid, Kat, Thane Maxwell and Tara Houska from Honor the Earth; Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) Co-Chair and Standing Rock Sioux Nation member Monica Flores; Mary Anne and Sergio Quiroz of Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli/Indigenous Roots; MN350 Executive Director Kevin Whelan; Lakota leader and Ninth Ward resident Coya Hope White Hat-Artichoker; City of Minneapolis American Indian Outreach Specialist and Standing Rock Sioux Nation descendant Christine McDonald and Lolita Granados in North Dakota to present the "Indigenous Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline" resolution to the Sacred Stone Camp. #NoDAPL #KeepItInTheGround
Dear Neighbors,
As the local official representing the nation's largest concentration of urban American Indian families, I was proud to introduce the "Indigenous Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline" resolution in support of the Minneapolis American Indian families and environmental justice advocates who are in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in their struggle to protect their fresh water supply against the Dakota Access pipeline.
The proposed Dakota Access pipeline is a $3.7 billion project which would carry a half million barrels of fracked crude oil per day from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota through sensitive wetlands, natural habitats and the pristine Missouri River into Illinois.
In a historic demonstration of unity not seen since the Battle of the Greasy Grass or Custer's Last Stand, 150 Indigenous Nations from across the U.S. including many Tribal members from Minneapolis and Minnesota have come together to stand in opposition to this project and have joined with environmental groups, scientists, and farmers to protect the waters.
Today, a judge will likely rule on the future of the Dakota Access pipeline. Regardless of the decision, one thing is clear - we can't drink oil. So when it comes to preserving mother earth we must be ready to take swift action. Locally, on the heels of the defeat of Enbridge's Sandpiper line, I want to thank Honor the Earth for leading this victory and standing up for a sustainable future wherever a new pipeline threatens the health of the community. I would like to thank Kathy Hollander from MN350 and MPIRG for the informative Council presentation they delivered and the people power they mobilized in support of this resolution. I also want to acknowledge the strength of the voice of the American Indian leaders in the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors group for their letter of support.
Moving forward more will be needed to get our economy off the tragic road of resource extraction and I'm committed to continue to advcaote for this work on the Minneapolis City Council with you. Nationally, we need a Marshall Plan to put our union brothers and sisters and our environmnental community on a united and firm path to a fossil free economy. It is possible, the political will is needed. Your voice can help grow this movement, please stay connected to the Sacred Stone Camp, the Red Warrior Camp, and Earthjustice for the latest updates. You can also support and participate in taking action via Twitter using #NoDAPL, #HonorTheTreaties, and #LoveWaterNotOil.
Water always finds a way to its destination,
Pictured above, from left to right: A removed highway barricade reads "Indian Land" raising awareness about the Dakota Access pipeline's intent to cut through an American Indian reservation without their permission; water protectors riding on horses and trucks on their way to visit their sacred burial grounds which were bulldozed by the oil company immediately after the Standing Rock Sioux Nation released the GPS coordinates of those sites; our Minneapolis delegation led by Indigenous Roots pays respect to the Cannonball River, home to the Sacred Stone Camp and a tributary to the Missouri River.
Join Gulgun Kayim, Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for coffee at her community office hours and hear all about the City of Minneapolis' efforts on arts and culture. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan, it's three year engagement process and ways to participate.
               Friday, September 9
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
3405 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis

September 16
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
1810 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis
More info and Sign Up for Updates: Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan 
Cafe con Alondra
Join me for our next Cafe con Alondra event at the Midtown Farmers Market with special guests County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin and City of Minneapolis Public Works Director Robin Hutcheson to discuss ways we can create a safer Hiawatha and East Lake Street environment for people walking, biking, driving and taking the bus or lightrail. This event is co-hosted with Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, Longfellow Community Council and Sierra Club North Star Chapter. I hope you can come participate in this community conversation about improving the Hiawatha and East Lake Street intersection for everyone. You can join the discussion via Twitter using #HumanizeHiLake.
Saturday, September 17
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join Minnesota organizations Pro-Choice ResourcesTrust Project MN,NAPAWF-Twin Cities Chapter, and Whole Woman's Health for All Access 2016, a night of music and entertainment in support of abortion access and reproductive justice!
Saturday, September 10
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Join South Minneapolis community members for a gathering with music and poems in support of the Standing Rock Nation's efforts to protect their drinking water supply. $10 donation fee at the door. All funds raised will go to the Water Defenders Legal Defense Fund. If you have any questions please contact the event host, MN350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota.
Sunday, September 11
4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
1530 East Franklin Avenue 
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Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
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Twin Cities youth want to travel to Standing Rock to show their support against the Dakota Access pipeline. Youth will meet with high school students from the Standing Rock reservation High School and volunteer throughout the weekend to give the main volunteers a break.

Funds raised will go towards renting a charter bus, supplies for the youth and donations for Standing Rock.
The Minneapolis Monarch Festival celebrates the amazing 2,300 mile migration to central Mexico with music, arts, dance, food, and monarchs. Free guided nature walks integrated with art-making workshops for the annual Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis Park. A  free outdoor activity for the whole family!
Saturday, September 10
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
East Lake Nokomis Parkway 
Sacred Garden 2016 is a piece of outdoor public Performance Art that traces significant markers in the journey through womanhood; gender navigations, sisterhood, first menstruation, pregnancy, miscarriage, birth, motherhood, death of one's own mother, menopause, and elderhood. This piece is organized and directed by Malia Burkhart.
Saturday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.
October 7 and 8, 8:00 p.m.
Grandmothers hold memory and lose memory; they have a broad understanding of love, a wide geography that one may get lost in. A grandmother suffers the loss of a grandchild, navigates grief, and retrieves memory – sharing it in a new world run by, loved by, kept whole by a solidarity of grandmothers.
September 23 - October 3
1500 East Lake Street
More info: Queen at HOTB
Banyan is hiring for a Physical Education Specialist.
Achieve Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions.
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change is hiring a Development Director.
Call (612) 673-2209
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