I'm pleased to announce that Coya White Hat Artichoker, who has served the Ninth Ward as my Policy Aide for the last year, has been selected to lead the City of Minneapolis' efforts on American Indian voter engagement. I'm so appreciative of all the contributions Coya has made to our office and the strategic ways in which she helped us to stand up and fight for the best interests of our Ninth Ward residents. We will miss her deeply but are happy to know we will continue to work with Coya in her new and vital capacity. Moving forward, our office welcomes powerhouse organizer Mary Anne Quiroz as our new Policy Aide. Mary Anne has deep roots in this area and is an artist and project manager who recently worked with the Mercado Central as a CURA Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Fellow. She brings over ten years of experience working in the Ninth Ward. We are thrilled and honored Mary Anne is joining our team!
I'm proud to report that after two years of work to connect, unify and bring more investments to our East Lake Street commercial corridor the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $100,000 Our Town grant to Pangea World Theater. I've been tracking the City's important Comprehensive Plan process closely and have consistently advocated for a racial equity and cultural corridor framework to be integrated into this work. As such, last year my office worked with Pangea World Theater and the City's Community Planning and Economic Development Department (Long-Range Planning division) to establish a partnership. This led to the City of Minneapolis' official selection of Pangea's grant application to be forwarded to the National Endowment for the Arts national competition. And, voila!
This grant is a funded opportunity between Pangea and the City of Minneapolis to innovate using cultural and arts place-based strategies to create and adopt a planning vision for the future of our uniquely diverse and increasingly in-demand cultural commercial corridor. I am pleased that my office has invested significant time and energy into convening our East Lake Street stakeholders with the City of Minneapolis to collectively develop asset-based arts and cultural community development strategies to engage our diverse residents. I am beyond thrilled that Pangea will be leading the next phase of this work which will involve training and supporting a new wave of artists, beautifying our streets with murals, and developing a community plan for our East Lake Street cultural corridor to be adopted by the City's Comprehensive Plan by 2018.
After years of service to the American Indian community and the people of Minneapolis as Vice President of the Minneapolis City Council, Robert Lilligren has completed his phase as President of Little Earth of United Tribes and will now lead the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) as its President and CEO. As NACDI builds on their work developing the American Indian Cultural Corridor, maintaining the contemporary Native art museum All My Relations, and organizing in the community, they have recruited a stellar and creative leader with an immense world of knowledge and expertise. I look forward to many rich future partnerships!
Please join me in celebrating Minneapolis Bike to Work Week by meeting me at the Tamales y Biciclatas bike shop where the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will be giving out swag and snacks as we head towards the downtown area.

Every May, communities across the country participate in National Bike Month, a coast-to-coast celebration of cycling. This year's Minneapolis Bike Week is May 16th to the 22nd, there is a series of events and activities promoting all types of bicycling with a focus on encouraging those who do not normally ride to give it a try.

We hope you can join us for the ride!
Friday, May 20
7:30 a.m.
Tamales Y Bicicletas (15th Avenue South and East Lake Street)
Learn more at the Facebook event page.
The role of the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) is to promote both commuter and recreational bicycling, to advocate for bicycling infrastructure improvements, to encourage safe riding, and to involve people interested in bicycling issues throughout the city. The BAC functions as an advisory committee to the Mayor and City Council as well as the Park Board and serves as a liaison to bicyclists, businesses, neighborhoods, and other communities and agencies.
If you are interested in applying, email or call Aisha 612-673-3196
The Youth Bike Summit is a national three-day conference held annually that brings together educators, activists, and community leaders to focus on the intersections of youth, bicycles, and advocacy. The theme for this year's conference is Momentum, so we're engaging folks from different disciplines and backgrounds to explore how the bicycle is a catalyst for positive social change.
May 27-29
Macalester College
Many residents of the Southside neighborhoods where Prince Rogers Nelson grew up and attended middle and high school have come forward in the last few weeks with great ideas for how to develop an enduring tribute to Prince and his times on the Southside. CANDO is hosting a community meeting to bring all of the energy around these ideas together and make them reality. 
Saturday, May 21
11:00 a.m. - 1: 00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran’s Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts is committed to pollinating the neighborhood—with art, with justice, and with plants that attract pollinators. Join them to “Pollinate Phillips”.  Start with community breakfast at 9 am, and then break into teams to plant boulevard gardens with pollinator-attracting plants, learn how to grow nutritious food in small containers, plant art, do a survey of birds in the neighborhood, and enjoy your community!
Saturday, May 21
9:00 a.m.   
My office has been been holding monthly meetings regarding how to prevent and reduce commercial sexual exploitation in the Ninth Ward and in the American Indian community. This summit will be another way for folks who care about this issue to join in the discussion and learn more about the issue.
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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.

Plug into local efforts to raise the wage with 15 Now Minnesota. They are doing weekly signature drive efforts for their ballot initiative which would raise the wage to $15 per hour in Minneapolis. 
This event is in conjunction with SYNTHESIS: Paintings by Aza Erdrich on view at All My Relations Gallery now – May 27th, 2016. 
*Live music from Chastity Brown.
*Indigenous foods by Tatanka Truck.
*Community and all-ages art activities led by local artists
*Letter-writing and art-making to Native youth suicide prevention

All are welcome to this free and public event. Powwow Grounds will provide refreshments. Show posters are available and donations to the arts are encouraged.

Thursday, May 26 
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Join Community Power for a public hearing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to ensure that all Minnesotans, not just the wealthy, have access to community solar.

The PUC is looking for community comment on:

• What steps could the PUC take to ensure that Community Solar Gardens are accessible to and benefit all Minnesotans?

• What steps could the PUC take to encourage developers to ensure inclusion of low-income folks and people of color in all aspects of Community Solar Gardens?

Tuesday, May 24 
6:00 p.m.
One of our 24th Street Coalition Members, Dream of Wild Health is hosting a Sacred Medicines & Garden Beginnings Workshop at Mashkiikii Gitigan with their cultural director, Ernie Whiteman. This free event will focus on how to grow tobacco and how to start a garden. Join us for snacks, tea and coffee!
Saturday, May 21 
10:00 a.m.
Keaton’s last great silent comedy. Trying to impress a secretary for MGM Newsreels, Keaton masquerades as a movie cameraman, fumbling and failing before saving a little monkey and emerging as a brilliant photographer. With live musical accompaniment by Dreamland Faces. $8 ($10 at the gate)
Saturday, May 28
Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Movie will begin at 8:30
CTUL is hiring a Capital Campaign Leader.
The City of Minneapolis, is hiring a number of positions in elections and an Urban Designer. More info on the City website. 
Call (612) 673-2209
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