In 2014 I worked shoulder to shoulder with American Indian leaders and organizers to abolish Colombus Day and recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis. At the time, no city or state in the country had made that change since 1994. Since then, more than 60 cities and the states of Vermont and Alaska have followed our community's lead in honoring the original inhabitants of this land. On Monday, October 9th, it was a joy to celebrate this accomplishment with our community in south Minneapolis. Pictued above is the annual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at the American Indian Center where local Indigenous artist Rory Wakemup engaged hundreds of youth through his StarWars themed regalia and play.
City Elections are right around the corner! Election Day is Tuesday, November 7. Find everything you need on the City elections website: 
You can also vote early, the early voting center is open:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
217 South 3rd Street
Join your neighbors to build community, clean up the neighborhood, and get rid of any items you need to purge! Set out extra household trash, old furniture, carpet, household construction, electronics, appliances, or tires the night before or by 8:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 14
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Grab breakfast and supplies Check in at either:
Welna Hardware, 2438 Bloomington Avenue or
Lutheran Social Service of MN, 2400 Park Avenue

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Help Clean the Neighborhood!! Pick up litter, meet your neighbors! Bring your neighbor, your block club or your friend.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Join everyone who has cleaned up the neighborhood for lunch and a resource fair. 
Stewart Park, 2700 12th Avenue South

Public Works is hiring for service worker and service worker trainee positions. Applicants must be at least 18, have a valid driver's licence, and a high school diploma or equivalent. Read more about the requirements. The Service Worker Trainee position pays $15 per hour and the Service Worker position pays $24 per hour.
Applications will be accepted through October 31st. 
Upcoming information sessions:
Thursday, October 12
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
American Indian OIC, 1845 E. Franklin Ave.
Monday, October 16
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N.
Wednesday, October 18
5:00 -7:00 p.m. 
Waite House - Pillsbury United Communities, 2323 11th Ave. S.
Thursday, October 19
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Summit Academy OIC, 935 Olson Memorial Highway
Tuesday, October 24
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave. N.

Attendees will be able to talk to Public Works representatives and apply for a position on the spot.
You don't have to attend an information session to apply, check out the City job site.
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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.
Join a group of allies who want safe, affordable housing for all and have stood - and will continue to stand - with renters struggling with housing injustices. Come build power and talk about next steps.

Potluck-style food and drinks more than welcomed.
Thursday, September 28
4:00 p.m.
MN State Capitol
Celebrate the Indigenous harvest and taste our ancestral foods. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy food samples cooked by local Indigenous chefs and the Dream of Wild Health Youth Leaders. The food tasting will feature the indigenous seeds and produce grown at the Dream of Wild Health farm. 
Saturday, October 28
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Minneapolis American Indian Center
Organized and carried out with the help of 180 volunteers from the neighborhood, local potters donate hand-made bowls, volunteers cook soup and bake bread. Neighbors come together, select a bowl, have a meal, and make a donation. The income is donated to help feed the hungry in our neighborhood. This past year proceeds from the event supported the food shelf at the Division of Indian Work, Sisters Camelot, and Youth Farm and Market.  
Friday, November 3
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Powderhorn Park Building - 35th Avenue and 15th Street South 
Council Member Alondra Cano publishes a monthly newsletter focusing on the work we are doing to address crime and safety issues in our Ward. Check out the latest issue online and click here to sign up!
The City of Minneapolis is hiring for multiple positions including seasonal help with elections!
Take Action MN is hiring for a Program Director and other positions.
The MN Indian Wiomen's Resource Center is hiring a Safe Harbor youth worker and other positions.
Metro Transit is hiring part time bus drivers and other positons.
Call (612) 673-2209
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