We honor the life of one of the most notable American Indian leaders of our time, Mr. Dennis Banks. In 1968 he co-founded the American Indian Movement in Minneapolis and helped launch the 1973 occupation at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Mr. Banks passed away on Sunday at the age of 80. Above, a public projection of Dennis Banks' image in Minneapolis by local American Indian artist C.Thayer @oshkimigizi. #restinpower
Council Member Alondra Cano pictured above celebrating this year's Indigenous Peoples Day with James Cross, a leading voice of the Natives Against Heroin grassroots group. Natives Against Heroin (NAH) was funded by Council Member Cano and her colleagues earlier this year, since then the group has helped to create six more NAH chapters throughtout the state. Their work is massively growing the network of community members ready to combat the opioid abuse and end the heroin overdoses impacting our neighborhoods.
Dear Neighbors,
As some of you know, my office has been hard at work to address the livability concerns at the intersection of Hiawatha and East Lake Street. A year and a half ago we began the City process to put this intersection at the top of our City’s improvement priority list and secured a funded partnership with Hennepin County (given East Lake Street is a county road) to address short-term and long-term needs.
This area carries significant attention for our Council office because of the cumulative amount of new activity slated for this intersection and because the three neighborhoods who represent this region care greatly about our upcoming growth here. As you might recall, this is the site of the new Hennepin County social services hub, the future home of both our beloved Midtown Farmers Market and a rich supply of mixed-income housing. Additionally, due to the work I did to codify retail business on East Lake Street in our development agreement with the County, we asked the County to hire the Neighborhood Development Center to implement our vision for local and diverse businesses that can bring life to the first floor of the County’s headquarters building. This led to a joint-recruitment task force anchored by Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and we are on track to fill our unique part of town with continued color and diverse businesses.
I continue to be an active player in engaging all levels of government that play a role at this intersection. The partners include our Minneapolis Police Department and Public Works Department, Hennepin County, MetCouncil, Metro Transit, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Wellington Management, the neighborhood associations, social service agencies including St. Stephens and Healthcare for the Homeless, and outreach groups like MAD DADs and Natives Against Heroin.
To address cleanliness and loitering under the bridge, I am thankful for the work of the Minneapolis Police Department who was able to get the responsible jurisdiction (MnDOT) to install special signage and no trespassing signs that MPD can now enforce to keep the area circulating in a healthy way. As always, our office has worked with our partners to ensure we are bringing forward a holistic approach to supporting the individuals experiencing homelessness. As such, with the collective work of MPD, the City’s Public Works Department, MnDOT, and St. Stephen’s we have been able to maintain a bio-hazards free intersection over the past few weeks that is also being attentive to supporting people to find shelter.
To advance the capital improvements needed here I engaged our Public Works department to establish a partnership with Hennepin County so we could begin the work of addressing this neglected and often unsafe intersection. Our first step was to conduct a much needed analysis of the intersection that gave us options for improving the Lake and Hiawatha environment for pedestrians, transit users, cars, and bicyclists. We are now in phase two of this funded work which will focus on deep community engagement over the winter and spring to arrive at a consensus and budget plan to achieve the changes our community wants to see here. If you would like more information about the status of this work, please feel free to contact the City’s Public Works lead staff on this project at Jenifer dot Hager at minneapolismn dot gov.
In order to affirm the station's safety and upgrades I have personally reached out to both the director of Metro Transit Mr. Brian Lamb and our Met Council representative Cara Letofsky to request their help and attention to this matter. We now know that residents can expect to see a total rehab of the station by the end of this year with the north of Lake Street elevator as the first slated improvement. Please keep your eye out for the re-coating and painting of surfaces and benches, as well as glass repair, new signage, and upgraded lighting. Additionally, we have reports from Metro Transit’s Captain Jim Franklin that he has launched a special beat officer shift to help bring more security to this station given the recent stabbing here. We will continue to advocate for the needed investments in one of our City’s first lightrail stations so stay connected to our newsletter to hear more updates as time progresses.
As always, if you have any questions or ideas about the work above, please reach out to me via email at Alondra dot Cano at minneapolismn dot gov or call our office to speak to our friendly Aides Aisha and Margarita at 612-673-2209.
Seguimos en la lucha,
By Nicole Appelbaum, Assistant Minneapolis City Attorney and Third Precinct Community Attorney
You may have heard the term “geographic restriction” and wondered what that means exactly.  Simply put, a geographic restriction is a court order prohibiting a defendant in a criminal proceeding (or a juvenile offender in a delinquency proceeding) from entering a designated property or geographic area. The size of the restricted area depends on several things, including the defendant’s history, the nature of the crime for which the defendant is in court, and the nature of the area itself. 
For example, a geographic restriction might be as small as a one-block radius from a specific address or it might be as large as the area covering Highway 35W to Cedar Avenue and Franklin Avenue to East 35th Street.
On August 1, 2017, a new law entitled “Geographic Restriction” took effect.  The text of the law can be found in Minnesota Statutes section 609.6057.  The law requires Courts to consider factors such as the defendant’s criminal history, whether the defendant’s presence in a restricted area creates a risk to public safety or property, the likelihood of future criminal activity within a restricted area, and any other factors before issuing a geographic restriction.  As such, a geographic restriction is only issued after very careful consideration from the Court.
If a person violates a geographic restriction issued under the new law, they can be arrested and charged with a crime.  Violations of geographic restriction issued before the new law took effect are generally treated as violations of an offender’s probation.  
You can find a list of individuals currently subject to geographic restrictions in our area on the Minneapolis Police Department website.
Call 911 to report any criminal activity or if you see or know of a child who is being hurt or exploited.
Call Dawn at Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center 612-728-2000 to get help for American Indian women experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, chemical dependency, and domestic violence. The MIWRC is also able to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Call PRIDE 24 hour crisis line 612-728-2062 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation or substance abuse issues. PRIDE is also equipped to serve GLBTQ victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Make a child protection report at 612-348-3552 or online if you encounter a child who you think is being sexually exploited. 
Call St. Stephen's Street Outreach Workers 612-874-0311 to get immediate help for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Call Day One Services 24 hour crisis line 1-866-223-1111 to get help for people experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, sexual violence, or domestic abuse.
The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic is open for walk-in patients Mondays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at St Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South. No insurance needed, all medical care provided for free.
Walk-in Counseling Center provides free, anonymous mental health counseling and referrals five days a week right in the neighborhood. 2421 Chicago Avenue South.
The Domestic Abuse Project offers crisis intervention, therapy and help for veterans. 612-874-7063 x232
If you need assistance as a crime victim contact the Hennepin County Attorney's Office 612-348-4003 and ask to speak with an advocate or Cornerstone Services at 952-884-0376 and ask for Michelle, Cheryl, or Rebecca.
Contact your Crime Prevention Specialist to receive a No Trespassing sign that can be placed on your property and enforced by MPD.
Email John Baumann to receive regular updates on crime trends in our area.
The West Bank Harm Reduction Collective operates a walk-in clinic with a needle exchange Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 425 Cedar (enter in the back). They provide free needles, cookers, works, narcan kits as well as rapid HIV screening.
Natives Against Heroin provides a number of supportive services to those in our community seeking to get or stay sober. Call James at 651-756-1940 for support. You can also reach him if you have questions or want to support this grassroots movement for community wellness and cultural healing.
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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This is a special edition of our crime and safety bulletin. We publish our regular newsletter, Noticias, every two weeks and this crime bulletin monthly. If you don't usually receive this bulletin but would like to get a copy in the future, please sign up here.
911 for all emergencies.
612-348-2345 for non-emergencies.
If you suspect drug dealing but have not actually seen it call 612-673-5706.
If you are in doubt call 911 and they will route your call properly.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Karen Notsch 612-673-2856 or karen (dot) notsch (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov for issues South of Lake Street.
Contact Crime Prevention Specialist Brett Nyman 612-673-3482 or brett (dot) nyman (at) minneapolismn (dot) gov for issues North of Lake Street.
Read more about the ways Crime Prevention Specialists can help.
Check out MPD's Third Precinct website for additional information and resources.
Every month my office works to identify and monitor problem properties in our neighborhoods. We bring together representatives from the City of Minneapolis' Police Department, Attorney's Office, Housing Inspections, Business Licensing, Parking Enforcement, and the County's prosecutor's and probation office to coordinate and discuss commercial, residential, rental, and owner occupied buildings that are causing problems related to public safety.
Problem properties should be reported to your area's Crime Prevention Specialist or to the Ninth Ward office at 612-673-2209. Please note that MPD needs to receive two reports on the same problem property in order to prevent the program from being mis-used.
Midtown Crime and Safety Partnership November 13 (repeats every second Monday of the month), 6:30 p.m. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Avenue South.
CANDO Community Meeting, November 21 (repeats every third Tuesday), 5:30 p.m. (Crime and safety breakout begins at 6:30 p.m.) CANDO Community Space at CTUL, 3715 Chicago Avenue South.
South Minneapolis Safety Coalition November 15 (repeats every third Wednesday) 3:00 p.m. US Bank, 919 East Lake Street.
16th-18th Avenue Monthly Collaborative November 15 (repeats every third Wednesday) 6:00 p.m. Ingebretsen's, 1601 East Lake Street.
Please join Ninth Ward Council Member Alondra Cano, Eighth Ward Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, the Minneapolis Police Department, and neighborhood residents for a discussion about recent incidences of violence and how we can move forward as a community. 
Wednesday, November 1
6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Baha'i Center
3644 Chicago Avenue South 
Call (612) 673-2209
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