People around the state marched and rallied Tuesday for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR). Minnesota Native News reporter Emma Needham was in Minneapolis, where several hundred people gathered at the East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center.
While several Native state lawmakers were celebrated for their efforts to fund Minnesota’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office, not all officials were warmly received.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was booed away from the rally by protestors, opposing the city’s demolition plan of the Roof Depot site and expanding public works facilities there.
“…Our Little Earth people matter. Our kids our going to die Mayor Fray (sic) and this is going to be on your hands…” said Little Earth resident and grandma Nicole Perez in the video confronting Mayor Frey.
The mayor’s plan would expand the city’s public works facilities in the East Phillips neighborhood. It would also increase pollution and exposure to toxic substances, like arsenic, to people in the area, including those living in the nearby Little Earth Native-preference housing development.
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