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On Saturday, December 29, shoppers at the Mall of America were treated to a loud public demonstration organized by an activist group called “Idle No More”. 

The event was organized through social media to call attention to issues around native American land rights in Canada.  KFAI’s Dixie Triechel has a report. 

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As summer comes to a close, so does a season of celebration and festival.

One distinctive and joyous party held in the Twin Cities metro area this summer was the twenty second annual Igbofest.  The Igbo people are mainly from southeast Nigeria and for the many West Africans who live in Minnesota, Igbofest is an annual highlight.  

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Recently, a group of lawyers and community service organizations gathered at Waite House in South Minneapolis to discuss President Obama’s new Executive Orders regarding immigration reform. Many of the attendees had questions about permanent residency in the United States, and one important message of the meeting was a word of caution.

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This past Saturday, many people gathered in downtown Minneapolis to express their frustration that Congress has not been able to pass an Immigration Reform Bill.
At least twenty five organizations were represented at the rally. KFAI’s Josefina Catalan was there, and she filed this report.

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At a recent meeting of the Arab League, the emir of Kuwait said the United Nations Security Council must do more to solve the conflict in Syria, arguing that it now “threatens the security and stability of the world.”
Last month, top U.N. officials said that as Syria’s grinding conflict enters its fourth year, Syrians are set to replace Afghans as the world’s largest refugee population.
Millions have fled the fighting. At least one million refugees are in camps in neighboring Lebanon. Many others are in Jordan, but not all live in official settlements.
Some manage to find housing in Amman, where they wait for a peace that seems quite distant. With assistance from Afnan Al Wahsh, KFAI’s Erin Luhmann filed this report.

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We observed the Haunted Basement at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis in two feature reports from Joanna Solotaroff and Jessica Folker.

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An inauguration ceremony at Minneapolis City Hall brought in seven new city council members and a new mayor. Much of the ceremony had to do with Mayor Betsy Hodges’ “One Minneapolis” initiative aimed at reducing the education and opportunity gaps that divide the city.
KFAI’s Janis Lane-Ewart attended the ceremony and brought back a collection of voices, including Mayor Hodges, Hodges’ husband and Metropolitan Council member Gary Cunningham, Rabbi Michael Adam Latz who delivered the Invocation, former Minneapolis city council member Don Samuels, new council member Jacob Frey, sitting city council member Elizabeth Glidden, and beginning with poet Andrea Jenkins.

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Mackenzie Jensen was on his way to work on a Friday afternoon last August when he fell victim to a random act of violence.  

A passenger in a white Bronco threw a chunk of cinder block at Jensen, hitting him in the face and causing multiple fractures. Recently, a group of family and friends joined in a ride of support through south Minneapolis.

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Interact challenges perceptions of disability with “Uniquenox”.

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