City participates in celebration of American Indian Month

Each May, Minneapolis celebrates American Indian Month in Minnesota. American Indian organizations showcase programs and services that are available to support and enrich the community. The month-long celebration began May 1 with a Parade of Nations. Elected officials and City employees, many of whom are of American Indian descent, joined community members and spiritual leaders and marched in the parade along the American Indian Cultural Corridor to Indian Center on Franklin Avenue.

More than 1,200 participants attended the kick-off event, many showing their pride by wearing traditional dance regalia, ribbon shirts and shawls. After the parade, a wellness fair was held at the Indian Center as kick-off to the 50 events that were held throughout the month of May in conjunction with American Indian Month.

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Many City departments were represented, including the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, Health and Family Support, METP, Police Department and Fire Department. Minneapolis Public Works provided tap water for the event using its new water bottle filling station (pictured above) designed and created by Water Treatment and Distribution staff.



Published Jun 20, 2012