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November East Phillips Improvement Coalition News

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Not a Mascot

“Living it again” needn’t happen; but it is “lived again”

 “Living it again” is forced on Indigenous peoples by constant “reminders” of the tragedies of the colonization of the Americas. Protests of this continued inhumanity are also repeated and the occasion pictured here was at U.S. Bank Stadium October 24, 2019 as the Minnesota “Vikings” football team played the Washington D.C. football team.

FIRST PERSON PRODUCTIONS COURTESY OF MIGIZI
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November Ventura Village Neighborhood News

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MN Governor Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan proclaim Indigenous People’s Day October 14, 2019

EMILY MATSON COURTESY OF DREAM OF WILD HEALTH

An Indigenous Food Tasting event presented by the Indigenous Food Network and hosted by Dream of Wild Health celebrated Indigenous People’s Day at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, 1530 East Franklin Av. The event highlighted six Indigenous chefs and entertainment from several local artists. Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan were present and proclaimed October 14, 2019 as Indigenous People’s Day in Minnesota. Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan read the Proclamation to the cheering crowd. Over 700 people were served at the event. 

Menu from Indigenous Food Tasting Event

Dream of Wild Health’s Mission is to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines and lifeways. 

Core Values
The work at Dream of Wild Health is guided by these values:

  • We value the personal character traits of honesty, integrity, generosity, humility, courage and fortitude.
  • We value and respect individual and group spiritual beliefs that our families, stakeholders and constituents may hold.
  • We value the belief and practice of kinship and reciprocity in our relationships with all people and with the natural world.
  • We value the practice of respect in all our dealings and relationships with one another.

MIGIZI

MIGIZI acts as a circle of support that nurtures the development of Native American youth in order to unleash their creativity and dreams – to benefit themselves, their families and community. MIGIZI puts youth first, supporting youth-driven activities that fully engage youth in a self-directed path to holistic wellness and to success in education and employment.

MIGIZI means “bald eagle” in the Ojibwe language.

MIGIZI was founded in 1977 as Migizi Communications, Inc., with a goal of countering the misrepresentations and inaccuracies about Native people in the media. MIGIZI’s first weekly radio production, The Native American Program, set the stage for First Person Radio and its nationally distributed programming. Today, First Person Productions is a multimedia training effort for Native youth aimed at providing state-of-the-art storytelling skills, enhancing self-esteem and improving academic performance. Additional MIGIZI efforts address youth needs in jobs, culture, leadership and more.

MIGIZI envisions Native American communities as self-sustainable culturally, socially and economically; and Native youth honored as full contributors who provide new ideas, energy and passion that are essential to continuous community improvement and well-being.

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17th Annual Phillips Clean Sweep another success!

By JANA METGE

Even the cold, rain, and snow did not stop our Annual Phillips Clean Sweep from going on! Saturday, October 12th Phillips residents came out to clean up their neighborhood. Bethlehem Baptist brought over a tent to protect the free T-Shirts for each participant. Beth Hart and her grandson, Joe Golish and John Richard volunteered to serve breakfast donated by Allina. A little snow and cold didn’t stop them!

COURTESY OF CLEAN SWEEP COMMUNITY Snow refreshes the morning Bloomington Av/Welna staging and breakfast launch

Residents and other volunteers cleaned up areas where trash was dumped and cleaned out basements and garages of broken or unneeded household construction items, tires, metal, appliances, furniture, and mattresses. This one time a year event allows residents to put out everything at no charge! The four Phillips Community neighborhoods: Ventura Village across the top from 35W to Hiawatha & north of 24th St. to E-94), Phillips West (35-W to Chicago Av. 24th St. to Lake Street), Midtown Phillips (Chicago Av. to Bloomington Av. 24th St. to Lake St.), and East Phillips (Bloomington Av. to Hiawatha & 24th St. to Lake St.) raise funds to hire city garbage trucks and provide this service for free. A Clean Sweep Planning Team meets for 9 weeks prior to the event organizing all of the details, raising money and donations! A huge thanks to the Planning Team and all who volunteered and participated with the 2019 Phillips Clean Sweep!

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Jana Metge—Phillips’ Good Neighbor and Advocate – Extraordinary day for an extraordinary quilt, for an extraordinary neighbor

BY CLEAN SWEEP COMMITTEE MEMBERS 

Jana Metge, the Clean Sweep Event and Community Organizer Extraordinaire, was honored with a very symbolic gift of a quilt at the Stewart Park Clean Sweep Luncheon (held inside this year due to the early wintery chill). It couldn’t have been more appropriate to the weather and acknowledgement of Jana’s colorfulness, her connection with so many organizations, and the warmth she brings to every event, generally, and greeting of people individually. 

Beth Hart is another good neighbor great at making connections. She “connected” a recent experience of having a family quilt made to the idea of it being a way to acknowledge the incredible work Jana has done for decades for not only the Clean Sweep event but in constant advocacy with and for the Phillips Community.

Besides providing warmth for the day and offering important symbolism with the 16 T-shirts naming many Phillips organizations with whom Jana keeps connected, Project Repat, the business who assembled the T-shirts,
Beth Hart collected through the years, is on a mission befitting Clean Sweep Day itself. Project Repat states: “ The average American trashes 65 pounds of clothing per year. We’re keeping T-shirts out of landfills and upcycling them into something new!”

Repat’s motto is “Social & Environmental Impact: How much good can a T-shirt quilt do?” Well, if we reflect on Jana and her quilt as an example, a pretty high bar for the rest of us!

V.J. Smith
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Peace House Community Journal – The Need for Sleep

By MARTI MALTBY

When asked to name a person’s most basic needs, most people will reliably name food, shelter and clothing. A quick Google search adds air, safety, warmth, health and sex. Sometimes one or two other ideas like companionship get tossed out, and Wikipedia adds sanitation, education, healthcare and internet to the list. (I suppose if you’re Wikipedia, you have to say the internet is a necessity.)

Amazingly, sleep seems to escape everyone’s notice as a basic need.

However, almost everyone recognizes the necessity of sleep. Numerous clinical studies have shown the negative effects from lack of sleep on health, cognition, student test scores and any number of other measures. Even if a person hasn’t heard about the studies, they know what insomnia or pulling an all-nighter in college is like. From my own experience working graveyard shifts, inadequate sleep impairs judgment, reduces the pleasure of normally enjoyable experiences, and promotes unhealthy habits—like eating junk food and more.

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Peace House People

This poetical picture story is by Mike Hazard. It is part of a project called Peace House People. The work will be exhibited at Franklin Library in February, 2020. The project is funded by an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

MIKE HAZARD

BACK PORCH

Life surprises on the back porch
at Peace House.

Ellie listened to music while Shayna braided her waist-length hair. Shayna said, “Mama used to always say, ‘Suffer for beauty.’”

“When I look at this picture, I see a scene I have seen a hundred times in the neighborhood,” said the spoken word poet Fatima Camara. “I feel like I know these people even though we have never met.”

“When I look at this picture, I see
a blended family,” said the artist Bill Jeter.

A blended family is a perfect metaphor for the Peace House Community.

Life is good on the back porch.

MIKE HAZARD

I STILL LIKE TOMORROW

Stories are shared at Peace House,
the living room of Franklin Avenue.

People speak and we, the people listen.

Near the end of a meditation,
Soynavong Sivo Ravong witnessed
murders, violence, and the hell
that has been happening and will.

Then he ended, “I still like tomorrow.”

Born in Laos, he fought the Vietnam War.
It’s the war we must remember is
also known as the American War.

“I stole a canoe to get out of Thailand.
I came to the United States in 1980.
I work with fiberglass in Lakeville.
I still like tomorrow.”

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association

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Peace Day Procession Evening

Peace Day Procession evening “Projections of Light and Color” on St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 15th Av So. At 28th Street September 21st.

BART BUCH and PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL
BART BUCH and PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL
BART BUCH and PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL
BART BUCH and PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL
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