Almost a thousand supporters of same-sex marriage jammed the Capitol Rotunda Thursday to celebrate Valentine’s Day and spur efforts to open the way for same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
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What if they gave a debate about guns in society and there were no guns in the room?
Minnesota may never know what that would look like.
Last week’s series of hearings in the Minnesota State Capitol on legislation to reduce gun violence had an unintended and unforeseen outcome: Guns in society wasn’t the most pressing issue. Guns in the Capitol was. Continue Reading →
Daniel Yang is part of a new cohort of young leaders in the Native American community in South Minneapolis, a half-Native, half-Asian grassroots activist with a passion for public service and a special compassion for refugees. The experience of being lost, exiled and afraid is one his family knows well: Yang’s father was a Hmong refugee who, along with his Ojibwe mother, instilled a commitment to social justice and community service in his son. Continue Reading →
Legislation opening the way for same-sex marriage in Minnesota finally is being introduced in the Legislature. But does the Democratic majority have the political will to follow Gov. Mark Dayton and push for marriage equality this session? Continue Reading →
“I want Minnesota to be a state, which affirms that freedom for one means freedom for everyone, and where no one is told it is illegal to marry the person you love,” Governor Mark Dayton told Minnesota lawmakers in his State of the State address. Continue Reading →
Milwaukee community members are skeptical of the police department’s investigation of its own officers in the death of civilian Derek Williams. Continue Reading →
President Obama calls for stricter gun laws, but acknowledges that no number of new laws can entirely prevent the death toll produced by guns, estimated at more than 30,000 a year. Continue Reading →
President Obama’s visit to Minneapolis to tout his plan to reduce gun violence comes after the White House releases a photo of him skeet shooting last August. Continue Reading →
The fight against a proposed weakening of Wisconsin mining regulations that would facilitate the construction of a giant open-pit mine in Ashland County continued this week with hundreds of Wisconsin residents, including many representing Native American tribes, traveling to Madison to testify against the bill at a legislative hearing.
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Minnesota’s below zero temps couldn’t keep marchers from taking to the streets on the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday to carry on King’s struggle for political, economic and racial justice. Continue Reading →
President Barack Obama’s inauguration address touches on climate change, an issue barely mentioned during the 2012 campaign, and gay rights, an issue that the US Supreme Court will likely issue a ruling on this year.
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Activist groups, allying with Democratic lawmakers and armed with legislation to stop “dual tracking,” are rallying behind Rose McGee, who is struggling to keep her Golden Valley home. Continue Reading →
President Barack Obama along with Vice President Joe Biden unveil the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades. Continue Reading →
More than 350 people gathered in the cold at the Wisconsin State Capitol this week to protest a proposed change in state mining regulations that environmentalists and Native Americans fear will pollute streams and waters near Lake Superior. Continue Reading →
President Obama holds a press conference to mark the end of his first term and answers questions about the upcoming fight over the debt ceiling with Republicans in Congress and potential legislation or executive orders to prevent gun violence. Continue Reading →
Following his meeting with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama used his weekly address to update the American people on how the United States will end the war in Afghanistan. Continue Reading →
This is Gov. Mark Dayton’s opportunity to fulfill his campaign pledge and raise taxes on the rich and make Minnesota’s tax system more progressive. But does Dayton have the legislative support and political capital to make good on his pledge? Continue Reading →
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is leaving the Obama administration and says he will head home to be on his walnut farm where he will be “dealing with a different set of nuts.” Continue Reading →
Editor’s note: “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota,” was the winner in the Minnesota category of the 2013 Minnesota Book Awards, which were announced Saturday. Congratulations to authors Gwen Westerman and Bruce White. — updated Sunday, April 14 at 8:07 a.m.
One hundred and fifty years after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, the story of the Dakota Indian people is still connected to a troubled history of broken treaties and brutal repression that followed the war. But there is another deeper and older history: That of the Dakota people and their connection to the land of “Mni Sota Makoce,” the place where the water reflects the clouds in the sky. Minnesota is a Dakota place. Continue Reading →
A two-week journey from South Dakota ends in Mankato, Minnesota to mark the 150th anniversary of the largest execution in the United States where 38 Dakota (Sioux) Indian men were hanged for their involvement in the Dakota-US War of 1862. Continue Reading →
Every year, a silent march and vigil is held to honor those who died while living on the streets of Minnesota. More than 250 names were read at the Simpson United Methodist Church in Minneapolis during the memorial’s 28th year in existence. Continue Reading →
According to tradition, “We Are Here” is what each of the 38 Dakota Indian warriors who were hanged on the day after Christmas in 1862 said as the nooses were placed around their necks. “We Are Here” is also the title of an exhibit on view at the historic James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Minnesota. Native American artists comment on the events and aftermath of the U.S-Dakota War in the form of contemporary painting, sculpture and traditional works. Continue Reading →
Occupy Homes demonstrators launched a new campaign that they hope could solve two problems with the same remedy: moving those who lost their homes through foreclosure into abandoned properties. Continue Reading →
Bill McKibben and 350.org are encouraging colleges to divest from fossil fuel companies — much as academic institutions divested from supporting the South African government under apartheid in the 1980s. Continue Reading →
When asked questions they won’t answer, Milwaukee police apparently try to intimidate a reporter and protester by aiming a video camera at them Continue Reading →