Posted by Native Roots Radio on Thursday, May 28, 2020
He called on those gathered at Wednesday’s press conference and those watching it to gather in the parking lot of a coffee shop later Wednesday night, and AIM would send them to various Native businesses and offices to provide security. “This is your community,” Paro said. “These programs are for us, for our families, our kids, our grandkids. We can’t lose no programs.” But he didn’t blame the protestors for the damage they were inflicting on local businesses and offices. “The Minneapolis Police Department is the cause of all these actions,” he said. “They murdered that young man, just like they have murdered a lot of us, people of color from the Twin Cities area.” “We remember this young man that was killed along with others they have killed among us.” And he called on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to file charges against the four officers involved in Floyd’s killing. Those officers have been identified as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng. Chauvin is the one seen in the now viral video with his knee pressed firmly against Floyd’s neck until Floyd is seen going limp. All four officers at the scene have been fired, and the FBI has launched a civil rights investigation. On Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also called for charges to be brought against Chauvin, saying “George Floyd deserves justice. His family deserves justice. The black community deserves justice, and our city deserves justice.” Lisa Bellanger, co-director of the National American Indian Movement, said she understood the pain and anger minority people in Minneapolis are feeling following the killing of Floyd. “I couldn’t even watch the complete video. It made me so sick,” he said. “If that was one of my relatives, one of my blood relatives, I’d be devastated, and it hurts my heart.” But, she said, responding to violence with more violence won’t resolve anything, and she criticized the looting and destruction of local businesses. “We want justice for George Floyd, but we don’t want to do so destroying our own community,” she said.
Darlene Day of the St. Paul arm of the American Indian Movement asked for Native people to take their drums and sing healing songs for protestors bent on looting and destruction. “I would ask you to work with your tobacco. I would ask you to sing your healing songs,” she said. “Everybody is feeling the actions that took place,” she said, before singing a healing song of her own with her sister, Charlene Day-Castro. “Everybody understands that historical trauma hits us right here and stays with us.” One of the offices that was near the center of the violence Wednesday night belongs to MIGIZI Communications, a nonprofit that teaches Native youth the skills they need to be successful. Robert Pilot, the host of Native Roots Radio, a local talk show that focuses on Native American issues and news, said MIGIZI was the first radio station in Minneapolis to serve Native people and trained many of Indian Country’s first radio personalities. The nonprofit’s offices are filled with valuable recordings of interviews with leaders of the American Indian Movement, which was founded in Minneapolis in 1968 to curb police violence, Pilot said.
MIGIZI has been a staple in the Minneapolis American Indian community since 1974. It was founded to help combat the...Posted by Binesikwe Means on Friday, May 29, 2020
The anger and grief of this moment is unbearable. People deserve to be seen. People deserve to be heard. People deserve to be safe. While many are taking extensive safety precautions while exercising their right to protest, the demonstration last night became incredibly unsafe.— Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (@LtGovFlanagan) May 28, 2020