No matter who comes out on top, rappers say the competition is already paying off for artists in the small but growing Hmong hip-hop community hustling to get their music heard.
The Minnesota Department of Health doled out four grants to two nonprofit groups and two counties to help educate communities of color about the potential health risk of using cosmetics that lighten skin.
Nearly 3,500 people nationwide are subject to removal under the proposal; in Minnesota, several hundred could be affected.
In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Rep. Betty McCollum calls the plan ‘unconscionable’
A first-of-its-kind study of Karen refugees in St. Paul diagnosed with major depression offers hope that refugees scarred by the trauma of war and torture can recover.
Suzanne Rivera, 50, will be the first woman and first Latina to lead the nationally known St. Paul liberal arts college. The school announced her hiring Monday.
Some 50 people on Saturday protested President Trump’s newly announced restrictions on immigration from Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan, warning they will have an outsized effect on Minnesota’s new immigrant populations.
Warsame made history in 2013 when he became the first Somali in Minnesota elected to the Minneapolis City Council. His latest move makes history again, and puts a City Council seat in play.
Somalis in Minnesota and the world are watching the case of an East Grand Forks mother whose children were removed by child protective services. Somali community members believe she’s being treated unfairly, but the facts are not black and white.
Some 400 people filled the Minnesota Capitol rotunda Sunday, calling on India’s government to end policies they say will take away the citizenship of many Muslims in India, and calling for Congress to apply pressure.
“Noura” re-envisions a classic play for the 21st century, featuring Iraqi characters. It grapples with sexism women continue to face today while also mining themes of Islamophobia, trauma, and not belonging as a refugee in America.
A younger generation is kindling a difficult but important conversation about mental health and suicide in Minnesota’s Hmong community, hoping a public discussion will break the stigma and lead people to get help.
Beltrami County attracted national attention when commissioners voted against refugee resettlement last week. Ahead of the vote, false information about resettlement circulated on social media, in text messages and in flyers mailed to some county residents.
In a recent court filing, Guled Omar said his lawyer failed to negotiate a plea deal with the government in 2016 and was ineffective in representing him. He’s asking a federal judge to vacate or reduce his sentence.
What you need to know as local governments scramble to comply with Trump order.
A presidential executive order has prompted county boards across the country to weigh whether they’ll allow refugees to be resettled within their borders.
Minnesota’s Liberian community is celebrating a new federal law that opens a path for permanent residency in the U.S. Advocates say it’s a happy ending to a long, hard-fought journey. Just a year ago, many Liberians feared deportation.
Six of the 12 candidates in the coming District 60A special election in Minneapolis are first- or second-generation immigrants, part of a growing trend of people with new-immigrant roots seeking political power in Minnesota and the U.S.
The city’s fast-growing immigrant communites are creating opportunities and tensions.
A survey conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication found that those who identify themselves as Republicans are the only individual group that favors the government’s approach at the border.
Sisters Sumaya and Fadumo Hassan help callers manage their experiences with bullying, anti-Islam sentiment and issues of identity
Medicaid, food assistance and other federal programs can help keep struggling immigrant families afloat. Many, though, increasingly fear being punished for seeking those benefits, and being labeled a “public charge.”
University of Minnesota student Taoheed Bayo won a Nike design challenge this fall and set about creating a shoe inspired by his Nigerian heritage. His creation, the Afro-Yute Air Max 1, is doing more than selling. It’s teaching.
Other counties are in watch-and-wait mode, noting a lawsuit challenging Trump order.
Adding sprinklers in old buildings can be expensive. But proponents say it’s worth it.
The Twin Cities-based news site that focuses on the stories of Minnesota’s new immigrants was chosen Monday for funding by Report for America, a national service program that trains emerging journalists.
A University of Minnesota program matches international students learning English with local high school students who have gone through Chinese immersion programs. Both get to work on their language skills in a conversational setting.
Mothers struggling to help their children with substance abuse are often told they’re too soft on their kids. At a meeting Monday night, families and addiction experts said it’s time for the community to confront the problem and end the judgment.
Patriarchy remains a powerful force in the lives of African families in America, as longtime Minnesotan Jeffrey Bissoy discovered recently when he decided to leave his job and follow his heart — and then Uncle Claude asked: “In what world do you think this is OK?”
The retail giant removed the products after an online petition and a full-page newspaper ad demanded Amazon stop selling creams designed to lighten people’s skin.
More than two dozen groups across the state get grants to help Minnesotans sign up for health insurance.
Family and friends describe Shirwa Hassan Jibril as a compassionate man who liked to assist his fellow elders with documents and forms that needed filling out.
Methodist Hospital on Thursday became the nation’s first to carry hijabs in its gift shop. That change was driven by a hospital worker who saw patients struggling with makeshift hijabs to cover their heads.
“We made our campaigns about people,” says council member-elect Nelsie Yang, 24 — a renter, a woman of color and one of the new faces of political power in St. Paul.
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Each November, the Hmong American Farmers Association offers artwork people can buy alongside produce grown by Hmong farmers. This year’s art — candles featuring flowers from a Hmong family’s field — comes with a good story.
The Minnesota chapter of a national civil rights group is calling for hate crime charges after a west metro food delivery driver was allegedly attacked by a man who told him to “go back to where you came from.”
Organizers plan to protest an appearance Thursday from Usama Dakdok, who has visited Minnesota dozens of times to convince his audience that Islam is dangerous.
Nadia Mohamed, 23, came to St. Louis Park as a refugee at age 10. Now she’s council member-elect, ready to focus on affordable housing, climate action and racial equity. It’s a whirlwind story.
Some stores are closing earlier at night. Others have installed new lights and cameras. Owners say these costly steps are needed to restore a sense of safety after a vandal smashed windows on Franklin Avenue and told police he hated Somalis.
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Let’s recognize the vital role Minnesota’s new immigrants play in the economy and cultivate their skills to take on the high-demand careers of the future, writes Hamse Warfa, deputy commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Drug addiction is a source of shame in immigrant communities. Children’s overdoses are often cloaked as heart attacks or unexplainable deaths. Some young Twin Cities advocates are working now to push the problem into the light in the hope of saving lives.
The U.S. government once deemed Hmong refugees unsuitable for American resettlement. Yang See, who had worked for the CIA, made the case they belonged.
Libraries in Minnesota offer an ever-expanding catalog of resources and services. At the Rondo Community Library in St. Paul there are story times in several different languages, a book, vinyl and DVD collection and reference librarians prepared to help with anything — really anything.
The Trump administration’s so-called “public charge” rule that was set to go into effect this month has been blocked by federal judges. Still, some who work with Minnesota’s immigrant community say the proposal generated fear and confusion, prompting some to take their children off Medicaid.
When do you call 911? How do you pay a parking ticket? Rochester’s New Americans Academy aims to teach the basics.
Andrea Duarte-Alonso said she began her project, Stories from Unheard Voices, with a focus on the Latino community after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants criminals and “rapists.”
The state’s largest non-European immigrant populations are deepening their roots in the state, new research shows, even as the number of foreign-born residents slowly declines.
President Trump singled out Somali refugees for scorn during his political rally Thursday in Minneapolis, home to the nation’s largest Somali population. Somali people here see it as part of the administration’s campaign to demonize immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and slash the number of refugee settlements.
“Hmong for Native Speakers” has helped bridge Hmong family culture and classroom academics at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park. Observers say the experiment offers a possible path to boosting achievement for students of color.
Writing about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s divorce filing puts facts to an issue where misinformation has ruled, Sahan Journal editor Mukhtar Ibrahim writes. The scrutiny is also part of life as an elected official. They sacrifice some of their privacy for the privilege of representing us.
Ilhan Omar officially filed for divorce on Friday in Hennepin County District Court. The couple has three children together.
The Dar Al Farooq Youth and Family Center has been the subject of online videos targeting Muslims. Police are investigating reports of harassment.
A partnership between the city of St. Paul and New Vision Foundation is helping train teens in modern computer programming. Many are first generation immigrants. A new city grant will help significantly expand the number of students trained.
Mahatma Gandhi’s belief in nonviolent change feels like a fading memory now as nationalist hate and bigotry rise in India, striking at the nation’s very foundation, writes Zafar Siddiqui.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda on Sunday called on Christians to protect immigrants and refugees “who find themselves in strange lands.” His homily came on the Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
Harlin St. John faces five counts of damage to property and bias crimes for smashing store windows last week. He allegedly told investigators it was in retaliation because he believed Somalis had shot at his family and he hates “the Somalis.”
After her own divorce, Mailee Yang set out to learn more about the pressures faced by divorced women in her community. She surveyed hundreds of Hmong American women across the country about their experiences.
Nearly 400 people gathered in Columbia Heights on Sunday afternoon to condemn human rights abuses and security crackdowns under India’s Hindu nationalist-led government.
A surveillance video from the vandalized stores shows a man wearing a black tank top throwing rocks at the glass windows of East African-owned stores in Minneapolis.
Right-wing media on social media platforms falsely claim that a video shows Somalis brutally beating and robbing a man near Target Field. Police say those arrested aren’t Somali. Twitter, Facebook and Google executives are silent as a dangerous lie spreads.
Community members are trying to discuss addiction openly, normalize treatment and provide culturally competent counseling.
Many Minnesota schools have had reports of racist incidents in recent years. One district in North St. Paul is using student voices to combat racism.
MayKao Hang’s life experiences were vital to her as CEO of the Wilder Foundation. They’ll be equally important as she prepares to take over as founding dean of the University of St. Thomas College of Health.
We should never forget the horror of 9/11. But, 18 years later, we must find a way to stop blaming all Muslims, writes Ashalul Aden of Rochester, Minnesota. “Sadly, I am not sure many people know how to do that.”
“Through the community garden, I made many friends. I got to know how to grow vegetables around here,” one gardener said. “And I keep learning. We kind of complete each other. We learn from each other.”
The Latino Youth Development Collaborative is trying to help first-generation Latino families navigate the complexities of Minnesota schools.
Thousands of new Americans were naturalized in two ceremonies at St. Paul RiverCentre on Wednesday. In 2018, the number of people across the nation who became citizens reached a five-year high.
Refugee-serving agencies in Minnesota are finding new ways to adapt to the changing refugee-services landscape — by shifting resources and tapping into new demographics.
New Trump administration rules penalizing legal immigrants for using public benefits could affect students and school systems.
Somali North American Business and Professionals Inc. began mostly as a loose project in 2017 on Facebook. It quickly grew to become one of the most popular Facebook groups for Somalis. With more than 15,000 members, it has now officially transitioned from mainly having online interactions to in-person connections.
“Many of the Kashmiri diaspora in the U.S. have not been able to communicate with their family members for the last several weeks,” a cardiologist from Kashmir living in Rochester told Sahan Journal.
1A interviewed Somalis in Minneapolis Thursday on a variety of issues related to their experiences coming to and living in Minnesota. It’s expected to be broadcast on Sept. 5.
The FBI’s Minneapolis field office confirms it and other law enforcement agencies are aware of the threat and looking into it. Ilhan posted a copy of the threat on Twitter.
A soccer field is the first big project of the Meadow Park Initiative, a new community organizing effort in Rochester aimed at building trust, safety and stability in a neighborhood where Somali and Latino immigrants have come together from opposite sides of the globe to build their lives in America.
The lure of nearly $26,000 in total prize money helps fuel high turnout for the Midwest Hmong Outdoors’ bass fishing tournament — but it’s the sense of community draws even more.
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is becoming increasingly diverse as the state’s growing immigrant and refugee communities embrace the tradition.
“We are probably a larger community than people may necessarily understand or appreciate, because we don’t fall within a specific box,” a community member said.
The announcement comes after MPR News reported on a private company’s push to reopen a vacant state prison as an immigration detention facility in the the city of Appleton, Minnesota.
Labor advocacy may be new to Somalis in Minnesota, but it’s a story well-known to the German, Scandinavian and Eastern European immigrants of years gone by. Here’s how a new generation of immigrants is making change.
In western Minnesota, one company is hoping to house hundreds of immigrant detainees. But it’s dividing the community.
East Africans do many of the jobs that other people don’t want. Like generations of immigrants before them, they’re sacrificing now with a belief in a better future. That doesn’t mean it’s easy in the present.
A Minnesota summer camp is helping connect city kids and children of refugees to the state’s outdoor summer culture, often for the first time.
More than 300 families have migrated to Minnesota from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of a devastating 2017 hurricane. Many are rebuilding their lives here, though they face barriers. Some aren’t sure if they’ll stay.
Fearful of being labeled as “public charges” and jeopardizing their chances of becoming permanent residents, many low-income immigrants in Minnesota are not enrolling in public-assistance programs.
Subway employee Andrew Benning told Rochester police that he “yelled at” a Muslim customer and “lost it, because I get angry when I am thirsty.”
In recent years, several first, second and even some third-ring suburbs in the Twin Cities have seen their populations of foreign-born residents spike. The latest census data has shown double-digit increases over the past two to three decades in many communities.
A small but growing number of families are leaving the Twin Cities and putting down roots in Greater Minnesota.
The influx of Hmong Americans into Walnut Grove gave the community a boost, but two decades in, they’re facing the same challenge as other rural parts of the state: How do you give young people a reason to stay?
Haji Yussuf attended college and raised a family in St. Cloud. He worked to ease racial and religious tensions and build a community welcoming to immigrants. But he says incidents the past few years have poisoned the place he loved.
Green Card Voices was launched in 2013 as a single website. It has since evolved into a full-fledged nonprofit operation that has produced videos, books, school curriculum guides, and a conversation card game.
At least a dozen Somali authors have published or are publishing children’s books, novels and memoirs about their community. The effort, centered in Minnesota, is revolutionizing the community’s age-old oral tradition.
The recorded presidential message has been a part of naturalization ceremonies for two decades. Federal judges here, however, are not playing Trump’s video congratulations, and it’s not clear why.
Eid al-Adha is one of the two holidays that Muslims celebrate across the world.
An influx of immigrants from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other cricket-loving countries is growing the game in Minnesota, and building ties between faiths, cultures and nationalities.
A gunman’s racist attack on Latino shoppers at an El Paso, Texas, mall has left many Latino people here angry and worried they may be targets. “We are afraid our community in Minnesota is not safe,” says one local organizer.
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Started from humble beginnings, the festival on the Capitol grounds showcased the culture, food and music of India.“This is an occasion where our political leaders can see us,” one leader says.
Mukhtar Ibrahim didn’t plan to be a reporter when he came to Minnesota from East Africa in 2005, but he quickly grasped journalism’s value. Now 31, the seasoned journalist is launching Sahan Journal, a website focused on Minnesota’s rapidly growing immigrant communities.