City of Minneapolis Ward 6 Newsletter March 8th, 2013

Minneapolis Ward 6 Council Member Robert Lilligren

 March 08, 2013

Red Lake

Red Lake State of Band Address


The Minneapolis American Indian Center, on East Franklin Avenue in Ward 6, was alive with Native songs, drums and dancers to celebrate the first ever Red Lake State of Band address given in our city. Tribal Chair Floyd “Buck” Jourdain and other Red Lake Council Members traveled to Minneapolis on Saturday March 2nd to address his urban members, nearly half the Band, just one day after delivering his State of Band Address in Red Lake. I was honored to be present and to address the crowd.


The metro/reservation connection is an important and evolving part of American Indian life. As a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, I am very aware and sensitive to the metro/urban Indian dynamic. Native People move between these communities and most Tribes have half, or more, of their membership living off-reservation; often in the metro area. Tribal resources do not follow members off the reservation, often making it a challenge to meet the community’s needs.


I have long been interested in encouraging greater Tribal investment in the City of Minneapolis. In my first term in office, I helped the City partner with Mille Lacs Band to develop affordable housing for their members. Since then, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, made up six reservations,  has purchased property on East Franklin Avenue where the reservations maintain urban offices and Red Lake has purchased and redeveloped the urban embassy on Bloomington Avenue in South Minneapolis. In my work as Board Chair of the Native American Community Development Institute, I strive for ways to encourage greater Tribal investment in the people and places in our city.  


At his State of the Band Address, Chairman Jourdain said, “Overall, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is doing well.” He also cited action the Tribal Council has taken in the last year to improve conditions for members, both reservation and urban.

I think events like the State of Band, delivered here in Minneapolis, go a long way to strengthening the connection between the reservation and metro populations. I hope that Chair Jourdain, and other Tribal Chairs, continue this practice in the coming years. 


Warm regards,

Robert Lilligren

Mondays with Robert

Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.

You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Gerardo at 673-2206 or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.

First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am

Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am

Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am

Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am


 Tax Season Is Here!

Tax season is here and the filing date, April 15, is quickly approaching. Luckily the non-profit group AccountAbility Minnesota is providing free tax preparation and financial services for those who qualify. IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand at the Hope Community Center Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays to help individuals, families, and self-employed individuals with their tax preparation. Clinics operate on a first-come, first-served basis so it is a good idea to arrive when the clinic starts, or even 15 minutes earlier, to get in line. Please allow at least two hours or more for tax preparation. Also, make sure to bring a picture id, social security card, and your W-2s when you come in. Find a clinic near you.


 Make It Pop Art Gallery

Make it Pop, at the All My Relations Gallery  features the collective works of eleven Native Artists who strive to use the influence of pop culture in every one of their pieces, either through reaction to or conjunction with it. Make it pop will utilize the individual talents of these artist to convey both the tremendous history and culture of the Native people, as it applies to the current  trends of pop culture. These artists express their message through a variety of mediums from metalwork, to ceramics, painting and printmaking; in addition to covering a range of tribes, spanning across the country. The gallery will be on display form February 15th - May 4th 2013 and is completely FREE to the public.

From the Office of City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren
350 South 5th Street, City Hall, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415 · Ward 6 website · (612) 673-2206

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