Helping the Homeless

a non-profit organization

About the project

A tent city on the corner of Hiawatha and Franklin has become a make shift home and community for more than 200 Native American men, women and children.

These are our relatives— our friends, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. People who yearn for healthy, productive lives that find themselves instead living in a tent on a strip of grass beside a highway.

A combination of bad luck, lack of opportunity, and hard choices has brought them to this place. They, like so many of our people, have struggled to find stability. The result of generations of trauma, displacement and disconnection from our culture and way of life.  Too many suffer from homelessness, poverty, and chemical abuse— this camp is a visual reminder that we must do better.

The Red Lake Nation has donated land that will be used as a short-term housing solution in Minneapolis—but we need help to ensure vulnerable families are sheltered ahead of the fast approaching Minnesota winter.

Please join our us in our effort to provide warmth, safety, and basic comfort to homeless Minnesota families.

We need your help

We are developing a program to provide transitional and long-term housing solutions for our community members. This new initiative will increase opportunities by expanding access to housing and streamlining the process to get people into safe homes.  

Donations will be used to help people secure and retain housing—including hiring staff to provide referral and placement support and coordinate the transition into permanent supportive housing. We can't do this alone—please consider a tax-deductible donation today.

“Winter is coming, and we absolutely have to get people into safer conditions,”—Sam Strong, Secretary of the Red Lake Nation



Ensuring our people have a safe place to call home.

Make a tax-deductible donation today!



in the news

Minneapolis City Council approves $1.5 million for homeless camp relocation

October 20th, 2018. The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved spending $1.5 million for the relocation of the Hiawatha homeless camp, even though the type of temporary housing to be used and who will operate it remain undetermined.

City camp is site of Native American homelessness, heroin … and hope

October 19th, 2018. The Wall of Forgotten Natives, a makeshift camp in Minneapolis, is ground zero of a housing and opioid crisis for urban Native Americans - but it also provides stability and love

Mpls., Red Lake push ahead on emergency shelter as winter nears

October 19, 2018. The Red Lake Nation and the city of Minneapolis are rushing to build emergency shelter for around 200 people living at the state's largest homeless encampment.

At Minneapolis homeless camp, recovering addicts seek refuge amid the squalor

October 14th, 2018. “Winter is coming, and we absolutely have to get people into safer conditions,” said Sam Strong, secretary of the Red Lake Nation, as he toured the site Thursday.

Management coalition proposed for relocation of Minneapolis homeless camp

October 11, 2018. The city of Minneapolis has recommended that a coalition of social-service agencies manage the planned relocation center for people now living in the homeless tent encampment along Franklin and Hiawatha avenues.

Relief In Sight For Some Residents Of Minneapolis’s ‘Wall Of Forgotten Natives’

October 10, 2018. The encampment near Cedar and Franklin avenues, which residents have named “The Wall of Forgotten Natives,” has grown beyond its initial corner. There are now tents on a median surrounded by traffic along Franklin Avenue. And as the site continues to grow, so do the concerns with winter-like weather approaching.

Hennepin County spending $214,000 to house a dozen people from tent camp

October 10th, 2018. A dozen people living in the massive homeless camp in south Minneapolis will move into a south Minneapolis fourplex, after Hennepin County allocated more than $214,000 for the emergency housing.

Homeless, volunteers say recognizing dignity key to helping encampment residents

October 10, 2018 Torres, 18, and other members of her young adult group at Holy Rosary in Minneapolis were handing out food and bottled water to people living at the large homeless encampment at Franklin and Hiawatha Avenues in Minneapolis. The camp is two blocks from their

Across a range of measures, Minnesota’s American Indians fare worse than other groups. So why isn’t it talked about more?

October 10, 2018. The colorful tents pitched next to a major commuter thoroughfare have made the problem of American Indian homelessness difficult for the broader community to ignore.

Volunteers help make sure those living at Franklin-Hiawatha encampment have food

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Red Lake Nation completes first survey of Franklin-Hiawatha encampment

October 5th, 2018. Nearly 200 people are living in tents at the homeless encampment at Hiawatha and Franklin Avenues, according to the first in-depth survey of the camp's residents. The survey was commissioned by the Red Lake Nation.

Wall of Forgotten Natives to Move

October 4th, 2018. The Red Lake Nation is heavily involved with addressing these longer term problems as well. The temporary navigation center is to be housed in a former wholesale hardware complex that Red Lake purchased a year ago. It plans to build a six-story, 109-unit affordable housing complex on the site beginning in 2019.