Top 3 Vibrant Communities | August 31 – September 4
September 4, 2015 by Blandin Foundation
1. White Earth: “I traveled the world through books,” said White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor in a recent Detroit Lakes online article. Opening up the world to all White Earth children is exactly what happened last month when the community celebrated the grand opening of Maamigin Achigaazo (which translates to “The Gathering Place” in Ojibwe). As first public library on the White Earth reservation, the new space will be a “welcoming, vibrant place for people to gather.”
2. Red Lake County: After being named the “absolute worst place to live in America” by Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham, Red Lake County residents launched a social media crusade to defend their homeland. The exchange led to the Washington DC-based reporter to travel 1,400 miles to visit the supposed-shanty town of Red Lake Falls. What he found wasn’t what he expected.
3. Granite Falls: Next week rural advocates from all over the country will converge in Washington DC for the 2015 Rural Assembly. In anticipation of the event, The Daily Yonder profiled a number of the speakers. Last week, Sarina Otaibi, a young leader from Granite Falls, shared her story. Landing in the small town for what she thought would be a pass-through job, Sarina has since “eared a spot on the city council, started converting a decommissioned church into a community space, and created a brewery co-op.”
Thumbnail photo credit: Christopher Ingraham/Washington Post
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