Street Banners Unveiled
Franklin Avenue is now the American Indian Cultural Corridor!
On Friday April 30th during the Minnesota American Indian Month Kickoff Parade of Nations community walk, new street banners were unveiled proclaiming Franklin Avenue as the American Indian Cultural Corridor. A ribbon-cutting welcomed the procession to the Corridor. The banners are located on Franklin Avenue between 11th Avenue and 16th Avenue. Later phases plan to extend the banners east to Cedar Avenue.
The banner project was developed in partnership with Ventura Village and the Franklin Area Business Association (FABA). Ventura Village and FABA banners extend wast of the American Indian Cultural Corridor to Chicago Avenue.
The American Indian Cultural Corridor banners were designed by Nativeres, and include both Dakota and Ojibwe design elements. On each pole, the banners include the phrase "Welcome" in English, Dakota, or Ojibwe. Translated directly the Dakota "Tanyan yahi ye/do" means "Nice that you have arrived here." The Ojibwe "Miigwech Bii'izhaayan" translates to "Thank you for coming."
The banners are part of the ongoing development of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, an innovative community-based plan to develop a vibrant cultural and commercial district on Franklin Avenue tied to the Hiawatha LRT.
This project was made possible with support from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.