By Rupa Shenoy
The goal is to re-brand the traditional heart of the city's Native American community as a place where both Indians and tourists can enjoy Native American food, art, and culture.
People arriving by car, bike or light rail might see a play at an American Indian theater or stay at an Indian-owned hotel. Along the way they may pass a pow-wow in a park or a new school for Indian youth. They could also stop in at Indian cafes, where elders gather to tell stories.
"That is what, in essence, we're sort of thinking about--little Italy, Chinatown," he said. "This would be the first we know of--the first urban Indian destination corridor in the country."
Below: "A view of the one-mile stretch of Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis that organizers hope to turn into the country's first Indian cultural corridor." (MPR Photo/Rupa Shenoy)