NEW AMERICANS

COVID-19 hits immigrant communities across the metro

Multiple factors have heightened the impacts of the pandemic on communities of color, both financially and physically

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota is one of three states that doesn’t share any COVID-19 data broken down by race or ethnicity, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some communities of color across the metro say they’ve been hit extra hard by the pandemic. For some, the pandemic even brings back memories of a world they’d hoped they could one day…

100 People from More Than 30 Countries Become American Citizens

The largest number of immigrants came from Somalia and Iraq

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota just got a bit more diverse as about 100 people from over 30 countries were sworn in as American citizens. Ralf Mehnert–Meland, who’s originally from Germany, became a U.S. citizen 18 years ago, and now he gets to welcome the nation’s newest citizens in a full–circle moment. “I became a citizen a month after the attacks…

New American Consortium Looks for Support on Giving Hearts Day

The funds they can collect will go towards English language tutors, job placement services

FARGO, N.D. — With Giving Hearts Day taking place Thursday, several organizations around town are making their case to get more community support. The New American Consortium held an open house and lunch to tell people more about their goals for this year. For the last three years, they have used their contributions from Giving Hearts Day to fund English tutoring…

Immigrant Development Center Helps New Americans Start Their Own Businesses

The center helps with everything from business plans to getting loans

FARGO, N.D. — The pursuit of the American dream is alive and well in Fargo–Moorhead. One organization called the Immigrant Development Center helps new Americans gain their economic footing. Its executive director, Fowzia Adde, came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1997. “I was happy. I was dancing happy. I was too excited. I love this country before I came to…

Cultural Diversity Resources Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The group was founded in 1994 to serve as a multicultural bridge in the metro

FARGO, N.D. — A group acting as a multi–cultural bridge to New Americans in the metro celebrates its 25th anniversary. Cultural Diversity Resources offered snacks and information about their services and programs as part of an Open House Wednesday. The organization helps people adjust to their new life in the United States while educating others about new cultures. After it was…

A Leap Towards Unity: New American Consortium Starts New Peace Initiative

The Initiative for Peace and Conflict Prevention looks to bring the community together

FARGO, N.D. — After coming to the metro from Liberia 14 years ago, Christian Harris recognizes the importance of learning the English language for New Americans. “You have to be eloquent in the English language to get your message across, and so it’s important for everyone who comes to the country to be able to speak well so they can be…

YMCA Holds Climbing Wall Party As Part of National Welcoming Week

It's a chance for new Americans and people born in the U.S. to get to know each other

FARGO, N.D. — It’s National Welcoming Week, and cities all over the country are putting on activities to welcome immigrants and refugees. The Schlossman YMCA held a climbing wall party, where people got to rock climb on the 32 foot wall. It was a chance for new Americans and people born in the U.S. to get to know each other. Those…

Moorhead Woman Gathers Backpacks from United Way to Donate to Others

Chanon Anderson has collected backpacks for New American children for the last five years

FARGO, N.D. — Stacks upon stacks of backpacks lined the walls inside the FargoDome, but a select few were stacked in bins, handled with care, and delivered to one Moorhead woman. However, Chanon Anderson isn’t keeping any to herself. “It’s just, you know, to help the families out, it’s like Christmas to me to give the kids their backpacks, the joy…

Trump Administration Leaves United Nations Cultural Agency

The decision was a natural part of the administration's nationalistic agenda

FARGO, ND — The Trump Administration has decided to leave a United Nations cultural agency. Officials said they made the decision to leave on its “anti–Israel” stance. The Trump Administration decided to leave UNESCO – or the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The organization’s stated mission is to promote literacy, freedom of the press and equality for women. UNESCO…

Fargo Welcomes Refugees, Immigrants and New Americans

Twenty-three events feature everything from potlucks to happy hour

FARGO, ND — Fargo-Moorhead is the fifth most active welcoming community in America. To keep that status, Welcoming F-M has organized 23 events for Welcome Week 2017. Kevin Brooks made the decision to become a U.S. citizen in 2011. He can still remember words spoken by a man at his naturalization ceremony. “He acknowledged that what a sacrifice people are making…