Nikki Tundel Feature Archive

Four years ago, immigration authorities raided a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. It was one of the largest single roundups in U.S. history, resulting in the arrest of nearly 400 undocumented workers. That event is the focus of a new play. (06/20/2012)
Ethnic diversity is shaping Minnesota's culture in many ways, and there's a small but growing movement in the United States to make Sunday morning church services more culturally diverse. However, the vast majority of the nation's religious services remain monocultural, with just one language, race or ethnic group represented. (06/07/2012)
Studies show that Christian churches are among the most segregated gathering places in the United States. Church of All Nations in Columbia Heights sees itself as a national leader in challenging that spiritual status quo. (06/06/2012)
The Norwegian culture was on display across the Twin Cities on May 20, as churches and communities celebrated Syttende Mai, Norway's Constitution Day. ("Syttende Mai" translated means May 17 in Norwegian.) In Minnesota, the holiday is often commemorated on the Sunday closest to that date. Each year, one of the biggest celebrations takes place at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis. (05/21/2012)
The third annual Hmong film festival this weekend features works by artists who tell a variety of stories, signaling a transition in Hmong filmmaking. (05/18/2012)
Middle and high school students from across the Twin Cities area performed at the SAY WORD! Youth Poetry Festival in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 21, 2012. (04/24/2012)
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Kulture Klub Collaborative, a Minneapolis non-profit which helps bring art into the lives of struggling youth. (04/20/2012)
It's said that music is the language of the soul. But for composer Jorge Cozatl, it is also the key to hearing and understanding another culture. The Mexico City native is an artist-in-residence at Burnsville High School where he teaches about the musical traditions of his homeland. (04/09/2012)
A photography exhibit at the Whittier Gallery in Minneapolis aims to showcase young Somali men who are improving the lives of others in the Twin Cities. After years of seeing images of Somali terrorists in the news, photographer Mohamud Mumin wanted to offer a different picture of his community. His first solo show will do just that. (03/29/2012)
For years, photographer Mohamud Mumin watched as a tiny minority of Somali-Americans -- like those who left Minnesota to join the radical Islamic militia group al-Shabab -- made headlines. Mumin wanted to refocus attention on the more positive, and more representative, happenings in the Somali community. In 2010, he began capturing the images of young Somali men and documenting their efforts to improve the lives of those around them. On March 24, 2012, the Whittier Gallery in Minneapolis, Minn., launched an exhibition of his work. (03/27/2012)
A century-old story of discrimination is the basis for a world premiere production opening Friday in Minneapolis. (03/15/2012)
Frey Haile is from Eritrea, Shege Kebede from Ethiopia. Both women are refugees from the brutal conflict between their homelands. Today they own and operate the Flamingo restaurant in St. Paul. Their goal is to share their East African culture with everyone they can. (03/02/2012)
Rapper NikeeJS began recording rhymes when he was 14 years old. Back then, his lyrics relied mostly on rap staples like Beamers and bling. Twelve years later, you might say the Jackson, Minnesota musician has flipped the script. Today, he draws more inspiration from cornfields than Cristal. (02/21/2012)
The rhythmic pounding of a 4,000-year-old Japanese drumming tradition will pulse through Minnesota in the coming weeks as the St. Paul-based Mu Daiko drumming ensemble embarks on its 15th anniversary tour. (02/15/2012)
St. Paul's Hunan Garden is home to one of the capital city's longest-running musical acts. One-man band Ray Evangelista has been belting out cover songs at the Chinese restaurant for more than two decades. (01/30/2012)