Another death reported at Minneapolis homeless encampment

The cause of the 51-year-old woman's death is under investigation.
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Authorities are investigating another death at the Hiawatha/Franklin homeless encampment in Minneapolis.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Pamela Rivera, a 51-year-old Native American, died at Hennepin County Medical Center in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Rivera, a mother-of-eight, had been taken to the E.R. from the Hiawatha encampment, but was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

The manner and cause of her death has not been released as it's pending further investigation.

She is believed to have been found unconscious in her tent, with the anti-opioid medication naloxone deployed in an attempt to revive her.

The Star Tribune reports that following her death, a tent housing suspected drug dealers was torn down by the group Natives Against Heroin, who yelled at the occupants to leave.

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It's the third death in the past month linked to the tent city in south Minneapolis, which has been dubbed "The Wall of Forgotten Natives," amid wider concerns about access to health services, as well as drug use and crime in the encampment.

Minneapolis has found a new location to shift the tent dwellers ahead of the winter and provide amenities, but it won't be until December that the temporary facility on Cedar Avenue will be ready.

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