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Mdewakanton Sioux award $2.5 million in grants to tribes nationwide

April 14, 2019 / David Mullen

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to a dozen Indian tribes and Indian-related nonprofits across the United States, including five recipients in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. "Recognizing that there is a need in Indian Country and being fortunate enough to help out in areas that we can is just an enormous source of pride for all of our community members," said Rebecca Crooks-Stratton, secretary and treasurer for the Mdewakanton Sioux. One of the recipients is the First Peoples Fund, an art and culture nonprofit based in Rapid City, S.D. It received $200,000 from the Mdewakanton Sioux to build a center for art, culture and community for the Oglala Lakota who live on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.