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SMSC Gives $525,000 to Native American Education Initiatives in June

Monday, June 22, 2015

Prior Lake, Minn. – Reinforcing its commitment to education and Indian Country, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has announced $525,000 in grants to Native American colleges and higher education funds.

These donations include:

Shakopee Mdewakanton Announces 34 Recipients of $535,000 in Public Safety Grants

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced today the 34 public safety grant recipients from across Minnesota that will collectively receive approximately $535,000.

When we learned that nearly 200 agencies had requested $5.4 million, we realized how great the public safety needs are in Minnesota communities,” SMSC Chairman Charlie Vig said. “We wanted to help as many Minnesota communities as we could to be better prepared to respond to emergencies.”

Twenty-Nine Native Americans to Graduate From University of Minnesota With Help of Shakopee Mdewakanton Scholarships

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Press Release Photo

Back row (left to right): University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and his wife Karen; Lucas Bratvold, Red Lake Band of Chippewa; Bill Rudnicki, SMSC Tribal Administrator ; Michelle Haskins, Lac Courte Oreilles; Benjamin Rosaasen, Upper Sioux Community; Keith Anderson, SMSC Vice-Chairman; Rebecca Stratton, representative of the SMSC Scholarship Selection Committee

Front row (left to right): Veronica Kingbird, Red Lake Band of Chippewa; Kateri Naumann-Peters, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate; Ella Robertson, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Lake Traverse; Teresa Peterson, Upper Sioux Community/Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe; Carla Big Bear, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Darian Ziegler, Lower Brule Sioux

Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) joined the University of Minnesota to celebrate the graduation of this year’s 29 SMSC Endowed Scholarship program recipients on April 25. They were the sixth graduating class of students who have received this SMSC scholarship, representing 21 tribes from across the United States.

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