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City supports Shakopee's Land-into-Trust request
Sunday, November 01 2009
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Before Prior Lake City Council members voted to support the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s latest trust-land request in September, Mayor Jack Haugen gave an impassioned speech about the benefits of tribal contributions vs. the potential loss in tax revenue.

Addressing the tribe’s request to place 78 acres of land in Prior Lake into trust status, Haugen challenged Scott County commissioners who opposed the request to consider the benefits of $21.5 million in tribal contributions to area infrastructure and programs over the last four years. “How does that compare to $4,000 in lost tax revenue? Is this truly a tax issue, or is it something else?” Haugen said.

AIFEP announces formation of the Tiwahe Foundation
Sunday, November 01 2009
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The American Indian Family Empowerment Program (AIFEP), a donor-designated fund has achieved its goal of creating a new foundation called the Tiwahe Foundation. “Tiwahe” means “family” in the Dakota language.

The goal of the Tiwahe Foundation is to build upon AIFEP’s 16-year history of grant making to Minnesota’s American Indian community. After 13 years of operating as a donor-designated program, AIFEP received its IRS classification as a public charity in July.

New Tribal Nations Plaza
Thursday, October 22 2009
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Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza officially opens The Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza at the new University of Minnesota football stadium was dedicated on August 17. The million plaza represents the 11 federally recognized tribes in Minnesota. It features a veteran’ memorial and glass markers for each tribe.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) donated $12.5 million to the university for the plaza and other projects at the stadium. It was the single largest donation for the school’s athletics program.

Minneapolis Proclaims June 16th "Laela Shaugobay Day"
Tuesday, July 08 2008
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Thousands of children have fallen from windows, but the American Indian Community Development Corporation was the first developer to get the law changed.

On the first anniversary of 2-year-old Laela Shaugobay’s (Mille Lac Band Ojibwe) fall from a window and near death, she and State Legislators unveiled the recently-passed “Laela’s Law” aimed at protecting children in newly constructed buildings. Miraculously, Laela was not permanently injured, but a second child who also feel from a window in the same building that same year, died. It’s a miraculous moment considering many thought she would never survive the fall.
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