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NATIVE AMERICANS IN PHILANTHROPY HONORS SMSC AT CELEBRATION
Tuesday, May 05 2015
 
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Native Americans in Philanthropy presented its annual Tribal Philanthropy of the Year Award to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community during its 25th anniversary celebration on May 4 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

“Since its gaming enterprise first saw success in the 1990s, the SMSC has been a major driver of tribal philanthropy across the country,” NAP's development and communications director Y. Elaine Rasmussen said. “The SMSC is the largest philanthropic giver in Indian Country, and this year demonstrated their leadership by establishing a national campaign to improve Native American nutrition. This campaign, and the tribe’s long giving tradition, is the embodiment of what NAP seeks to recognize every year.”

According to a press release, SMSC's Gaming Enterprise has been responsible for $200 million in grants and loans throughout Indian Country. One of the tribe's in-house endeavors, Seeds of Native Health – the $5 million campaign launched in March by the SMSC and its partners – is a nationally-coordinated effort to improve nutrition of Native Americans across the country though increased access to fresh and healthy foods, education, and research.

“The value of sharing is a deeply rooted Dakota tradition, and is one we strive to honor every day through our partnerships and our giving,” SMSC Chairman Charlie Vig said. “We are grateful for this recognition, and hope our efforts continue to strengthen and support Indian Country for generations to come.”

Founded in 1990, NAP is a national nonprofit membership organization that works to advance philanthropy supporting Native values and communities. Each year, NAP honors the exceptional work of a tribe that grounds its philanthropic giving in traditional values and traditions through the Tribal Philanthropy of the Year Award.


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