The American Indian College Fund Flame of Hope Gala, held October 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota raised more than $650,000 that will benefit Native American students.
As part of the entertainment at the event, renowned Pawnee and Yakima artist Bunky Echo-Hawk created a painting live. The piece is a portrait of an American Indian man in traditional dress. It was awarded to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) for pledging $50,000 toward the Richard B. Williams-Seventh Generation Leadership Endowment scholarship.
Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, who has replaced Williams as AICF president and CEO, honored the late Stanley R. Crooks, former SMSC tribal chairman for how his leadership has changed the lives of his people and Indian country.
“He saw all Native peoples as his relatives and supported them just as he did his own people. With his leadership, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community became one of the American Indian College Fund’s most valued and generous supporters,” Crazy Bull said, according to an AICF press release.
The artwork created by Bunky Echo-Hawk at the Flame of Hope Gala and given to SMSC for their $50,000 donation.