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The outpouring of assistance to victims of the New York and Washington, D.C., terrorist attacks is a story that will be retold for years to come. The many tribes throughout Indian country, although representing only 1 percent of the nation's population, brought staggering offerings of manpower, technical assistance and other contributions including funds to the collective table.

It is a continuing demonstration of the contributions American Indians have made in times of war and crisis. It is with a sense of pride Indian Country Today is able to report these invaluable contributions.

Some tribes, like the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will contribute all net proceeds of gasoline sales for one week. Sandia Pueblo and the Oneida Indian Nation of New York will contribute proceeds from concerts. The Oneida Nation offered the use of heavy equipment and operators, which is under consideration by the state and city of New York, and has helped with shipping expenses for contributions by other tribes. Employees of casinos and tribal governments are collecting money, which has yet to be calculated.

The largest single contribution comes from the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut with $1 million. The Rumsey Rancheria contributed $200,000; $100,000 from the Prairie Band Potawatomi; $25,000 each from Morongo, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla, Pechanga, Berry Creek Rancheria and Cherry Mountain Rancheria; $20,000 from the Choctaw Nation; $10,000 from Coeur d'Alene; $11,000 from St. Regis (Akwesasne) Mohawk, and $1,000 from the Nooksack Tribe.

The amount shown on the chart does not paint the entire picture because many tribes made in-kind contributions or furnished supplies with no dollar amount and others have not taken credit for their contributions or have not made them known to Indian Country Today.

The chart will be continually updated to denote the sacrifices and contributions of Indian country.