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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Minnesota

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The community recently made history donating $900,000 over a three-year period to the American Indian College Fund. Officials said this is the first such generous donation to the fund. The three annual installments of $300,000 will be used to leverage funds from other tribal nations to endow a scholarship fund for Indian students. Executive Director Richard Williams said the gift is especially important because it is the "first time a tribe has committed to supporting scholarships for all American Indian students across the country."

? As part of its ongoing program of helping others, the community has donated $122,000 to 27 local, non-profit organizations for the 2001 Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Most of the donations will be used to buy gifts for children from underprivileged families or go toward purchase of food for individuals. The largest single donation, $21,000, goes to the Community Action Program serving Scott, Dakota and Carver counties for holiday assistance. An $8,000 donation to the Minneapolis American Indian Center to provide toys, clothing and gifts for American Indian families in the Twin Cities. Over the last three years, the community in Prior Lake has donated more than $12 million to American Indian tribes and non-profit entities.