A day-care service - the first in the state to be licensed by a tribe - and a computer/training center benefited from a $20,000 donation from the Alcoa Foundation in January. The Akwesasne Neighborhood Network Center, a HUD initiative which opened in October, will offer job search help, computer training and other personal development workshops, a first in Indian country, said spokeswoman Rowena General. "We are quite proud of that." The center is off Route 37 in the renovated offices of the old tribal court. HUD contracted with Anderson Associates to provide the first 10 computers and technical support. The center received $15,000 of the Alcoa funds. HSBC Bank and General Motors have donated $2,000 and $6,000 respectively. A variety of other donations have been received for equipment and services, a HUD mandate since the agency will not fund an annual budget. The child-care center, which opened last November, may use its $5,000 for a playground though Rita LaFrance, executive director of tribal human services, said that hasn't been decided. The center is trying to incorporate Native culture into its programs, she said.
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