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LSS honors Ridgewater, Lower Sioux Community

WILLMAR — Lutheran Social Service Financial Counseling of Minnesota has honored Ridgewater College Agriculture Department and the Lower Sioux Indian Community (Darin Minkel and the Tribal Council), along with other dedicated advocates and organizations, for working behind the scenes to help Minnesotans find the best solutions for their unique circumstances.

The organizations were honored as community advocates for their extraordinary commitment to people June 13 at the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis.

For over a decade, Ridgewater College instructors have made personal finance education a priority for first-year students. In a money management unit, students track their expenses for two weeks, create a budget and set short- and long-term goals around finances.

The Lower Sioux Indian Community has demonstrated innovative leadership in helping young people and the entire tribal community to develop financial wellness. Free financial counseling services and financial education are available to all tribal members, including high school youth.

Dakota Futures and the Tribal Council are looking into ways to help leverage the gambling revenue that is given to every youth who turns 18 by using education to steer individuals toward an asset-building path. If enacted, the tribe would be among the first in the country to take on such an initiative.