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Shakopee Mdewakanton award $250,000 grant to Lower Sioux

PRIOR LAKE -- The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Lower Sioux Indian Community of Morton for community recreation and crisis intervention.

This grant, announced in a news release, is part of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's most recent round of more than $10 million in grants awarded to 18 American Indian tribes in eight states.

The Lower Sioux Recreation Center will receive $205,000, which will be used to help with cultural programs, after-school nutrition, arts and crafts, a computer lab where children can do homework after school, and the installation of a solar energy system. The remaining $45,000 will go toward crisis intervention efforts.

The Lower Sioux Indian Community is located in Redwood County. Approximately 145 families live on 1,743 acres of tribal land. A total tribal population of 982 resides throughout a 10-mile service area and beyond.

In recent years the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has made a $28 million loan to the Lower Sioux to fund debt consolidation and donated $3.3 million for the completion of the Lower Sioux's Children's Youth Center, the addition of a fitness room, and other tribal projects.