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First National Bank Bemidji Foundation President Paul Welle, center, hands Northwest Indian OIC Director Jim Clark the 2010 pledge of a two-year, $25,000 grant to go toward a new facility for the organization. Also pictured is Sue Engel, secretary-treasurer of the foundation. Submitted Photo

First National Bank Bemidji gives $25,000 to NW Indian OIC

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The First National Bank of Bemidji Foundation has awarded Northwest Indian OIC of Bemidji a two-year grant totaling $25,000.

The grant funds will be used toward the purchase and renovation of a building that will become the organization's permanent corporate home.

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Northwest Indian OIC supports the development of strong families, which helps make the community stronger. Key services include pre-employment skill building, employment placement services, culturally competent prisoner re-entry programs, a community nursing assistant program, and a 21st Century Community Learning Centers after-school program.

Northwest Indian OIC is a nonprofit organization that began in Bemidji 1988.

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