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Bemidji art gallery, Red Lake, White Earth in line for grants

BEMIDJI—The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is set to donate $5 million to nonprofits and American Indian tribes, four of which are in the Bemidji Area.

The Bemidji Community Arts Council will get $25,000 to renovate the Miikanan Gallery at the Watermark Art Center downtown; Red Lake Nation will get $200,000 for affordable housing this fiscal year and another $300,000 the next; the White Earth Reservation Housing Authority will get $75,000 to buy and install 20 new furnaces; and White Earth Nation will get $50,000 for the Mahnomen Head Start playground.

The Bemidji-area grants total $660,000.

"Our tribe is guided by the Dakota tradition of sharing our resources for the greater good," said Charles Vig, Shakopee's tribal chairman, in a news release. "We're proud to support meaningful projects like these that will benefit Native American communities here in Minnesota and across the country."