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Prior Lake, MN - Native people put a great value on the role of veterans in society because of the traditional role of warriors as protectors of the people. Today that tradition continues through service in the Armed Forces. In the past century Native people have served their country in very high numbers when compared with other ethnic groups in the United States. Because of the high regard for veterans, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announces $17,000 in donations to nine organizations which serve veterans. "We thank all veterans for their service to the United States of America," said Chairman Stanley Crooks.
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Veterans Services Office/Disabled American Veterans in Fort Thompson, South Dakota, will receive $5,000 to help purchase a van to transport disabled veterans to VA hospitals and clinics.
The Eagle Nest District Veteran's Day Celebration received $1,500 for their annual Veteran's Pow Wow held at Crazy Horse School, in Wanblee, South Dakota, on November 11, 2005. The Pow Wow honors veterans who have served their country in the military.
Sew Much Comfort of Prior Lake, Minnesota, will receive $2,500 to make clothing to fit injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Without the specially designed clothing, the soldiers would have to wear hospital gowns. These garments allow the soldiers to have a more normal, comfortable recovery. The funds will be used to purchase fabric, Velcro®, elastic, bias tape, and ready-made clothing for adaptation. Local seamstresses are donating their time and effort for this project. The SMSC also supported a holiday gathering for children at St. Paul's Children's Hospital sponsored by the Minnesota Army National Guard HHC/MMC Division Support Command, 34th Infantry Division, based out of Bloomington, Minnesota. The $2,500 donation paid for gifts for hospitalized children.
Four hundred eighteen veterans who live at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are helped by a $1,000 donation from the SMSC for the general recreation fund. "Thank you for your support of the veterans who live at the Minnesota Veterans Home. Your valued donation benefits our residents, and your generous contribution will be used towards the little extras for the residents. We appreciate the efforts of your organization on behalf of our residents. Your support increases the quality of life for our veterans here at their Home," said Alan C. Saatkamp, Minnesota Veterans Home Administrator. The Veterans Administration Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a donation of $1,000 for voluntary support services. The funds will be used for incidental expenses for patients, such as transportation.
The SMSC also supported Veterans Pow Wows held by the American Legion McBride Post 257 and VFW Blacksmith Post 1353, Wagner, South Dakota, ($1,500); the Apsaalooke Veterans Day Celebration, Crow Reservation, Montanta, $1,500; and the American Legion Auxiliary, Cherry Creek, South Dakota, $500.