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Funds raised for White Earth projects

Donations totaling $18,800 for various causes including assisting tribal members of the armed forces, holding Christmas parties for seniors, and purchasing Christmas gifts for children in foster care were provided by the Mi-gi-mi-gi-way-win Advis...

Donations totaling $18,800 for various causes including assisting tribal members of the armed forces, holding Christmas parties for seniors, and purchasing Christmas gifts for children in foster care were provided by the Mi-gi-mi-gi-way-win Advisory Board of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians in November.

A check was presented for the Third Annual White Earth Reservation Elders' Christmas Party held at Naytahwaush Sports Complex on Dec. 2. More than 200 elders attended; each of their households received a free turkey. White Earth tribal members living in Cass Lake, Minneapolis and on the Iron Range who could not attend received gift certificates. Funds were also donated for the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council annual Christmas party.

The Indian Child Welfare office in Naytahwaush received funds to provide Christmas gifts to approximately 98 American Indian children receiving foster care living on or near the White Earth Reservation.

Funds were also donated for the Early Bird Walkers youth exercise program launched voluntarily by Ardette Bisson of Ogema Elementary School. Students are guided to get into the habit of exercising by walking miles on a daily or regular basis on mornings before school as well as engaging in other activities such as dribbling and shooting basketballs and playing tag.

The Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund received financial assistance for its programs to develop strengths and opportunities for women. The Women's Fund recently honored White Earth Tribe member Laurie York with the Community Builder award for pioneering successful programs for White Earth youth and women.

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The Veteran's Service Office in Detroit Lakes was given funds to buy American flags to place on the memorials of veterans, including American Indians, in more than 100 cemeteries in Becker County for Memorial Day weekend in May 2006.

Money was also donated to the Minnesota National Guard to send funds to tribal members of the armed forces facing financial difficulties to make it easier for them to return home and be with their families during the holidays.

Organizations seeking assistance may submit requests in writing to: White Earth Joint Donation Committee, P.O. Box 418, Mahnomen, MN 56557.

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