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MOA receives $10,000 grant

PIERRE — The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) received forty three applications for its second round of 2017 Community Innovation Grants. Fourteen nonprofits were selected to receive awards. Mniluzahan Okolakicipayi Ambassadors (MOA) “Rapid City Circle of Friends” was one of those award recipients. Community Innovation Grants provide funding aimed at uncovering breakthroughs in community needs across the state.

MOA has partnered with the Mayor of Rapid City and with Rapid City Community Conversations to unfold the History of the Sioux San Lands and expand research and create learning opportunities for the community. The $10,000 grant will support MOA as they take the next steps by engaging in further research to expand the knowledge base and to present a series of community forums open to everyone to share the history.

“We believe by bringing the history and the acts forward, it will provide common knowledge for us to create a well-informed dialogue for difficult conversations, offering a path toward healing truth, and bringing out the best in our community”, said Karen Mortimer, Executive Director, Mniluzahan Okolakicipayi Ambassadors. “This grant from the SDCF will support additional public forums and learning opportunities as well as expanding the research base.”

During 2017, nonprofits across the state will receive a total of $400,000 through the Community Innovation Grant program, which is a partnership between the SDCF and the St. Paul, MN-based Bush Foundation.

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