ONAMIA -- The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has donated $10,000 to the Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis for operational support.
Other donations included:
* $5,000 to the National Congress of American Indians, which works to protect tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.
* $5,000 to the Native American Rights Fund, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and technical assistance to Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.
* $3,000 to the Indian Child Welfare Law Center in Minneapolis.
* $2,000 to the Aadzuhman Shrine Club in Brainerd, which raises funds to help children receive free medical care at the Shriners Hospitals.
* $2,000 to the Minneapolis American Indian Center to help provide needy families in the Twin Cities with warm clothing, food and holiday gifts.
* $2,000 to Onamia High School, which will be used for Indian students' service learning trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
* $1,500 to McGrath, Minnesota Senior Center to assist with utility payments.
* $1,500 to Northern Technology Initiative, a nonprofit regional economic development initiative based in Mora, Minnesota that focuses on technology.
* $1,000 to the St. Cloud American Indian Center to assist with general operating support.
* $500 to the Aitkin County Historical Society, which needs funding to make the Aitkin Republican newspaper available to researchers on microfilm.
* $500 to the Avalon School, a public charter school in St. Paul, which will use the contribution to develop a six-week course on American Indian literature and enhance its library collection.
* $500 to Catholic Charities in St. Paul, which will use the donation to cover the costs of materials for building furniture that is distributed to people in need.
* $500 to the Good Shepherd Community, a Christian nonprofit senior living community that serves older adults through diverse housing and health care services.
* $500 to the Girl Scouts, which will provide operational support to the Girl Scout Council of Greater Minneapolis. This group serves 20,000 girls in an eight-county area by helping them develop skills that build self-confidence, responsibility, integrity, leadership and decision-making abilities.
* $500 to the Pillager, Minnesota Area Family Resource Center, for its Christmas for Kids Campaign, which provided gifts for nearly 200 less fortunate children in the area in 2002.
* $500 to the Professional Association of Treatment Homes, which will put the contribution toward treatment foster care, supervised visitation, and adoption services for children in the St. Cloud region who have severe emotional or behavioral needs.
Each month, the Mille Lacs Band contributes to organizations that serve the community, including educational institutions, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, food shelves and others.
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