Royal Valley School District representatives receive a contribution from the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. (Courtesy: Prairie Band Potawatomi)
MAYETTA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation gave back to the community Friday.
The tribe distributed more than $81,000 at its quarterly charitable contributions ceremony. In all, 28 organizations and charities received funding.
The Royal Valley School District received the largest donation. It was $12,500 and will be used for special education and kindergarten programs.
Among other groups, the Topeka Symphony was awarded $5,000 and Kansas Specialty Dog Service, dedicated to training and placing assistance dogs with people with disabilities, received $3,000.
Complete list of grant recipients:
East Topeka Council on Aging Inc 2,000
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 1,000
35th Infantry Division Assoc 2,000
Topeka Youth Project, Inc 2,000
Topeka Lulac 2,000
Topeka Habitat for Humanity 4,000
The Topeka Symphony 5,000
Tonantzin Society 2,000
Topeka Tennis Assoc 1,000
Holton Community Hospital 1,295
Sheltered Living Inc 2,500
Washburn University Foundation 5,000
United Way of Greater Topeka 5,000
Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen 1,000
TARC, Inc 5,000
Housing & Credit Counseling Inc 5,000
Pottawatomie Recycling Committee 1,875
Doorstep, Inc 5,000
KSDS, Inc 3,000
Topeka Public School (Indian Ed. Program) 1,500
Family Promise of Lawrence 2,500
Medicine Voice Healing Center 1,000
Royal Valley USD #337 12,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters 2,000
News release from Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation:
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN) will present checks totaling $81,023 at a Charitable Contributions ceremony Thursday at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort.
Members from the PBPN Charitable Contributions Committee and Tribal Council will be on hand to deliver the checks to various organizations and the public is invited to attend.
Royal Valley School District USD #337 will receive the largest award of $12,500 to help with various education programs and several Topeka organizations including the Topeka Symphony, Washburn University Foundation, United Way of Greater Topeka, TARC, Inc., Housing & Credit Counseling, Inc, and Doorstep, Inc. will receive $5,000 each.
The Charitable Contributions Committee is comprised of six tribal members, who along with the Tribal Council selected 28 various organizations to receive the quarterly distributions. Areas that are focused on when determining the distribution of funds include groups involved in education, health and community services, environmental protection and preservation, and religious organizations that have an impact on the spiritual wellness and quality of life for all.
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a tribe that originated in the Great Lakes region thousands of years ago. The Prairie Band Potawatomi people were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands to Kansas around 1846. Today, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a federally recognized sovereign nation with almost 5,000 tribal members.