WELCH, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded a $100,000 grant to the Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) to help create a culturally-relevant recreation space and establish one of the first community gathering areas in a neighborhood a few miles from the main reservation. The PIIC is working closely with language and culture experts to incorporate Dakota words and picture signage into the space’s design and theme, which will be built in the Upper Island at Dakota Circle.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
The playground and gathering area will be conveniently located near the homes of the kids and young people who reside in the community. Many families in the Upper Island area live about five miles from the heart of the reservation, making it difficult to regularly visit its main community center, fitness center and playground.
“We are thankful to the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund for this important grant,” said Shelley Buck, president of the Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council. “These funds will enable us to establish a safe recreational destination for the young people of the Upper Island community. We are committed to providing resources to our children that help them lead more active lives. The Dakota-themed playground is a crucial investment in helping to share healthier futures for our kids.”
The play space will be built with high-quality equipment and a pour-in-place, sustainable rubber surfacing that lasts longer than alternative materials. The playground and recreation equipment will be built and installed in the spring of next year.
Tribal council leadership, community members and children of the Prairie Island Indian Community gathered with Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund members at a special dedication event today that included song and football games and activities for local young people.
“The purpose of the 52 Weeks of Giving campaign is to provide more kids in Minnesota with access to resources that improve their health and wellness,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships, MNSBHC. “We are so excited to join the families of the Upper Island community in a celebration of this new gathering space and playground that will encourage kids to be play and be active, and will impact many future generations of the Prairie Island Indian Community.”
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About The Prairie Island Indian Community
The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) is a sovereign nation located on the Prairie Island Indian Reservation in Minnesota. The Mdewakanton, “those who were born of the waters,” have lived on Prairie Island for countless generations. Located in Southeastern Minnesota along the wooded shores of the Mississippi and Vermilion Rivers, Prairie Island is a spiritual place for our people.
Prairie Island owns and operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino. We call gaming the new buffalo because it has helped us restore our self-sufficiency. It is responsible for improving life on the reservation, strengthening our Tribal Government, and helping to preserve our culture. Indian Gaming is what gives our Tribal Government the tools we need to operate our community and provide for our people. But it also has given us a new and welcomed responsibility as an employer to thousands of Minnesotans. We are proud to be Goodhue County’s largest employer and an important contributor to Minnesota’s economy.
About the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund is a 501(c)3, community advised fund of the Minnesota Community Foundation. Working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and based on the recommendations of SHIP’s community health boards, the Legacy Fund is providing 52 grants to 52 community projects across our state over the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII. The work of the Legacy Fund is made possible by Minnesota’s philanthropic community, including foundations, corporations, and individual donors who share our passion for improving the health and wellness of kids from every corner of our state. Its goal is to build awareness of, and invest in solutions for, a healthier generation of Minnesota kids across the state. Through its grant making and awareness initiatives, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee’s Legacy Fund will leverage this single event into a lifetime of good health for the next generation of Minnesotans. For more information on the MNSBHC’s Legacy Fund, including an introductory video, please visit www.mnsuperbowl.com/legacy.
About The NFL Foundation
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.