Minnesota Wild to Wear Custom Jerseys on November 25 in Celebration of Native American Heritage Day

Prairie Island Indian Community and Minnesota Wild Foundation partnership aims to support Minnesota Communities

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – November 21, 2022 – The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced its partnership with the Prairie Island Indian Community to celebrate Native American Heritage Day on Friday, Nov. 25, when the team hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs at 1 p.m. CT.

Native American Heritage Day, signed into law in 2008, takes place the day after Thanksgiving and honors Native Americans across the nation. The day celebrates the vibrant cultures, traditions, and heritages while recognizing the many contributions Native Americans have made.

“Our tribe is proud to be active and engaged in Minnesota, and giving back is at the core of who we are as Dakota people,” says Johnny Johnson, Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council President. “Our partnership with the Wild gives us a platform to share our story and celebrate our culture with the community, which we are honored to do on this national holiday.”

For a second consecutive year, Wild players will wear custom Native American Heritage hockey jerseys during the pre-game warm up to commemorate Native American Heritage Day. Designed by members of the Treasure Island Resort & Casino and Wild creative teams, the jerseys pay tribute to the Minnesota Native American community with a specially designed Dakota emblem and writing. Also on game day, a Dakota-themed Wild stocking cap will be handed out to the first 2,500 arriving fans, and Wild merchandise resembling the custom designed jersey will be available for purchase in the Hockey Lodge while supplies last.

The custom jerseys will be up for bid November 25 – December 5 on the Minnesota Wild Foundation Handbid Auction platform. Proceeds generated from the auction will support the Minnesota Wild Foundation and community programming that supports the health and well-being of indigenous youth in Minnesota. The Wild organization launched the Minnesota Wild Foundation in 2009 in order to dedicate its unique resources to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey.

“The Minnesota Wild Foundation is excited to continue our long-standing relationship with the Prairie Island Indian Community,” said Rachel Schuldt, Executive Director of the Minnesota Wild Foundation. “Their partnership helps the Wild Foundation provide support to numerous important community initiatives like Dream of Wild Health. We look forward to another exciting celebration on November 25.”

In 2021, the Prairie Island Indian Community and Treasure Island Resort & Casino launched The Big Assist Program. For every assist made by Wild players during regular season games, Treasure Island Resort & Casino will donate $200 to the Wild Foundation to support diversity in hockey programming. The program supports removing any barriers associated with playing hockey by providing scholarships, equipment and access to opportunities to play to youth from diverse backgrounds and fund opportunities for youth hockey associations to apply for resources to support diversity, equity and inclusion in their community programs. During the program’s first season in 2021-22, the team tallied 537 assists, translating into a donation of $109,900 to the Wild Foundation. As of November 21, Minnesota has registered 80 assists in 18 games this season, raising $16,200 for the Wild Foundation.

A proud partner of the Minnesota Wild for over two decades, Treasure Island Resort & Casino and the Prairie Island Indian Community have supported the Minnesota Wild Foundation through community giving since its inception in 2009. Through initiatives like The Big Assist Program, the Prairie Island Indian Community has donated over $1.1 million to the Minnesota Wild Foundation.    

Images of the jersey can be found here.

About the Minnesota Wild Foundation

The 2022-23 season marks the 13th season of giving for the Minnesota Wild Foundation. The Minnesota Wild Foundation exists to support the game of hockey and improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey. With support from Wild players, fans and donors, the Minnesota Wild Foundation supports pediatric medical causes, serves as the largest non-member funding source for Minnesota Hockey, and provides fundraising opportunities for youth hockey associations across the state. Since its inception in 2009, the Wild Foundation has distributed more than $4.9 million in grants to hockey organizations and children’s medical related charities and has dispersed over $2.8 million to local charities through its Split the Pot Raffle program. Together we create a Greater State of Hockey. For more information and to make a donation visit www.wild.com/foundation or contact us at mnwildfoundation@wild.com or 651-602-6000. Follow the Minnesota Wild Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Treasure Island Resort & Casino

The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Mount Frontenac Golf Course and Dakota Station. Treasure Island Resort & Casino is the only casino in southern Minnesota located on the Mississippi River. The property features more than 1,800 slot, video poker and video keno machines, 44 table games, a poker room and a 500-seat high stakes bingo hall. Treasure Island’s 788-room hotel is the second largest hotel in Minnesota. Additional amenities include The Lagoon indoor water park, Wave Spa, Island Xtreme Bowl, Cyber Quest arcade, Kids Quest child care, various restaurants including fine dining at Tado Steakhouse, a 16,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, a 2,800-seat indoor event and convention center, a 137-slip marina, a 95-site RV park and a 100-passenger yacht. Treasure Island is a proud supporter of local businesses and has continually made a positive impact on the community. Since 1994, Treasure Island Resort & Casino and the Prairie Island Indian Community together have contributed $25 million to hundreds of non-profit and civic organizations throughout the region. Along with being a consistent contributor to the local economy, Treasure Island is the largest employer in Goodhue County.

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