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FORT THOMPSON — Hunkpati Investments has received a $15,875 grant from First Nations Development Institute’s Native Youth and Culture Fund.

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The money will support a one-year project, Dakota Culture Integration, which will focus on serving local youth of the Crow Creek tribal community and incorporating Dakota cultural lessons and values into existing Hunkpati Investments programs. The organization’s goal is to blend contemporary concepts such as buy-grow fresh foods locally, saving, entrepreneurship and workforce development with cultural values.

According to Myra Isburg, Hunkpati Investments Board secretary-treasurer, approximately 44 percent of the population on the Crow Creek Reservation is younger than 19.

“That is why we feel cultural programs will have the greatest impact if we focus them on our youth,” Isburg said.

Through the course of the year, Hunkpati Investment staff will develop cultural and educational programming in which elders will make several presentations to around 100 youth to increase and reinforce Dakota cultural values as they relate to existing Hunkpati Investment programs. Topics may include traditional food preparation, traditional trade systems, cultural values pertaining to responsibilities to the community, and values surrounding work ethic.

— Source: Hunkpati Investments

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