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Shakopee Mdewakanton Announces 34 Recipients of $535,000 in Public Safety Grants

Shakopee Mdewakanton Announces 34 Recipients of $535,000 in Public Safety Grants

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) announced today the 34 public safety grant recipients from across Minnesota that will collectively receive approximately $535,000.

“When we learned that nearly 200 agencies had requested $5.4 million, we realized how great the public safety needs are in Minnesota communities,” SMSC Chairman Charlie Vig said. “We wanted to help as many Minnesota communities as we could to be better prepared to respond to emergencies.”

The recipients include tribes and local government agencies with needs ranging from several hundred dollars to about $53,000. They include:

  • Balaton Fire Department – $24,493 to purchase protective equipment
  • Bois Forte Police Department – $25,000 to purchase firefighting equipment
  • Breckenridge Fire Department – $3,104 to purchase turnout gear
  • Callaway Fire Department – $5,300 to replace turnout gear
  • Carsonville Fire Department – $10,000 to purchase search equipment
  • Chanhassen Fire Department – $12,155 to purchase a CPR device
  • Cohasset Fire Department – $10,000 to purchase rescue equipment
  • Grand Lake Fire Department – $4,000 to purchase protective equipment
  • Grand Portage Tribal Police – $25,000 to support search and rescue equipment improvements
  • Henning Fire Department – $5,501 to purchase protective equipment
  • Hopkins Hazmat Team – $4,901 to purchase chemical identification equipment
  • Isanti County Sheriff – $3,568 to purchase water rescue suits
  • Jordan Police Department – $11,251 for an auto pulse CPR device
  • Kanabec Emergency Services – $2,000 to support EMS training
  • Lester Prairie Police Department – $684 to purchase basic medical supplies
  • Lower Sioux Police Department – $25,000 to purchase vehicles and equipment
  • Lower St. Croix Fire Department – $2,615 to purchase air quality monitors
  • Minnesota All Hazards Incident Management Team – $53,100 to support training
  • Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association – $15,000 to support training efforts
  • North County First Responders – $4,800 to purchase EMS training equipment
  • Ogema Fire Department – $50,000 to purchase protective equipment
  • Onamia Fire Department – $50,564 to purchase protective gear
  • Osakis Emergency Services – $12,000 to purchase a CPR device
  • Perham Fire Department – $28,000 to purchase rescue equipment
  • Savage Fire Department – $6,225 to support technology upgrades
  • Shakopee Fire Department – $30,000 for training equipment
  • Stewartville Fire Department – $2,560 to purchase a heart rate monitor
  • Tower Fire Department – $5,700 to purchase firefighter turnout gear
  • Tri-City SWAT – $40,800 to support purchase of tactical headsets and ballistic helmets
  • Twin Lakes Fire Department – $10,420 to purchase protective equipment
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth Police Department – $8,472 to purchase patrol car equipment
  • Waubun Fire Department – $16,480 to purchase rescue equipment
  • Wells Police Department – $980 to purchase basic medical supplies
  • White Earth Police Department – $25,000 to purchase radios and pagers

Recipients are required to provide a 20 percent grant match.

The SMSC announced this public safety grant initiative in January. In 2014, the SMSC donated $28 million to governments, organizations and causes nationwide. 

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. Together the SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. Out of a Dakota tradition to help others, the SMSC has donated more than $325 million to organizations and causes and has contributed millions more to regional governments and infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, and emergency services. The SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.