Donations

Funding for tribal government is made possible through the community’s gaming efforts. Tribal government gaming has allowed Prairie Island to reinvigorate the traditional Indian custom of sharing, contributing millions of dollars and support to surrounding communities and organizations year after year.

Since 1994, the Prairie Island Indian Community has donated more than $15 million to many Indian and non-Indian causes. Below is a sampling of recent donations Prairie Island has made to worthy organizations:


    Donations to Local Governments (Including Tribal Governments)

  • Oct. 2007 – Minnesota State University Mankato Anthropology Department – $100,000
  • Sept. 2007 – Cities of Winona, Goodview, Stockton, Rushford, St. Charles and Minnesota City – flood relief – $60,000 (Prairie Island), $60,000 (Treasure Island)
  • July 2007 – Science Museum of Minnesota – ethnobotany project – $10,000
  • 2004-2008 ($25,000/year) – City of Kenyon – health clinic in conjunction with new assisted living facility – $125,000
  • Oct./Nov. 2005 – Burnside School Programs (Red Wing) – $4,500
  • Sept. 2005 – Ellsworth Area First Aid – $7,050
  • Sept. 2005 – Lake City Fire Department – $9,200
  • Annually – Red Wing High School – Youth Outreach Program – $5,000
  • March 2005 – Red Lake Memorial Fund – $25,000
  • March 2005 – National Congress of American Indians – Tribal Embassy Campaign – $50,000
  • Oct. 2000 – Prairie Island Ice Arena – $1.5 million
  • 1999 – City of Miesville Fire Department (for water tanker truck) – $100,000

    Donations to Charities and Non-Profits

  • Sept. 2007 – Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity – $5,000
  • 2007 – Spare Key – to help families with critically ill children – $5,000
  • Feb. 2007 – Wishes and More – $30,000
  • Dec. 2006 – Diversity Foundation – to provide toys for children on less fortunate reservations – $10,000
  • Aug. 2006 – National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn. – $500,000
  • June 2006 – Red Wing Family YMCA – $25,000
  • June 2006 – Native American Olympics – Team South Dakota – $5,400
  • June 2006 – Habitat for Humanity – Dakota Teepees – $5,000
  • June 2006 – Diversity Foundation of Winona, Minn. – $25,000
  • Jan. 2006 – MN Timberwolves – Native American Heritage Night – $5,000
  • Dec. 2005 – Wishes and More – $11,237
  • Dec. 2005 – Minneapolis American Indian Center – $5,000
  • Nov./Dec. 2005 – Rosebud Soup Kitchen – $4,000
  • Nov. 2005 – Minneapolis Division of Indian Works – $10,000
  • Sept. 2005 – Hurricane Katrina relief efforts – $10,775
  • Sept. 2005 – Red Wing Diversity Festival – $3,100
  • May 2005 – United Lutheran Church – $5,000
  • May 2005 – American Diabetes Association – $25,000
  • May 2005 – Hastings Area Family YMCA – $25,000
  • May 2005 – University of Minnesota Women’s Basketball program – $25,000
  • March 2005 – Hi-Park Care Center in Red Wing, Minn. – $25,000
  • Annually – Project Turnabout, a program to help compulsive gamblers – $18,000
  • To Date – Toys for Tots – more than $75,000
  • To Date – Salvation Army – more than $85,000
  • To Date – Women’s Shelters in surrounding communities – more than $75,000
  • To Date – March of Dimes – more than $150,000
  • To Date – United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce counties – more than $100,000
  • To Date – Make-A-Wish Foundation – More than $64,000


In addition, the Prairie Island Indian Community has made donations to the Minnesota Special Olympics, the Sheldon Theater in Red Wing, the Church of St. Joseph and St. Joseph School, Hastings Family Services, the Police Officer’s Alliance of Minnesota, the Red Wing Kiwanis Club, the Red Wing Rotary Club, Minnesota State University-Mankato, the Indian Fellowship of Minneapolis and the Winger Sports Club.

Requesting Donations

  • We ask that you put your request in writing and be as specific as possible about the funds you are requesting. It is best if you can limit your information to a single page if possible.
  • All requests need to be in writing on your organization’s letterhead, addressed to the PIIC Tribal Council.
  • Requests should include a detailed description of how the donation will be used, such as: the date of the event/benefit.
  • Include the total amount being requested.
  • Organizations located on reservations should include a letter of support from their local tribal council.
  • If not a tribal government or a 501 (c) (3), a reliable fiscal agent is required, along with contact information, address, and telephone number.
  • If further information is required you will be contacted.
  • The review process can take up to a month or more on larger requests.
  • You will be contacted through the US Postal Service with Tribal Council’s decision.



Submit Donation Request Forms by MAIL to:

Donations

Prairie Island Indian Community

5636 Sturgeon Lake Road

Welch, MN 55089

Contact:

Sarah Bartell

Donations Coordinator

651-385-4124

sbartell@piic.org