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Funding Initiative Announced to Support Native American Nutrition

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and American Heart Association (AHA) recently announced a $1.6 million funding initiative to support Native American nutrition and health advocacy. 

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The Policy Innovation Fund is a continuation of the SMSC and AHA’s partnership to promote Native-led dietary health advocacy, which first began in 2015.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Native American tribe located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

“Native Americans are experiencing extreme health disparities, making them twice as likely as the rest of the U.S. population to have nutrition-related health problems,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “We are proud to deepen our partnership with the SMSC to address this health crisis.”

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