SMSC Supports Running Wolf Fitness Center with $50,000 Grant

Indian Health Board, Native American Community Clinic Project


Prior Lake, MN – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has made a $50,000 grant to support the Running Wolf Fitness Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Running Wolf is a partnership between the Indian Health Board (IHB) and the Native American Community Clinic (NACC) to provide their patients access to free exercise programming and equipment.

The SMSC grant will fund renovations to a new 2,280 square foot space in the Phillips Community Center to house the Running Wolf Fitness Center. Renovations will include a shower and dressing room compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a floating laminate floor for the dance and group movement studio, rubberized floor covering for the exercise equipment space, and installation of a new wall.

For 10 years, Running Wolf Fitness Center has specialized in working with people on a one to one basis, figuring out realistic goals and developing a pace of training that result in stronger bodies and healthier attitudes. Memberships and classes are open to the general public. Running Wolf offers weights, equipment, and exercise bicycles, as well as yoga, tae kwon do, dance, and kickboxing classes.

“Running Wolf Fitness Center provides a valuable service to help combat the epidemic of diabetes and other ills currently affecting Indian people,” said SMSC Chairman Stanley R. Crooks. “So we thought it was a good program to support.”

“Our goal is to have regular exercise as the norm for the Indian community, and this grant helps to make this possible,” said Dr. Lydia Caros of the Native American Community Clinic. “It’s exciting to see the growth in the numbers of people who exercise regularly and involve their family members. We look forward to continued growth over the years.”

In 2009 the SMSC also funded this project with a grant for $50,000.

The Indian Health Board of Minneapolis was incorporated in 1971 to provide for the health needs of the American Indian community living in Minneapolis. IHB provides medical and dental care and counseling services to more than 7,000 patients each year in its offices in the heart of Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood.

The Native American Community Clinic provides a diverse range of culturally-specific

primary care services for all ages to the community. Their seven service providers include two Family Practice physicians, one Pediatrician, two Family Nurse Practitioners, and two Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Each year they provide care for 13,000 patient visits.


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