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MN American Indian Students Get Some Winter Help


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A month before the official start of winter, hundreds of American Indian students from lower-income families in Minneapolis' Public School system have received free winter coats. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community donated about $25,000 to help buy some of the coats.

Louise Matson, director of the Division of Indian Work, says the idea is to keep these children warm so they can focus on their education.

"We particularly are giving coats to parents and families that qualify for free and reduced (price) lunch," says Matson. "With the need, it's very important in Minnesota. We've been lucky."


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