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Notah Begay III Foundation & Shakopee Tribe Team Up to Promote Healthy Beverage Consumption in Native Communities

PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC)announced today a $250,000 grant to the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation to expand its Water First! healthy beverage initiative. Awarded through the SMSC’s Seeds of Native Health campaign, the new funding will expand the initiative, which focuses on reducing Native American children’s consumption of sugary beverages and increasing their access to and intake of safe drinking water. The SMSC’s contribution augments funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other contributors.

“The Notah Begay III Foundation is a champion for Native youth and is doing impressive work to improve the health of our next generation through its Water First! cohort and other national campaigns,” said SMSC Chairman Charles R. Vig. “Our tribe’s Seeds of Native Health campaign is proud to join the NB3 Foundation in helping solve Indian Country’s dietary health crisis by addressing the overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.”


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