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Challenge grant raises $13,000 in scholarships for BHSU American Indian students

Guests at the BHSU American Indian Scholarship Gala participate in a round dance during the fund-raising event held last fall at the Belle Luce’ Ballroom above Roma’s restaurant in Spearfish. The momentum behind the fund-raising is a challenge grant from the American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) which initially will match funds up to certain limits. The AIEF is a national organization with offices in Rapid City and Albuquerque.

A challenge grant awarded to the Black Hills State University Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS) has now raised a total of $13,000 in scholarship funds for American Indian students attending BHSU.

The central fund-raising activity has been the BHSU American Indian Scholarship Gala which took place last October. The momentum behind the fund-raising is a challenge grant from the American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF) which initially will match funds up to certain limits. The AIEF is a national organization with offices in Rapid City and Albuquerque, N.M.

Nearly 80 people attended the gala which included a native dance exhibition, a buffalo buffet, guest artist talk and door prizes. "We were pleased with this year's turn out," said Dr. John Glover, interim director of the CAIS, "and thankful for our community's generosity. It was a wonderful event held again at the beautiful Belle Luce' Ballroom above Roma's restaurant in Spearfish. Owners Todd and Pam Crowe deserve special thanks."

Major donations for the gala came from the Margaret Werner Trust, Sanford Research of Spearfish, and the BHSU Alumni Association. There is one year remaining in the challenge grant. For more information, contact Glover at 642-6578 or email JohnGlover@BHSU.edu.

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