MMCDC awarded HUD funding for Sah-Kah-Tay organization

Sep 21, 2007 Issues: Economy and Jobs

(Detroit Lakes, Minn) – Congressman Collin Peterson announced that Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation is the recipient of a $180,000 federal award through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

MMCDC will use the funds to assist a Native American nonprofit, Sah-Kah-Tay Indigenous Preservation Society, on the White Earth Reservation.

Sah-Kah-Tay will use the funds for acquisition of the Gii Wa Din Learning Center for Traditional Sustainable Living. The Learning Center will serve as the base for a day labor program as well as an affordable housing construction program.

“This funding helps to build better communities by investing in housing and jobs, and will be a real asset to people living on the Reservation,” Peterson said. “I’m pleased to see MMCDC and Dr. Kangas continuing their good work for housing and economic development throughout the region.”

“To encourage job creation and individual asset-building on the Reservation, it is important to invest in innovative nonprofits such as Sah-Kah-Tay,” said Dr. Arlen Kangas, MMCDC president. “We thank the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Congressman Collin Peterson, and others for their support and investment in this market.”

The award was part of a $16.8 million total grant award by HUD for economic and housing development in rural areas nationwide. “These grants will go a long way toward producing more affordable housing in rural communities across our country,” said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. “HUD funding, and the private investment these grants will generate, will offer more than just an affordable home to working families in rural areas. These grants will trigger economic development and breathe new life into rural neighborhoods that are desperate to grow.”

Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation is a private, nonprofit company providing community, business and housing development services in underserved markets of Minnesota. Its mission is to increase quality of life for individuals and communities.


Note: Sah-Kah-Tay is an interesting feature story. They can be reached via Jamie Marks Erickson, MMCDC, 218-847-3191.