The Society for the Advancement of Native Interests-Today, commonly called SANI-T, has received a $500,000 grant from the Northwest Area Foundation in St. Paul, Minn.
The one-year grant will be used to support SANI-T initiatives aimed at reducing poverty among urban Native American populations. A portion will also be used to expand SANI-T’s ability to serve the community.
The grant will allow SANI-T to focus on a youth program and work-force program based on the medicine wheel concept of “returning to the center” (Cokata gli Najin) for healing. Divided into quadrants, the medicine wheel focuses on four areas of the individual — physical, mental, spiritual and social — each one reinforcing the other.