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South High Foundation Receives $6,000 Grant from
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for All Nations program

Minneapolis, MN – The South High Foundation is pleased to announce the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community bestowed a $6,000 gift to the alumni organization of South High School, today. These funds will be dedicated to an experiential learning trip, to be taken by students in the school’s All Nations program, in 2018.

Principal Ray Aponte expressed gratitude to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, “The learning that takes place on a trip like this is truly transformational and unmatched in reaching learners at a level that deepens understanding––as no other experience can. This is a gift of meaningful support of our Native American students. We are humbly grateful.”

The trip to Camp Widjiwagan will be devoted to lessons in culture, history and leadership, and will examine the wonder of nature, through outdoor exploration.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community donation helps to fulfill transportation, meal, lodging and camp expenses.

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis, MN. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. The SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. 

Out of a Dakota tradition to help others, the SMSC has donated nearly $300 million to organizations and causes since opening the Gaming Enterprise in the 1990s and has contributed millions more to regional governments and infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, and emergency services.

Other news:

We know of four reunions scheduled for later this year. Find out more by clicking here.

We've added a list of 2017 donations to the Foundation. You can see that list by going to the Donations page by clicking here.

The Foundation acknowledges the life and contributions of Rod Hemstreet. The following comes from his obituary in the Minneapolis StarTribune.

Lyman 'Rod' Hemstreet

Hemstreet, Lyman "Rod" Age 91, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully at the Minnesota Masonic Home on October 5th. Survived by his wife of 62 years Marjorie "Midge"; children Tom, Mark (Stacey Crane), and Paul (Jeudi Brealey); grandchildren Amy, Tom Jr., Kathryn, Jack, Joaquin and Gustavo. Rod was born in Minneapolis and was a proud graduate of South High School class of 1944. A WWII veteran, he served in the US Navy Air Corps from 1944-46. He returned home and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1950 with a B.A. in Political Science. His career spanned retail, stockbroker and property management. A devoted father and family man, his passions included skiing, camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities with his family, volunteering for Mayflower Church where he was a member, and supporting his son's activities such as hockey, Boy Scouts, and music/theater programs. In his retirement Rod became very active in the South High Foundation and served as Treasurer and investment adviser; in honor of his many years of service to the foundation, a scholarship was established in his name.

Click on the following link to see Rodney Lossow - South High alum, football coach and ... Foundation Board Member - featured in the Mpls Startribune on Sunday 27 Aug 2017:

Or click on the following link see a news item featuring two South High students.

For a comprehensive update of what the Foundation is up to, click here for the latest newsletter.

The Annual Report for 2016 is available here.

Check out this video on one of the efforts at South supported by your donation to the Foundation and its Grants program.

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A calendar of upcoming activities:


Click on the controls at the lower left to view a welcome by Judy Erickson Ayers, the current Foundation President!

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Click on the controls at the lower left to view a holiday welcome by the school Principal!

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The South High Foundation has served the staff and students at South High since its incorporation in 1983. We welcome alumni, friends and parents to join us as we look forward to serving the South High Community far into the future.

Here's how it works: We raise money to support current students through a variety of grants to supplement the normal budget received from Minneapolis Public Schools. In addition, the Foundation supports recent graduates through its administration of many scholarships for post-secondary education. And by virtue of performing these activities, the Foundation is able to offer certain benefits to alumni as a by-product.

Briefly, the Foundation depends on two kinds of resources - people and money. Many people provide financial support to the Foundation. Several dozen provide the people-power that makes it all work. And the Foundation needs both the people and the money.

The chances to register and donate are open to anyone who wishes to support South High programs and students. Registration is free and entitles you to receive periodic newsletters. Making a donation is a step higher in terms of commitment - it means offering funds to support the cause, and entitles you to receive the Foundation's annual report. An different variety of commitment is demonstrated by the volunteers stepping up to the Opportunities.

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If you prefer, you can contact the Foundation office with any questions you might have related to the Foundation's operations. The office is staffed part-time. Contact the foundation by phone (612-668-4344) or email at


Interested in making a donation to support the work of the Foundation on behalf of South High? Click on the "DonateNow" button to the right and visit the GiveMN site to make a donation today!
To contact the Foundation by email click here to send a note.

The Mission of the Friends of South High Foundation: provide financial assistance and support for programs at South High School that directly enhance the students’ overall high school experience by enriching their academic, cultural and extracurricular experience; and to support and enhance their ability to further their education.