Spirit of Sovereignty slot tournament raises $24,000 for Native children and youth
Photo left to right: IGT Chief Operating Officer Nick Khin; IGT Vice President of Global Business Development Knute Knudson; IGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr.; Legendary KISS band member Gene Simmons; Spirit of Sovereignty Liaison David Garelick; and Global Gaming Chief Executive Officer Renato Ascoli. (Photo courtesy of IGT)
Spirit of Sovereignty Slot Tournament
“The turnout was incredible! Each year exceeds our expectations and we look forward to building on the momentum at the next show,” said Spirit of Sovereignty Liaison David Garelick. “We so appreciate the generosity of our players and sponsors. We are grateful to all who participated – newcomers and multi-year supporters like Paul Gordon alike – but we need to give special thanks to Chairman Stevens and our friends at IGT, who have been so generously supportive of the Spirit of Sovereignty. We also want to thank the good folks at Clarion Events for their marketing and logistics assistance.”
Photo: Legendary KISS band member Gene Simmons (left) played in the Spirit of Sovereignty Slot Tournament on behalf of Indian Gaming Association (IGA) Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. (Photo courtesy of IGT)
Native Childrens Holiday Program brought joy to more than 1,700 children in December
Jan. 15, 2019
Meeting the basic needs of our families, communities, and tribes is of paramount importance in Indian Country. We also want our kids to experience opportunities for growth, happiness and joy just like other children. The Native Children’s Holiday Program, administered by ILTF through the Spirit of Sovereignty, offers supporters a unique opportunity to help make the holidays special for Indian children who live in some of our most challenged communities. Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate contributors, more than 1,700 thankful children received gifts in December.
If you would like to support this important program please make a contribution today at spiritofsov.org/donate
Spirit of Sovereignty brings Christmas joy to children at Cheyenne River
January 18, 2018
Thanks to the support of generous donors to the Spirit of Sovereignty Native Children’s Holiday Program, more than 1,500 children and teens on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota received toys and gifts this Christmas. The Spirit of Sovereignty partners with programs working on reservations in the Dakotas, including the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive, to bring holiday cheer to Indian children and families.
Spirit of Sovereignty supports summer camp fun for Soboba families
Oct. 6, 2017
Funds raised at the Spirit of Sovereignty Tribal Leaders Charity Slot Tournament in April were put to good use in Southern California this summer at the third annual Native Youth Gathering summer camp. More than 80 kids attended, including 18 from the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Summer Youth Academy, which was supported by tournament proceeds. The event was open to students ages 12 to 19, and was coordinated by the Tribal Education Alliance. The kids participated in a variety of fun activities while learning about their culture. The Tribal Leaders Charity Slot Tournament Raised $13,000 in 2017.
Scholarship winner named Haskell University Student of the Year
March 8, 2017
Senior Samantha Milk, a Spirit of Sovereignty scholarship winner in 2016, has been selected as the 2017 Haskell Indian Nations University Student of the Year. Milk, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D. is majoring in Environmental Science. In addition to her excellent academic resume, Milk has participated in numerous clubs and activities on the Haskell campus, including Pte Oyate Club, and coordination of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Kansas Water Science Center event at Haskell. Samantha was a keynote speaker for “Lawrence Stands with Standing Rock,” and has won many honors, awards and scholarships. Samantha will speak May 19 at Haskell’s commencement ceremony.
Read more about Samantha on our Success Stories page.