Dakota Indian Foundation was founded in 1971 by the late John Frank Lindley, former State Representative and Lieutenant Governor of the State of South Dakota. He conceived the Foundation from his concern for the plight of South Dakota’s tribes.
The Foundation is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors comprised of business and education professionals. The Board is comprised of a majority of enrolled tribal members and meets on a monthly basis to review grant proposals and scholarship applications.
Grants to Organizations
Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation is able to support activities directly related to the social enhancement and cultural preservation of Dakota people. Awards are based on the availability of funds which are raised through direct mail appeals, voluntary contributions, testamentary bequests, and interest on investments.
The Foundation does not fund political office campaigns, lobbying or political action campaigns or existing government programs or services. Nor will it fund religious organization general funds, fundraisers or benefits.
At the heart of Dakota Indian Foundation is a belief that education is essential to making life better for future generations. Each semester, approximately 100 students receive a scholarship to support their collegiate studies. Students must be enrolled in a South Dakota tribe, have attended a college or university on a full-time basis, and carry a minimum grade point average.
Dakota Indian Foundation is an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Foundation provides funding for social enhancement and cultural preservation of Dakota culture, customs and language.