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RED SPRINGS — The Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center recently received a $20,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo.

The nonprofit, which is based in Hoke County, will use the grant to fund its Sacred Traditions Project, which seeks to preserve American Indian customs and foster a bond between tribal elders and youths.

A facility dedicated to teaching traditional lifestyles of Eastern Woodland American Indians will be built as part of the project.

This marks the second consecutive year that Hawkeye has received the grant. According to a statement from the organization, 250 nonprofits applied and Hawkeye was one of 20 picked for the award and the only recipient based in North Carolina.

Founded in 1980, the First Nations Developmental Institute has awarded more than $20 million in grants to American Indian programs and projects across 37 states.

Hawkeye was established in 1997 to provide assistance and resources to American Indian families living in Hoke and surrounding counties.

For information, visit hawkeyeindianculturalcenter.com, or call 910-843-9484.

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