Photo caption: Daposka Ahnkodapi received $5,000 from Enbridge Gas. CODY HAMMER/Osage News
The Osage Nation’s school Daposka Ahnkodapi is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Enbridge Gas.
Enbridge Gas officials visited the ON Executive Branch on Oct. 8 to present the check to the Nation. Superintendent Patrick Martin and Christy Red Eagle, who is an Osage Casino marketing specialist and has served on the Osage County Tourism Board, were present.
According to Enbridge’s website, the energy company donated $5,000 to “maintain qualified staff and provide materials for cultural learnings. We also supported Osage Nation’s Oil and Gas Summit in 2018 as part of our commitment to improving the quality of life near our operations.”
“We will use the funds to purchase textbooks for math and reading, as well as needed supplies for teachers. It was a very generous donation and we appreciate they're help,” Martin said.
In 2013, Enbridge launched its Flanagan South Pipeline project, which consisted of a nearly 600-mile oil pipeline starting in Illinois and ending at Cushing, Okla., which is southwest of the Nation.
According to the Enbridge website, its investment and sponsorship opportunities are considered for communities near the company operations and pipelines and those donated funds support causes including professional/ amateur cultural organizations, community-based emergency services, education providers and environmental/ safety agencies.