Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations gifts grants for diversity work

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho – The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations is giving tens of thousands of dollars to local organizations fighting for human rights and diversity. 

The organization announced Wednesday it is giving $34,000 in grants to six organizations, including the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Department of Education. 

These organizations will use the money to further education and policies to promote human rights, diversity and social justice; issues these groups say are at risk with different laws censoring history in schools across the country. 

“Trying not to discuss the atrocities such as slavery, what happened to Native Americans and others. For young people to not know that history, and to not know history is to repeat history, it’s deeply troubling to us this is happening,” said KCTFHR Secretary Tony Stewart. 

About $25,000 of the grant money came from an Idaho philanthropist. The rest comes from KCTFHR’s funds. 

Moving forward, the organization plans to make this an annual grant.

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