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War Eagle award winners for human rights activism announced

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Katie Colling won one of the three War Eagle awards handed out in Sioux City Monday. Katie Colling won one of the three War Eagle awards handed out in Sioux City Monday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Two Siouxlanders and one organization were honored Monday for outstanding work for human rights in Sioux City. Folks nominate those they think are worthy of the honor, and then the 11 member board for the Human Rights Commission votes for the winners.

It's the eighth year the commission has given out the War Eagle awards. Katie Colling was the winner for her work with Women Aware, a group that helps women get out of poverty. Colling says she never thought she'd win, but the award means a lot to her, following in the footsteps of past winners she's known and admired.

"It imbues my life with purpose. I am deeply privileged to be working at Women Aware because it allows me to interact with the community in a way that I think makes a big difference," said Colling.

Gordon Lebowich has been volunteering around Siouxland for 45 years. He was honored for his work at the soup kitchen over the years, where he's now the president of the board. Lebowich says it all started with a desire to make sure that nobody would go hungry, and his involvement has grown from there. He says he's glad to get the chance to volunteer, and he could not have done it without help from other family and friends.

"I still think that my sister and everybody else who comes down and volunteers. Their actions and the donations that we get, that means a lot to me," said Lebowich.

Siouxland Aging Services was the final winner for its work in helping the elderly live with dignity.

Board officials say the Native American leader War Eagle was a leader and peace maker in the city.

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