Tiwahe Introduces New Board Members

Tiwahe Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Board Members: Valerie Larsen, John Fetzer and Wakinyan LaPointe. These individuals possess diverse backgrounds and skills that will enhance our mission, vision and future work of the Foundation. We are honored to have their expertise and leadership.

Valerie Larsen is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Valerie is a founding member of the Tiwahe Foundation and is returning to help in perserving our humble beginnings. She gives back to the community by serving on the Native American Community Clinic Board and volunteering at the Women’s Correctional Facility at Shakopee, MN. Valerie holds a B.A. in Public Policy with an emphasis on Indian Child Welfare. She currently works as a Community Resource Specialist at MIGIZI Communications.

John Fetzer is an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation. A graduate of North Dakota State University, John has worked as a legislative aide and on the Bush Foundation’s Native Nations team. He currently works as a program officer at the Northwest Area Foundation. Born and raised in Bemidji, MN, John loves the outdoors, good food and traveling.

Wakinyan LaPointe is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. He has worked as a community youth worker in indigenized experiential learning and as an advocate of Indigenous Peoples’ human rights at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He is a senior undergraduate student of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Wakinyan’s vision in life to nourish the gifts of Indigenous Peoples.

Tiwahe Introduces New Staff Member, Deanna StandingCloud

We are thrilled to announce that Deanna StandingCloud will be joining us as the Tiwahe Foundation’s Program and Community Network Director on February 1st. Deanna is a three-time American Indian Family Empowerment Grantee and currently in our Minnesota Alumni Network Weavers session. Deanna comes to Tiwahe with eight years of experience in programming at Minneapolis Public Schools Indian Education Program. Her role with Minneapolis Indian Education was in community and parent/student engagement. Deanna participated in Native Americans in Philanthropy Circle of Leaders program in 2012-13 and is an accomplished writer for the Circle Newspaper.  She recently performed with New Native Theater and is working to become a fluent Ojibwe speaker.  Deanna is a leader and mentor to many Native girls and women in our community. We are honored to have her join the Tiwahe Foundation.

Alumni Network Cohort #2 Wraps Up Sessions

The Alumni Network Weavers Cohort #2 concludes this month with a final meeting at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. The Network Weavers cohort model is a process intended to help Native leaders expand support for issues about which they are passionate. The sessions emphasize relationship-building, conversations that matter, Network building for social action across urban and tribal communities and development of projects that utilize a network approach.  We look forward to the expansive networks that will be built with this core group of leaders and the projects that we will fund as a result.

Network Leaders in this session:

Travis Zimmerman, Grand Portage Ojibwe
Bradley Harrington, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Linsey McMurrin, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Melissa Whiteman, Northern Arapaho
Darren Landgren, Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe
Chari LaDuke-Clark, Red Lake Band of Ojibwe
Mary LaGarde, White Earth Band of Ojibew
Deanna StandingCloud-Green,Red Lake Band of Ojibwe
Naida Medicine Crow, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe