Oyate Network News: Linsey McMurrin

Oyate Network leader, Linsey McMurrin is a Prevention Specialist with Peacemaker Resources, a non-profit located in Bemidji, MN which promotes peacemaking initiatives through community, empowerment, and skill buiding. She is currently the program coordinator of Girls Lead on the Go! and an educator about Adverse Childhood Effects (ACES) that can result in trauma in Indigenous communities.

Linsey recently participated in the Oyate Network cohort with other Native organizers and leaders from across the state. After completing the collaborative cohort sessions, she was granted funding to support Building the Bridge: Courageous Action on Racial Reconciliation, a community event planned for later this year that will bring communities in northern Minnesota together to build relationships and learn about Anishinaabe culture, promoting understanding and awareness through fun activities, art, and video projects. To learn more about Peacemaker Resources, click here.

Welcome the New Oyate Network Cohort

The Oyate Network is growing! The third cohort had their first gathering in April 2017 on the Mille Lacs reservation. The group connected through their affinity with culture and language. Tiwahe is honored to host such an amazing and talented group of Indigenous leaders doing incredible work in their communities. Stay tuned to learn more about their work throughout the year.

Cohort 3:
Mikayla Schaaf (Mille Lacs Ojibwe, Witchita & Blackfeet)
Neil McKay (Spirit Lake Dakota)
Kyle Hill, PhD. (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, Sisseton-Wahpeton & Cheyenne River Sioux)with “Aki the Husky”
John Boyd (Red Lake Ojibwe)
Nicole Buckanaga (Leech Lake Ojibwe Pillager Band)
Afton Delgado (Oglala Sioux)
Megan Ballinger (Mille Lacs Ojibwe)


Twin Cities Native Lacrosse Awarded $50,000

American Indian Family Empowerment Program grantee John Hunter (2014) received funding to help launch the Twin Cities Native Lacrosse organization to engage Native youth in the traditional and modern game of lacrosse. The traditional game brings the community together around health, wellness, fitness, and fun.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee awarded a $50,000 Legacy Fund grant to Twin Cities Native Lacrosse to allow the team to purchase more equipment, field time, and a vehicle to transport the youth to practices and tournaments around the country. The team is planning to play in Toronto this summer for the North American Indigenous Games. Congratulations to John and the entire Twin Cities Native Lacrosse team!