Oyate Network News: Chari LaDuke-Clark

Anishinabe Legal Services Celebrates
50 Year Anniversary

Chari has been an Administrative Director with Anishinabe Legal Services for over 10 years. Chari participated in the second Oyate Network Weaving training to help build core network leaders across urban and tribal communities. As an Oyate Network cohort fellow, she was able to secure funding to undertake a comprehensive review of the assistance provided by Anishinabe Legal Services to ensure that activities and projects align with the ever-changing needs of the community. Anishinabe Legal Services is the first independent Native American legal service organization in the country. It now serves the communities of Red Lake, Leech Lake, and White Earth reservations with legal assistance to low-income individuals and families.

Anishinabe Legal Services will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary on Friday, June 23rd at 5pm at the 7 Clans Event Center in Red Lake, Minnesota with a keynote presentation by Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Anne McKeig. To RSVP, call Chari at 218-335-2223 ext. 102 or by email: claduke-clark@alslegal.org. Learn more about Anishinabe Legal Services here: www.alslegal.org.


Tiwahe Grantee Paul Wenell Awarded 
First Peoples Fund Fellowship

American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund grantee and Minneapolis based hip-hop artist, Paul Wenell Jr. (Leech Lake Ojibwe) was awarded a 2017 Artists in Business Leadership Fellowship from First Peoples Fund, which supports Indigenous artists throughout Indian Country. As a fellow, Wenell will be eligible to receive funding for his craft, technical support and professional training to grow his thriving performing and recording artist career. Wenell is a unique lyricist, integrating the Ojibwe language into his track, “Prayers in a Song.” To hear more about Paul Wenell Jr.’s story as an AIFEP grantee, check out the Tiwahe Foundation YouTube channel. To learn more about Paul, follow him on his Facebook page. Congratulations, Paul!


Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community 
Awards $100,000 Grant

Tiwahe Foundation recently received a $100,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for the Seventh Generation Endowment Campaign. Our partnership with the Shakopee community is strong- in fact, SMSC gave one of the first gifts to the Endowment Campaign back in 2009. Along with being the Campaign’s first tribal donor, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has given over $125,000 to the Endowment Campaign. Thank you to the SMSC Business Council and community members for your gift!

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment and a strong economy.

Investments in the endowment secure and double our grantmaking, build leadership development initiatives and increase capacity for the Foundation.