Tiwahe Press Release
American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded
MINNEAPOLIS (June 8, 2017) Twelve grants were awarded to Native American individuals in the Twin Cities through Tiwahe Foundation’s American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (AIFEP). These grants are made in partnership with the Two Feathers Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation. AIFEP strives to reverse the social, educational and economic challenges facing American Indians by investing in human capital, skills and cultural strengths through three priority areas: cultural connections, educational achievement and economic self-sufficiency. Over the past 20 years, the AIFEP fund has awarded over 800 individuals close to $1.5 million. During the May 2017 grant round, the following individuals received awards:
Goal 1: Preserving and Renewing Native Cultural Connections
Natasha Galvez-Tirado, Leech Lake Ojibwe, for supplies to create and design regalia for her family.
Alesha Goodwin, White Earth Ojibwe, for materials to create cultural crafts and to launch drum making workshops in the Little Earth community.
Donavan Mountain, Red Lake Ojibwe, to purchase a laptop as a tool for learning and teaching the Ojibwe language.
Goal 2: Educational Achievement
Ira Buffalohead, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, to support his education at Augsburg College. Ira is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.
Raine Cloud, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, to support her education at the University of Minnesota. Raine is pursuing a Dakota Language Teaching Certification.
Jessica Lackey, Cherokee Nation, to support her education at the University of Minnesota. Jessica is conducting research for her Ph.D. in Natural Resources Science and Management.
Tasheena Lachapelle, White Earth Ojibwe, to support her education at Augsburg College. Tasheena is pursuing a Master’s degree in Leadership Studies.
Rachel Nelson, Yurok, to support her education at Metro State University. Rachel is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management with a minor in Project Management.
Isaiah Simon, Cheyenne River Lakota, to support his education at Augsburg College. Isaiah is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medicine.
Victoria Swain, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, to support her education at Augsburg College. Victoria is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency
Victoria Johnson, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, to support the launch of an Indigenous Lotus yoga pilot program for Native youth in the Twin Cities area.
John Other Medicine, Crow Tribe, to support upgrading equipment for his business, Sacred Visions Photography LLC.