Tiwahe Press Release

American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded

MINNEAPOLIS (February 9, 2017) Eleven 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 January 2017 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 2: Educational Achievement

Brittany Austin, Standing Rock, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Brittany is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Education.

Jolene Chestnut, White Earth, to support her education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Jolene is in her final year of the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance Program.

Akikwe Cornell, Sault Saint Marie, to support her education at the University of Minnesota. Akikwe is completing a doctoral program in the Department of American Studies.

Honor Lamont, Ogalala Sioux, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Honor is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Human Services.

Amber Leger, Leech Lake, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Amber is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.

Anne O’Keefe-Jackson, Lower Sioux, to support her education at Augsburg College. Anne is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration.

Jason Poitra, Turtle Mountain, to support his education at Dunwoody College of Technology. Jason is pursuing a one year welding certificate.

Samora Redding, White Earth, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Samora is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Human Services.

Sasina Samreth, White Earth, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Sasina is pursuing a certificate in Accounting.

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency

David Bernie, Yankton Sioux, to bring Indigemojis, an Indigenous Sticket Emoji app, to the Android market. Indigemojis launched for iOS August of 2016 and includes categories such as Women Warriors, Francis Frybread, Indian Love, Pow Wow and Activism.

Benjamin Spears, Red Lake, to upgrade business equipment for Spears Tree Care. Benjamin has worked as a Certified Arborist for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board for over a decade and runs his own business providing consultation and diagnosis, trimming, removal and disease control.

Tiwahe Press Release

New Board Members and Staff Appointed to Tiwahe Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 3, 2017) Tiwahe Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members: John Fetzer, Wakinyan LaPointe and Valerie Larsen, as well as a new staff member, Deanna StandingCloud. Their expertise and leadership will enhance our vision and lead the future work of the Foundation.

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.

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.

Deanna StandingCloud will be joining us as the 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. 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.

Our Mission

The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

Tiwahe Press Release

American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded by Tiwahe Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS (October 26, 2016) Nine 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 September 2016 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 2: Educational Achievement

Evelyn Castaway, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Evelyn is in her second year of study in the Law Enforcement program, pursuing an Associate’s Degree.

Kyle Hill, Ph.D., to support his education at Johns Hopkins University. Kyle will be attending the Fall Institute in Barcelona, Spain as part of the Master of Public Health program.

Nicole Koenig-Roy, to support her education at The Art Institutes International Minnesota. Nicole is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Business Management.

Shawn Ross, to support his education at Augsburg College. Shawn will graduate next spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law and a minor in American Indian Studies.

Alicia Smith, to support her education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Alicia is in her second and final year of the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance Program.

Joyce Yellowhammer, to support her education at Anoka Ramsey Community College. Joyce is in her first year, pursuing an Associate in Arts degree and hopes to work in the field of criminal justice.

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency

Janice Bad Moccasin, to finish final planning stages of a new equine therapy program, Horse Nation Coming-Dakota Horse Camps. The program’s goal is to revive Indigenous nature-based healing and personal development through Equine Therapy.

Anita Lovelace, to purchase a long-arm quilting machine. Anita has taught quilting classes and donated many star quilts to the community. She aims to increase her productivity of star quilts with the machine.

Rosy Simas, to support her dance and choreography business. Rosy has been in the dance field as a performer, choreographer, teacher, curator, lecturer, advocate and mentor to other Native artists and artists of color for over 20 years.

Our Mission

The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

Tiwahe Press Release

American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded by Tiwahe Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. MINNEAPOLIS (June 13, 2016) Ten grants were awarded to American Indian 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.  Over the past 20 years, the AIFEP fund has awarded nearly 800 individuals close to $1.5 million. 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. During the June 2016 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 1: Preserve and Renew Native Cultural Connections
Brian Heart, to support providing education of native culture at Little Earth community

Goal 2: Educational Achievement
Cassandra Buffalohead, to support her education at Augsburg College
Frances Butler, to support her education at Anoka Technical College
Andrea Cornelius, to support her education at Augsburg College
Heather House, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Lisa Lachner, to support her education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency
Korina Barry, to support completing a yoga teacher certification program
Patricia Columbus-Powers, to purchase materials to create first product line examples
Brook LaFloe, to support living costs relating to education at the Montessori Institute of San Diego
Jacqueline Pearl, to support creating a family owned and operated window cleaning business

Our Mission: The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

Tiwahe Press Release

American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded by Tiwahe Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. MINNEAPOLIS (February 22, 2016) Ten 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.  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 700 individuals close to $1.5 million. During the February 2016 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 1: Preserve and Renew Native Cultural Connections
Cheryl Feather, to support creating traditional regalia for her grandsons to wear while dancing in community powwows

Goal 2: Educational Achievement
Eli Buffalohead, to support his education at Augsburg College
Reva Lumbar, to support her education at Takoda Institute of Higher Education
Dylan O’Brien, to support his education at the University of Minnesota
Joy Rivera, to support her attendance and presentation at the “World Indigenous Cancer Conference” in Australia

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency
James Cross, for transportation to remain volunteering in the community at Natives against Heroin talking circles and sweat lodge ceremonies for Native American men in Stillwater and Oak Park Heights prisons
Marissa Goodsky, to purchase masonry apprenticeship equipment and vehicle repairs
Leonard Hayes, to support his consulting business which provides facilitation and curriculum for the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ support groups
Deidre Whiteman, for closing costs and down payment assistance on her first home
Dietrich Wilke, to purchase equipment needed to establish a media production business

Our Mission: The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.

New Board Members Appointed to Tiwahe Foundation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 24, 2016) Tiwahe Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of four new board members: Monica Flores, Paul Meyer, Amanda Norman and Joseph Regguinti. Their expertise and leadership will enhance our vision and lead the future work of the Foundation.

Monica Flores is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. Currently the Executive Director of Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund, Ms. Flores has many years of experience working in Native American communities and Tribal governments. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration and Certified Public Accountant certification. An alumni grantee, Ms. Flores enjoys teaching boxing and women’s empowerment classes.

Paul Meyer is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. He is the President and CEO of Meyer Contracting. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, he has vast experiences in starting and growing businesses. Mr. Meyer enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and coaching.

Amanda Norman is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She is the Executive Director of the soon-to-be Thor Foundation, the corporate foundation arm of Thor Construction, Incorporated. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Morris and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education at Augsburg College. Ms. Norman enjoys the arts, travel and writing.

Joseph Regguinti is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and served on the Leech Lake Local Indian Council from 2012-2015, acting as a liaison between urban Leech Lake citizens and the Tribal council. He currently works as the Father Project Coordinator at the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. He holds a degree in English and American Indian studies from Augsburg College. An alumni grantee, Mr. Regguinti enjoys harvesting wild rice, hunting and gathering of traditional foods and spending time with his son.

Our Mission: The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values and vision.