Please Join us for the Tiwahe Foundation

Circle of Giving:

Renewing Community


 with keynote speaker

 Dr. Anton Treuer


Dr. Anton Treuer is a Professor at Bemidji State University and author of 14 books.  His new book, Warrior Nation; A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe was released September 1, 2015. He has a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is Editor of the Oshkaabewis (pronounced o-shkaah-bay-wis) Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language. Dr. Treuer has presented all over the U.S. and Canada and in several foreign countries on Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Cultural Competence & Equity, and Tribal Sovereignty, History, Language, and Culture.

November 5, 2015 6:00 to 8:00 pm

McNamara Alumni Center – University of Minnesota

200 SE Oak St, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tickets $100.00

Thank you to our 2015 Event Sponsors!

Minnesota Native American Leadership Alumni Network Collaboration

Tiwahe Foundation kicked off the Alumni Network Weaving Training on July 18th at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. This was the first of 8 learning sessions that will take place through November 2015. The first cohort participants are:

  • Joseph Allen -Blandin Foundation Alumni
  • Justin Beaulieu – Bush Foundation Alumni
  • Jennifer Cross – Tiwahe Foundation and Bush Foundation Alumni
  • Sharon Day – Headwaters Fund of the Sacred Circle Alumni
  • Leslie Harper – Blandin Foundation Alumni
  • Pamela Johns – Tiwahe Foundation and Bush Foundation Alumni
  • Melissa Olson – Tiwahe Foundation Alumni
  • Susan Beaulieu – Native Americans in Philanthropy Alumni
  • Kelly Drummer – Tiwahe Foundation
  • Valerie Shangreaux,- Blandin Foundation
  • David Cournoyer – Tiwahe Foundation

Our beginning sessions have focused on relationship building and network weaving utilizing our Alumni mapping project completed in May 2015.  Together,  we are working on weaving passions, ideas and resources into a network of leaders focusing on self determined projects that will benefit from an expanded network.

 The Minnesota Native American Leadership Alumni Collaboration is grateful to see this come to fruition and we look forward to the continued collaboration and participation of leaders. Partners in this collaboration are:  Tiwahe, Blandin, Bush, Northwest Area and Headwaters Foundations’ and Native Americans in Philanthropy.


Congratulations to the June 2015 American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grant Recipients

The Tiwahe Foundation is honored to announce that at their Board meeting on June 9, 2015 eleven grants were awarded to Native American individuals in the Twin Cities seven county metro area through its American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (AIFEP). This program awards $70,000-$80,000 annually to American Indian individuals and families seeking financial resources to achieve their goals, shape their future and make positive contributions to their community through three priority areas:  Economic Self-sufficiency; Education and Cultural Connections.

Grants range from $500 to $2,500-enough to make a significant impact on grantees and the community and contributing to the self-determination of individuals. During the June grant round individuals received awards in the following focus areas:

Goal 1: Preserve and Renew Native Cultural Connections

  • Grace Smith – support to visit hometown of Pitka’s Point, Alaska.

 Goal 2: Educational Achievement

  • Nigel Cook – support for tuition at Augsburg College.
  • Raquel Hernandez-Tarango – support for educational expenses-tuition, books, and supplies.
  • Katrinka Jack – support for educational expenses – tuition, books, supplies and transportation.
  • Samaria Mountain – support for educational expenses – tuition, books, supplies and transportation..
  • Jeremy Nelson – support for the pursuit of a BA degree at the University of Minnesota.
  • Leah Premo Lemm – support for second year at Duke Center for Documentary Studies.
  • Rory Taylor – support for a summer internship at the Center for Native American Youth in Washington, D.C.
  • Morgan Thompson – support for tuition expenses at Augsburg College.

 Goal 3: Economic Self- Sufficiency

  • Christine McCleave – support to purchase a DSLR camera and accessories to start independent photography business.
  • Leonard Skinaway – support for marketing of small auto repair business.

AIFEP, strives to reverse the social, educational, and economic challenges facing American Indians by investing in human capital, skills, resources and cultural strengths that people possess that allow them to live healthy and productive lives, build strong relationships, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. The next AIFEP fund deadline is February 6, 2016.


Kelly Drummer