Seasons Greetings

The Winter Solstice is here!  We will begin to hibernate a bit more, share stories and begin a New Year.  In this season of change, we are grateful for the founding leadership of the Tiwahe Foundation.   We recently held our Annual meeting and honored our founding and outgoing Board members Yvonne Barrett, Juanita Espinosa, Daniel Lemm and Andrew Adams.  We also had the opportunity to acknowledge Leslie Apple for her dedication to Tiwahe for the past 3 years and wish her well on her new journey.   As we enter this season of change, we reflect on the strength of our community, the generosity that has blessed Tiwahe Foundation and the exciting journey ahead.   We look forward to introducing our recently elected Board members at the start of the year.

In gratitude,
Kelly

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Alumni Grantee, Felicia Wesaw was awarded an Alumni Project grant to support  her vision for an Urban Garden

In the spring of 2015, Felicia Wesaw was awarded a Native American Leadership Alumni Grant to support her vision for an Urban Garden in Minneapolis. Watch the video to see the transformation and impact the garden had on Franklin Avenue and the people that came to support her vision.

2015 American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund Grantees

The American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (AIFEP) is a grant-making project of the Tiwahe Foundation, which awards grants to individuals working to be of service to their community, connected to their culture, and to have their potential realized.

Reflecting on 2015, the American Indian Family Empowerment Fund awarded 42 grants totaling $83,376.00 to American Indian individuals in the Twin Cities Metro area.

 Preserving and Renewing Native Cultural Connections
  • Charissa Blue – awarded a grant to purchase regalia
  • Susan Center – awarded a grant to develop and maintain jewelry and regalia making
  • Jaida Grey Eagle – awarded a grant to conduct interviews for book-Oyate Ta Icante (Hearts of our Nation)
  • Eileen Hudon – awarded a grant to purchase a computer, printer, and supplies to make hand drums
  • Dennis Jones – awarded a grant to teach Ojibwe language and cultural activities
  • Neil McKay – awarded a grant to purchase Dakota language books for language table classes
  • Grace Smith – awarded a grant to visit hometown of Pitka’s Point, Alaska
Educational Achievement   
  • Nigel Cook – awarded a grant to help with the cost of tuition at Augsburg College
  • Afton Delgado – awarded a grant for educational expenses at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
  • Melanie Hanks – supported to purchase a computer and transportation expenses related to school
  • Raquel Hernandez -Tarango – awarded a grant to help with college related expenses
  • Keenan  Humphrey – awarded a grant to purchase a laptop for graduate school at the University of Minnesota
  • Katrinka Jack – awarded a grant to help with college related expenses
  • Elaine Jones – awarded a grant to help with college related expenses
  • Rochelle LaChapelle-Thoen – awarded a grant to help with tuition at Rasmussen College for nursing degree
  • Ashley LaFriniere – awarded a grant to help pay for expenses related to attending law school
  • Samaria Mountain – awarded a grant to help with college related expenses
  • Cory Mottaz – awarded a grant to support educational goals at Takoda Institute
  • Jeremy  Nelson – awarded a grant to pursue a B.A. degree at the University of Minnesota
  • Lisa Owen – awarded a grant to help with college related expenses while attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Leah Premo-Lemm – awarded a grant to help with second year at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies
  • Andrew Regguinti – awarded a grant to purchase a computer and help with living expenses while attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Laura Roberts – awarded a grant to help with cost of tuition at the University of St. Thomas
  • Jennifer Robinson – awarded a grant to pay for GED exam
  • Jessica Rousseau – awarded a grant to help with educational expenses-tuition, books, fees, laptop and internet.
  • Rhonda Rousseau – awarded a grant to help with living expenses and supplies for College
  • April R.  Strait – awarded a grant to purchase a computer and pay for GED exam
  • Abigail Smith – awarded a grant to help with tuition at St. Olaf College
  • Rory Taylor – awarded a grant to attend an internship at the Center for Native American Youth in Washington, D.C.
  • Morgan Thompson – awarded a grant to help with the cost of tuition at Augsburg College
  • Adam Williams – awarded a grant to pay for tuition at the University of Minnesota
  • Monica Yellow Bird – awarded a grant to help pay for expenses related to Certified Public Accounting certification
Economic Self-Sufficiency   
  • Leonard Skinaway – awarded a grant to support his small business.
  • Naida Medicine Crow – awarded a grant to purchase a vehicle.
  • John Boyd – awarded a grant to help with living expenses while completing an internship for B.A. degree.
  • Christine McCleave – awarded a grant to start an independent photography business.
Native American Leadership Alumni Projects
  • Sammie Ardito Rivera – awarded an alumni grant to support the project: Indigenous Reproductive Health and Birth Learning
  • Nancy Cain-Kouri – awarded an alumni grant to support the project: Sacred Circle
  • Melissa J. Olson – awarded an alumni grant to support the project: We Are All Connected – A Digital and Visual Storytelling
  • Arlana Omaha – awarded an alumni grant for the Gathering of Sacred Voices IV: Annual Youth Leadership Summit
  • Felicia Wesaw – awarded an alumni grant for the project: Four Sisters Urban Garden in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Melissa Whiteman – awarded an alumni grant for the project: The Coyote Way