American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants
Awarded by Tiwahe Foundation

Tiwahe Foundation’s Grantee Honoring was held this past week, celebrating ten Native American individuals from the Twin Cities. These grants are made in partnership with the Two Feathers Fund. The American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund 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 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

Pollen features Tiwahe Foundation’s Growing Endowment

Pollen’s story, “Growing an Endowment Toward the Art of Reciprocity,” beautifully describes the work of Tiwahe Foundation. The article focuses on relationships, alumni grantees and the American Indian community.

For more insight on Tiwahe Foundation, read it here.