Tiwahe Foundation Awards Alumni Grants

The Minnesota Native Alumni Network completed a six month Network Weaving training in December and we launched our first grants offered to participants in this training. Alumni are working together on fantastic projects. We look forward to launching a new co-hort of Network weavers in July, 2016.

Sharon Day received funding to create a fundraising event for Indigenous Peoples Task Force’s Mikwanedun Audisookon Art and Wellness Center. The fundraising event, hosted at All My Relations Gallery, will be a part of a series of events supporting the art lab/studio, theater, commercial kitchen and retail consignment art store. The Center will provide office, training and education, creative and community spaces for the use of the Indigenous community and the Phillips neighborhood. Learn more about Wellness Center here.

Melissa Olson received funding supporting her public radio audio documentary, We Are All Connected. The project documents multiple inter-generational stories of Indigenous women displaced by trans-cultural adoption. We Are All Connected will air on KFAI Radio in Minneapolis during the spring of 2016.

A group of four alumni, Susan Beaulieu, David Cournoyer, Justin Beaulieu and Jennifer Cross, received funding for their “Indigenous Resilience and Relationships Gathering,” a convening around strengths-based resiliency strategies and resources relative to Indigenous communities. The workshop is intended to create a learning space for practitioners for sharing, practicing and building relationships in both Minnesota and surrounding states.

AIFEP Grantee In The News

MPR News interviewed recent Tiwahe AIFEP grantee James Cross about his life challenges and his current work advocating for his community through the Natives Against Heroin group. Want to learn more about James? Find the link to the article here.