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American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded by Tiwahe Foundation

Tomorrow, Tiwahe Foundation will host a Grantee Honoring to celebrate Ten grantees that were selected to pursue their vision and dreams.   These grants are made in partnership with the Two Feathers Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation.

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 June 2016 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 1: Preserve and Renew Native Cultural Connections

Brian Heart, to support Native cultural education in the 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, for small business to purchase materials to create first product line of Native made fashion items

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

Tiwahe’s Growing Endowment

Our $6 million endowment campaign is going strong! The Seventh Generation Campaign is working to secure funds for our American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund Grants (AIFEP), leadership development initiatives and organizational development and capacity building. To date, our endowment is over $3 million.

Daniel Lemm, Founding Past Board Treasurer, writes,”My original pledge to Tiwahe Foundation was about giving back to the community through an impactful organization. Now, my wife and I also give to teach our son about the importance of giving and to show him the value of generosity in action.”

The Northwest Area Foundation’s $1 million Presidential Award included $700,000 allocated as a challenge grant to help leverage additional funding for the endowment campaign. We encourage you to join us and be a part of the match!