Nine of the Twelve applications for the Family Empowerment Program were approved for funding. The grants ranging from $1,950 to $2,500 will be used to support individuals or families in the impact areas of economic independence, educational, cultural or health and wellness opportunities. Grantees will have a year to complete and evaluate their projects.
Jessica Gokey, Culture: Through the synchronization of technology and traditional Ojibwe beadwork, my goal is to continue this art form on a traditional platform in modern society to inspire traditional beadwork and how it has a place in today’s society.
Keeli Siyaka, Culture: I will finish my regalia, including beadwork and sewing of a shawl and dress, so that I may dance in as many wacipis as possible.
Shiela Zephier, Culture: Requesting funding to travel to Gathering of Nations Powwow and make college visits along the way.
Susan Crow, Economic Independence: I’m seeking funding to turn my work as a seamstress into a business that will provide me income while creating traditional garments and regalia that preserve the culture and educate future generations.
Samsoche Sampson, Economic Independence: To utilize my artistic and visual expression to create new art. I am a performing artist and am working my way into doing more visual arts that include painting, screen printing, printmaking, and graphic designs. I will be creating more visual arts and attend pow-wows and art festivals across Minnesota.
Carrie Phillips, Education: I plan to finish my degree at Metropolitan State University in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling B.S. program, take the state exam to become a licensed professional and proceed to open a half-way house that can help my native brothers and sisters. I will also be utilizing my C.P.P. by doing prevention work with our youth and their families, to help deter harmful behaviors and substance use.
Andrea Reese, Education: Over the next year, I will have liked to accomplish not only beginning school but having completed 3 successful semesters in my business pathways transfer program at MCTC.
Ronald Whiterabbit, Education: I hope to graduate from Augsburg University this summer with a B.S. in biology. I wish to obtain a stable job and provide for my friends and family.
Jasmine Funmaker, Health & Wellness: My goal is for our Native Community to heal through the practice of yoga and to work on self-development and heal past and current traumas while making physical and mental gains.