January 2020

Welcoming 2020
Nicole MartinRogers elected Chair of the Board of Directors
Nicole MartinRogers (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) was elected chair at the Tiwahe Foundation’s December meeting. Kathy Denman-Wilke (Saginaw Chippewa) is vice-chair, Nikki Pieratos Love (Boise Forte Band of Ojibwe) is treasurer, and Wakinyan LaPointe (Rosebud Sioux) is secretary. Other board members are Amanda Norman (White Earth Ojibwe), immediate past chair; Joe Regguinti (Leech Lake Ojibwe); and Mary Kunesh Podein (Standing Rock Sioux). John Fetzer (White Earth Ojibwe), Paul Meyer (White Earth Ojibwe), and Valerie Shangreaux (Oglala Sioux) resigned.
“Tiwahe Foundation is an amazing organization to be involved with and to donate to! Tiwahe’s approach to community giving embodies American Indian values such as truth, wisdom, love, and respect. Tiwahe Foundation was built through gifts from our community, and we give grants to community members to honor and support them in growing as individuals and working toward their goals, which ultimately strengthens family and community ties. I really appreciate Tiwahe’s strength-based and values-centered approach to working in the American Indian community.” said MartinRogers, who is the Senior Research Manager at Wilder Research.
Tiwahe is looking for new Board Members!
The Tiwahe Foundation Board of Directors is looking for new members. Up to five new members will be elected in 2020. Newly elected Board Members will be elected for a three-year term. Directors may serve three consecutive terms, for a total of up to nine years. Download the application here:  https://tiwahefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/BOD_Member_Application_2020.pdf
Areas, where the Board desires greater representation, include:
· American Indian tribal members or descendants of tribal members.
· Have significant experience with or knowledge of the Twin Cities American Indian community.
· Reflect the diversity of the American Indian community with respect to tribal affiliation, place of residence, age, gender, and socio-economic background.
· With broad connections to the Indian community who bring specific skills and expertise.
· Individuals who represent different income levels in the Native community and who are engaged in day-to-day work with strong ties and involvement in American Indian communities.
· The Board of Directors of this corporation shall consist of no fewer than seven, and no more than twelve, persons.
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women: Panel Discussion & Community Conversation
When:​ Saturday, February 1, 2020 (12 p.m.-3 p.m.)
Where: ​Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College Amphitheater, 2101 14th St., Cloquet, MN 55720
Why: ​Discuss recent legislative action in support of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), hear from local leaders, and brainstorm actionable steps we can take to build solutions together.
What​: Panelists are Sarah Curtiss (Men as Peacemakers), Rose Whipple (Indigenous youth leaders), Rene Ann Goodrich (Native Lives Matter), and State Representative Mary Kunesh Podein (41B). Following the panel, there will be a community conversation.
Lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to all, but space is limited, so RSVP here: ​shorturl.at/nqILN 
Grantee Highlight: Toni StillDay
” The powerful medicine and relationships that developed out of our first MMIW Red Ribbon Skirt Making event in 2019 were amazing and it was more of an educational event. This year we wanted to dive deeper by making the skirts in a singular design as a show of unity amongst the Indigenous participants and to ask the non-Indigenous women from Mobile Menders to walk in Solidarity with us on the February 14, MMIW walk. We shared our stories and spoke candidly about how we as Indigenous women are impacted by stereotypes which objectify, sexualize, dehumanize, and make us disposable. We wanted them to see us as we truly are, vibrant, intelligent, caring, beautiful women and to show them that the MMIW crisis is not an Indigenous women’s issue it is a Women’s issue. The day was powerful as we walked in the door as strangers and left in sisterhood! Thank you to the Tiwahe Foundation for finding this event where healing occurred and medicine was made in sisterhood! Chi-miigwech!”
-Toni Stillday
Toni StillDay received a Family Empowerment Program grant with the impact area of Health & Wellness in the Fall of 2019. One of her grant objectives was to host a Ribbon Skirt making event. Continuing her growing partnership with  Mobile Menders , Stillday organized a skirt making event, hosted at Tiwahe Offices on January 25, 2020. Each participant was joined by a mobile mender to assist in creating their red skirts for upcoming events in February.
To find out more about our Family Empowerment Program, visit our website or email: program@tiwahefoundation.org