Tiwahe is more than a Native-run community foundation. Tiwahe is a connector – of people, organizations, resources, knowledge, and opportunity. Tiwahe creates pathways for American Indian people to reach their goals, on their own terms, in this critical moment for defining how Native cultures, languages, and ways of being will live and grow in the coming generations.
We do this through our flagship micro-granting program (AIFEP) and through our Oyate Leadership Network, a network weaving and leadership development program that is being re-envisioned to center the cultural needs of our Indigenous leaders in Minnesota. Tiwahe means Native people in Minnesota have a relative wherever they go.
Tiwahe challenges systemic barriers to the goals our people pursue. The dominant culture approach to philanthropy is one of those barriers. Tiwahe offers a new model for philanthropy that centers Indigenous voices and values in every decision from planning through evaluation, and we help other organizations let go of dominant culture practices that hold them back.