Tiwahe envisions a collaborative approach for American Indian leadership across urban, tribal and rural communities that moves from isolation to transformation, action and social change.
Native leaders across Minnesota have the opportunity to connect to others through the Oyate Leadership Network. Our collective values and community work can strengthen through collaborative connections within this network. Find support, access resources, and collaborate with Native leaders for your own work.

Oyate Leadership Network

Past Project Participants
2015
Sammie Ardito Rivera “Indigenous Reproductive Health and Birth Learning Project”
Nancy Cain-Kouri “Sacred Circle Project”
Melissa Olson “We Are All Connected: A Digital and Visual Storytelling Project
Arlana Omaha “Gathering of Sacred Voices IV: Annual Youth Leadership Summit”
Felicia Wesaw “Four Sisters Urban Garden
Missy Whiteman “The Coyote Way: Going Back Home Film Project

2016
David Cournoyer, Jennifer Cross, Justin Beaulieu and Susan Beaulieu “Indigenous Resilience and Relationships Gathering”
Melissa Olson “We Are All Connected” audio documentary
Sharon Day Fundraising Event for IPTF’s Mikwanedun Audiosookon Art and Wellness Center

2017
Bradley Harrington, Travis Zimmerman, Deanna StandingCloud “Gagiiginindizodaa! Ojibwe Language Gathering
Chari LaDuke-Clark “Comprehensive Civil Legal Needs Assessment of Northern Minnesota Reservation Communities through Anishinabe Legal Services, Inc.”
Missy Whiteman “The Coyote Way: Going Back Home” Website launch
Linsey McMurrin “Building the Bridge: Courageous Action on Racial Reconciliation Community Event”
Mary LaGarde “Minneapolis American Indian Center Redesign Process for Staff and Board Engagement”
Darren Landgren “Ojiibik Mashkiki Root Medicine Project
Neil McKay “Dakota Language Home Kit”
John Boyd ““Urban Tribal Exchange Youth Project”

2018
Sterling Knox “Food is Medicine”
Ryan Dixon “Cansayapi Dakota Iapi Bowl”
Joy Annette “Ginan Zoongitaagozi – We Have a Strong Voice”
Wesley May “Healing Through Art”
Dustin Goslin “Nookomis Zaagi”
Elliot Christensen “Thanagidan Táŋka (Big Hummingbird)”
Sharon Bellcourt and Lenore Barsness “The Crisis at the Wall of Forgetten Natives”
Awanewquay Rendon “Blood Quantum Strong”
Sylvia Fred and Nate Taylor “Ojibwemotadidaa”
Janice Badmoccasin “Medicine Horse Nation”
Miskwa-Mukwa Desjarlait “Ogichidaa Oyate Youth Council Retreat”

2019
James Lussier “Cohort Coffeehouse”
LeAnnLittlewolf “The Akaawe Anishinaabe Akiing Community Project”
Payton Counts “Indigenous Peoples Task Force Youth Retreat”
Comanche Fairbanks “Sexual Violence Prevention Video Campaign”
Brook LaFloe, Janice LaFloe, and Ben Spears “Niniijaanis Discovery”
Tashia Hart and Jonathan Thunder “Manoomin Families Research & Sharing”
Derek Nicholas “Morris Edible Landscaping”

Native-American-Alumni-Report

TODAY, OVER HALF OF OUR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS HAVE MOVED INTO KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN PHILANTHROPY AND NATIVE AMERICAN NONPROFITS IN THE TWIN CITIES AREA.

Oyate Network Leadership Program 2019 Sessions

Spring

(April 5-7 and April 26-28)

Fall

September 14-15 and October 5-6

Winter

November 22-24 and December 6-8

Start your application process today!

Oyate Network Goals

  • Support leaders through experiential learning, peer sharing, and networking grounded in culture.
  • Connect leaders across the state using technology and face-to-face strategies.
  • Foster sustainability by building relationships, increasing cultural practice, 
    and nurturing a circle of mutual support.
  • Engage in leadership activities in tribal communities that lead toward equity and a greater social and economic stability. 

 Connect with Oyate Network community leaders throughout the state of Minnesota by creating your profile on the Oyate Network online work space at OyateNetwork.com

Melissa Olson
In 2015, Melissa was a part of the Oyate Network. She describes her project, “We Are All Connected” as a collaboration of four women with an idea to document multiple intergenerational stories of Indigenous women displaced by transcultural adoption. In creating more opportunities for belonging and storytelling, I believe we can begin to create a healthier community.

Missy Whiteman

 In 2016, she was part of Tiwahe Foundation’s Oyate Network of alumni of various leadership programs. “Before…I sometimes felt as if I was working in isolation. The network is not only valuable, but it is also a necessity. This is how indigenous communities traditionally operate, supporting one another to support sustainability.”

To register to participate in an upcoming cohort, contact Tiwahe Foundation Program Director at 612-722-0587 or program@tiwahefoundation.org.