Tiwahe Foundation is pleased to announce our recent grantees of the American Indian Family Empowerment Program (AIFEP) and the Oyate Network Community Leadership Projects.
AIFEP funding 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. Over the past 20 years, the AIFEP fund has awarded over 800 individuals close to $1.5 million.
The Oyate Network leadership community project funds to build a regional network among organizations committed to strengthening American Indian leaders to create innovative solutions to the unique challengesand opportunities faced in American Indian communities.
These grants are made in partnership with the Two Feathers Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation and the Blandin Foundation.
American Indian Family Empowerment Program Grantees
Preserving & Renewing Cultural Connections
Shawna Dillon ( Pine Ridge Oglala )
to purchase material for regalia making with youth.
Racquel Banaszak (Bad River Ojibwe)
for a down payment on a home for her family.
Simone Rendon (White Earth Ojibwe/Pine Ridge Oglala)
for supplies for a jam and jelly making start up.
Wayne Reyes Jr. (Bad River Ojibwe)
for costs related to professional piercing business.
Linda Lucero (White Earth Ojibwe)
to support her holistic life coach certification.
Felicia Galvan (Leech Lake Ojibwe)
to study abroad program while attending the U of M Morris.
Joanna Hill (Mille Lacs Ojibwe)
to support a yoga certification course.
Katrinka Jack (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)
to support her education at Metro State University.
Taylor Payer (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe)
to support her Master’s of Arts in Public Humanities at Brown University.
Angelique Morgan (Leech Lake Ojibwe)
to support her Doula certification.
Oyate Network Grantees
Elliot Christensen (Lower Sioux)
to purchase a drone for canoe gathering with youth.