Tiwahe Foundation July 2018 Newsletter

Tiwahe Community E-News
Tiwahe Foundation Grantees at June 2018 Honoring
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
June 2018
Preserving & Renewing Cultural Connections
Shawna Dillon ( Pine Ridge Oglala )
to purchase material for regalia making with youth.
Economic Self-Sufficiency
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.
 Educational Achievement
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.
Meet Tiwahe Foundation’s
Program Intern
Brook LaFloe is an alumni of the American Indian Family Empowerment Program
Brook LaFloe is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from Belcourt, ND. She was primarily raised in the Native community of Saint Paul, MN where she was given her spirit name Waagaagamishiingh (Bend in the River). Brook is currently finishing her Master’s degree from Loyola University-Maryland in Montessori Education. She is involved with the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center and has tutored young children from 1st-8th grade in all subject areas at the American Indian Magnet School. She is a member of the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota , a partnership of Governor Dayton’s office and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and will continue to fight for the rights of young women who have been historically underrepresented. Brook earned her B.S. in Neuroscience and Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. During her time in college, she was part of the Tulane women’s basketball team and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. She enjoys Pow Wowing as a fancy shawl dancer, spending time with her kid brother and engaging in anything sport related.
Brook hopes that Tiwahe will continue to support it’s community from the bottom up and will be recognized as a model that truly reflects the reciprocity of American Indian culture. As a grantee herself, she knows that philanthropist organizations have a lot to learn from Tiwahe about how to support American Indian individuals and communities specifically.
Tiwahe is Currently Taking Applications for Board of Directors Positions
Tiwahe Foundation is seeking applicants from community leaders to serve one to three year terms on the Board of Directors. If you have unique skills to offer, knowledge of the American Indian community and the desire to be a part of the tremendous work at Tiwahe Foundation, we would love to hear from you.
For more information, email Nevada Littlewolf, President and CEO at nlittlewolf@tiwahefoundation.org
Applications will be accepted until July 31, 2018
Cirle of Giving 2018
Circle of Giving Event
Keynote Speaker Wes Studi
WhereMcNamara Alumni Center
DateNovember 1st, 2018
Time 5:00-9:00pm
To reserve your table and be a part of our event, contact Nevada Littlewolf, President and CEO at nlittlewolf@tiwahefoundation.org or by phone at 612-722-0945

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