Tiwahe Foundation Announces American Indian Family Empowerment Grant Recipients
Source: Tiwahe Foundation
(July 10, 2013) — The Tiwahe Foundation is honored to announce that at their Board meeting June 11, 2013 ten grants were awarded to Native American individuals in the Twin Cities seven county metro area through its American Indian Family Empowerment Program (AIFEP). This program awards $70,000-$80,000 annually to American Indian individuals and families seeking financial resources to achieve their goals, shape their future and make positive contributions to their community through three priority areas: Economic Self-sufficiency; Education and Cultural Connections.
Grants range from $500 to $2,500—enough to make a significant impact on grantees and the community and contributing to the self-determination of individuals. During the May grant round individuals received awards in the following focus areas:
Goal 1: Preserving and Renewing Native Cultural Connections
- Moses Mahto-Strong, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota- for travel to Pipestone, MN to learn the traditional ways of making and carving pipes.
- Rosy Simas, Seneca Nation- for travel to Onondowaga territory to develop Seneca and Onondaga family ties and learn cultural practices.
Goal 2: Educational Achievement
- Katherine Beane, Flandreau Santee- for the cost of student fees and dissertation research at the University of MN.
- Antonia Funaro-Gladis, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota- for the cost of tuition at the University of MN.
- Kimberlee Kleinheksel, Navajo- for the cost of summer 2013 tuition for the nursing program at North Hennepin College.
- Adrian Martinez, Zuni- for summer tuition to finish A.S. degree in Addiction Counseling at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
- Joseph Vital, Red Lake Band of Ojibwe- for the cost of tuition at Augsburg College.
Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency
- Samuel Little Cloud, Oglala Lakota- for the cost of tuition at Augsburg College and for goals related to providing for his family.
- Colin Wesaw, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi- to start up a Native American empowerment, leadership and teambuilding business.
- Dyani White Hawk, Sicangu Lakota- to support the design and maintenance of a professional website for her artwork.
AIFEP, strives to reverse the social, educational, and economic challenges facing American Indians by investing in human capital, skills, resources and cultural strengths that people possess that allow them to live healthy and productive lives, build strong relationships, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.