Tiwahe Foundation Announces American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grant Recipients

Source: Tiwahe Foundation 06/13/2014

(June 13, 2014) - The Tiwahe Foundation is honored to announce that at their Board meeting June 10, 2014 fifteen grants were awarded to Native American individuals in the Twin Cities seven county metro area through its American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (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. Individuals received awards in the following focus areas:

Goal 1: Preserving and Renewing Native Cultural Connections (Learning Native languages, developing kinship ties, traditional and cultural practices).

  • Nancy Cain-Kouri
  • Melissa Davis
  • Cleone Thompson 

Goal 2: Educational Achievement (Expenses related to college degrees, certificates, vocational training, GED, and college entrance exams).

  • Travis Earth-Werner
  • Savanna Elmquist
  • John Fairbanks
  • Miigis Gonzalez
  • Kevin Head
  • Mia Mikel
  • Cynthia Pawlitschek
  • James Smith
  • Shantelle Stately
  • Kelly Suzick
  • Aaron Thomson

Goal 3: Economic self-sufficiency (Employment, business, entrepreneurial opportunities and expenses related to home-ownership).

  • Linda Lucero

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. Please visit our website to learn more about our work. http://www.tiwahefoundation.org/

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