Tiwahe Foundation Awards 10 Grants to American Indian Individuals


The Tiwahe Foundation recently awarded 10 grants to Native American individuals in the Twin Cities seven county metro area through its American Indian Family Empowerment Program. The program awards $80,000-$100,000 annually to American Indian individuals and families seeking financial resources to achieve their goals and make positive contributions to their community through economic self-sufficiency, education and cultural connections.

The grants, announced February 12, 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," a press release states. Awards were given in the following focus areas.

Goal 1: Preserving and Renewing Native Cultural Connections:

Hinhan Loud Hawk, Oglala Sioux

Goal 2: Educational Achievement:

Celeste Apple, Oglala Sioux

Sammie Ardito Rivera, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Sandra Garzon, HoChunk Nation

Frederick Hill, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Crystal Pelchat, Standing Rock Sioux

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency:

Amandrea Chapman, White Earth Band of Ojibwe

Deatrick LaPointe, Rosebud Sioux

Jane Valencia, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Missy Whiteman, Northern Arapaho

The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Tiwahe Foundation's American Indian Family Empowerment Program "strives to reverse the social, educational, and economic challenges facing Americans 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," the release stated.