American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grants Awarded by Tiwahe Foundation

Monday, February 22, 2016

Ten grants were awarded to Native American individuals in the Twin Cities through Tiwahe Foundation’s American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (AIFEP). These grants are made in partnership with the Two Feathers Fund.  AIFEP 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 700 individuals close to $1.5 million. During the February 2016 grant round, the following individuals received awards:

Goal 1: Preserve and Renew Native Cultural Connections

  • Cheryl Feather, to support creating traditional regalia for her grandsons to wear while dancing in community powwows

Goal 2: Educational Achievement

  • Eli Buffalohead, to support his education at Augsburg College
  • Reva Lumbar, to support her education at Takoda Institute of Higher Education
  • Dylan O’Brien, to support his education at the University of Minnesota
  • Joy Rivera, to support her attendance and presentation at the “World Indigenous Cancer Conference” in Australia

Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency

  • James Cross, for transportation to remain volunteering in the community at Natives against Heroin talking circles and sweat lodge ceremonies for Native American men in Stillwater and Oak Park Heights prisons
  • Marissa Goodsky, to purchase masonry apprenticeship equipment and vehicle repairs
  • Leonard Hayes, to support his consulting business which provides facilitation and curriculum for the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ support groups
  • Deidre Whiteman, for closing costs and down payment assistance on her first home
  • Dietrich Wilke, to purchase equipment needed to establish a media production business