What's New In The Community: June 2015


Drummer awarded for philanthropic work

Tiwahe Foundation President and CEO,

Kelly Drummer was awarded the Louis T. Delgado Distinguished

Grantmaker Award at the Native Americans in Philanthropy’s 25th

Anniversary Celebration – 2015 Native Philanthropy Institute at

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, MN on May 6.

Kelly Drummer (Oglala Lakota) has over

17 years of experience working with both nonprofit organizations and

community foundations. Prior to joining the Tiwahe Foundation, she

served as the director of development and communications at New

Foundations, a supportive housing community in St. Paul. She began

her involvement with the Tiwahe Foundation in 2007 and previously

served as its Board Chair. In this capacity, she helped lead the

foundation through a strategic planning and branding process.

Drummer holds a Masters in

Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University and her

B.A. from the University of Minnesota in cultural anthropology. She

served as a mentor to young Native leaders throughout the past 20

years and has a particular interest in engaging Native leaders in

fundraising and philanthropy.


Louis T. Delgado Distinguished Grantmaker Award represents Kelly

Drummer and her work in the philanthropic sector. She continues to be

a bridge for the Native American community and mainstream

philanthropy. Drummer is a member of the first cohort (2006-2007) of

the Circle of Leaders Program at Native Americans in Philanthropy.

The nominee for the Louis T. Delgado

Distinguished Grantmaker Award must fulfill the criteria of

understanding and advancing the role of philanthropy between Native

communities and mainstream philanthropy.

The Tiwahe Foundation is an

independent; American Indian led community foundation that provides

permanency for the American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund

(AIFEP) and leadership development initiatives.

The Bush Foundation announces its 2015

Community Innovation Grantees

30 organizations will receive nearly $5

million through the Bush Foundation’s 2015 Community Innovation Grant

program. Funds support problem-solving efforts across a range of

issue areas including domestic violence prevention, food sovereignty

and watershed preservation.

“This year’s Community Innovation

Grant recipients represent a growing network of organizations that

are truly advocating for social change. It’s impressive to see the

depth and breadth of thoughtful and responsive processes these

organizations have proposed, and I know the Foundation is pleased to

support such collaborative work,” Molly Matheson Gruen, Bush

Foundation Community Innovation Director said.

The Community Innovation Grant program

was established in 2013 for community stakeholders to find

breakthrough solutions to complex challenges. Projects receiving

Community Innovation Grant support will inspire collaborative

problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and

sustainable solutions.

The following tribal and Native

American organizations were awarded a community innovation grant.

White Earth Land Recovery Project,

Callaway, Minn., will focus on strengthening resources, education and

support in seed stewardship practices by developing a regional

Indigenous Seed Keepers Network. Seed keeping is an essential yet

overlooked aspect of a decolonized food system, and the Network will

equip new and existing Native seed keepers with the knowledge they

need to save, breed and exchange their own seeds. The project

received $200,000 for a 37-month term.

The Native American Advocacy Program,

Herrick, S.D., established the Mato Tasunka Wakinyan Okolakiciye

(Bear Horse Thunder Youth Society) to promote Lakota culture to youth

on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. Selected members of the

youth-driven Society will learn about cultural tourism, beekeeping

and medicinal herbs social enterprises through an 18-month

apprenticeship. The organization received $162,283 for a 19-month


The Wanbli Wiconi Tipi Rosebud Sioux

Detention Center, Rosebud, S.D., will examine the intersections

between healthy eating, job skills training and at-risk youth

development by developing a business plan model for a youth-run

hydroponic farm. The Work 2 Wellness initiative hopes to improve

Tribal health practices, stimulate the local economy and give

disadvantaged youth an opportunity to learn about farming. The

detention center received $198,076 for a 13-month term.

On Pine Ridge, 30 percent of people

are practicing artists and 40 percent of households rely on

traditional arts for income. However, most of the artists live in

poverty, are isolated from opportunities to promote their art and

cannot afford to travel. Known for its dedication to fostering the

artist community and the economic development of Pine Ridge, First

Peoples Fund will organize an operational plan to introduce a

fully-equipped mobile arts unit that will support artists across the

reservation. The organization received $200,000 for a 13-month term.