The term “Tiwahe” originates from the Lakota language, embodying the concept of family and highlighting the intricate interdependence among all living entities. It also underscores an individual’s duty to safeguard not only their kin but also the community and the natural world.

The Tiwahe Program builds communities of hope by cultivating culture and connection. Tiwahe fosters systemic change in the delivery of services to children and families through the integration of Tribal practices, customs, values and traditions. Tiwahe is made up of several components, which work together to protect and promote the development of prosperous and resilient Tribal communities.

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  • Red Lake opens new Intergenerational Wellness Building

    The ribbon is cut on the Ombimindwaa Gidinawemaaganinaadog Intergenerational Wellness Building during a grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023, in Red Lake.Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer

    Story Originally Published October 12, 2023 by Nicole Ronchetti, The Bemidji Pioneer

    RED LAKE — In another step toward addressing historical trauma and community needs, Red Lake held a grand opening ceremony for its new Intergenerational Wellness Building on Wednesday, highlighting the impressive $15.5 million facility and the services that it will provide.

  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to Address Critical Issues with Tiwahe Initiative Funding

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    The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe recently received notification that it has been awarded a substantial grant as part of the Tiwahe Initiative expansion, led by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This pivotal funding is set to address a wide array of pressing challenges faced by the community, underscoring the tribe’s unwavering commitment to uplifting its members and preserving its rich cultural heritage.


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