Division of Indian Work

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Division of Indian Work Hosts Second Annual LEAP Benefit

The group dedicated to empowering urban American Indians raises funds for a culturally sensitive food shelf.

By Brigitta Greene, Minnesota Monthly
Published May 1, 2017

Original Article Here

On February 27, the Division of Indian Work hosted the second annual LEAP benefit at the Metropolitan Club in Golden Valley. The Division empowers urban American Indians through education, counseling, advocacy, and leadership development. Funds raised will be used to purchase food for Horizons Unlimited, a culturally sensitive food shelf. 

Louis Flammond: I’m a youth worker in south Minneapolis. Young people are in survival mode if their families are hungry. But if they’re fed—with nutritional foods, rather than commodities as they were in the past—our youth have the opportunity to take advantage of the programs we offer. 

Maren Hardy: I run the food shelf that this event is sponsoring. Right now our budget is so limited. Last year, we raised enough to feed people for the whole year—three days a week, three hours a day. This year, we’re hoping to stay open for four days a week, five hours a day. To tell people we don’t have food is horrible. We shouldn’t have to do that. 

Joseph Regguinti: I work for the Division of Indian Work with the domestic violence prevention program. We hold groups for men, teaching them a culturally based curriculum and skills to prevent the cycle of violence. The food shelf feeds a lot of the families that we interact with. 

Noya Woodrich: I worked at the Division of Indian Work for 22 years. We were always looking for an opportunity to have an event that would support the programs we offer. The food shelf has always had the most need—and it’s always growing.

Abel Martinez: I help make moccasins for native babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Minnesota. It’s my first time at a big fundraiser—it’s a whole new experience for me.

As told to Brigitta Greene

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LEAP 2017 Recap

The Division of Indian Work (DIW)  is basking in the glow of a wonderful evening of giving and sharing at our LEAP benefit on February 27.  Over three hundred people enjoyed the food and drink, visited with old friends...and made new connections... while enjoying the beautiful ambiance at the Metropolitan. 

Thank you to all who came, particularly our table hosts who generated enthusiasm and attendance so effectively.  Thank you to our wonderful performers: Maria Jette, Dan Chouinard and Jearlyn Steele who donated their incredible talent.   We are enormously grateful to our sponsors whose funding more than covered our expenses, ensuring that every penny raised at LEAP went directly to Horizons Unlimited, the food shelf at DIW.  

We are delighted to tell you that we raised nearly $60,000!   The upshot?  Horizons Unlimited will now be open four days a week, will be able to order another $1,000 of food each month, and can provide holiday baskets for more clients. 

We're already making plans for next year's benefit!  Save the date: February 26, 2018!  If you're interested in serving on our committee or volunteering at the event, or if you have an auction item you think we could use, please contact Ardie Medina at amedina@diw-mn.org  

Thank you!  Miigwech!  Pidamiyaye! See you at LEAP 2018! 

- The LEAP Fundraiser Committee


Bradley Greenwald


Join us February 27th for an evening of fundraising for DIW's Horizons Unlimited FoodShelf, including live performances from local talent such as Bradley Greenwald. 

Bradley has performed opera, theater, music-theater, cabaret, concert and recital repertoire with several Twin Cities’ arts organizations, including Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Jungle Theater, Children's Theatre Company, Theater Latté Da, Frank Theatre, Open Eye Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Nautilus Music-Theater, Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, VocalEssence, Minnesota Orchestra, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, A Prairie Home Companion, 10,000 Things, Skylark Opera and Ballet of the Dolls. He adapted the novel A Wrinkle in Time into a libretto for Libby Larsen's opera; and wrote the book and lyrics for C., an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, Robert Elhai, music.

Bradley is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in music, the McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists, and a 2006 Ivey Award.

Source: http://minnesotaplaylist.com/talent/bradley-greenwald