2016 Top Teams

AICAF would like to extend a special acknowledgement to our 2016 top fundraisers in the following categories:

Overall & Family Team – Team Rivera Honoring Alberto $2,604

Top Family and Top Fundraiser team, Team Rivera honoring Alberto, has represented their family every year for Powwow for Hope and this year raised a total of $2,604.00. Alberto Rivera is their cousin who recently joined our ancestors on Oct. 5, 2015 at the age of 43 from Colon Cancer. Team Rivera members included Ramona, Loretta, Joy, Michael, David, Stephen, Matilda, Enrica, Armando, Samson, Aisha, and another Michael. The team raised money by selling raffle tickets for homemade Pendleton rabbits, purses and pillows. The Team also received donations from family, friends and cancer supporters.The team also sells food and drinks each year some of their biggest sellers were corn soup and snow cones this year. Team Rivera truly wants to say Nya wey/Gracias to everyone who contributed to their team and supporting Powwow for Hope.

Community Team – DIW Two Steppers $2,200

The team from the Division of Indian Work (DIW) is comprised of staff along with family, friends and members of the youth programs with ages ranging from 5 years old to 65, and all take pride in being a part of the team. As in previous years with the Powwow for Hope, they wanted to continue their efforts to support their community and give young people the opportunity to volunteer and help others. Youth from the various programs made crafts for the event, including key chains and dream catchers to sell during the Powwow for Hope. For the past three years, DIW has raised over $7,000 to fight cancer, and every year the families involved look forwarrd to the Powwow to represent those in the community who have been affected by cancer.

School Team – American Indian Magnet School $1,855

The American Indian Magnet School (AIMS) in St. Paul raised total of $1,855 for this year’s Powwow and is the Top School Fundraising team. Both staff and students participated, and were especially creative with their fundraising techniques. Students raised money by posting video challenges to their Facebook page, specifically the “Chubby Bunny” challenge, and donated a certain amount to their AIMS team if they did not complete the challenges. The school also made their own beautiful arts and crafts to sell at the Powwow, and donated many items to the silent auction. We are very thankful and proud of the teachers and students for supporting AICAF and the fight against cancer!

Individual – Dr. Bret Benally Thompson $265
Team description coming soon.


2016 Powwow for Hope Team totals by category:

Community Teams
DIW Two Steppers $2,200
Too Legit to Quit $2,012
Bois Forte Wilderness $1,698
MAIC: Laura’s Warriors $1,347
Round & Brown Club “RBC” $425
FDL Commod Squad $103
Native American Community Clinic $95
American Indian Family Center $1

Family Teams
Team Rivera Honoring Alberto $2,604
Giiwaydinashiban $1,609
Gi Zah Gin Nokomis $1,163

School Teams
American Indian Magnet School – AIMS $1,855
Bdote Naamiwaad $1,267
Northland College Indigenous Cultures Center $222
U of M-TC Natives! $145

Individuals
Dr. Bret Benally Thompson $265
Knowledge Team $42
Val’s Dream Pillows $21

Volunteer teams
Twin Cities Native Lacrosse
Dream of Wild Health

Total raised by teams $17,073

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2015 Top Teams