Tiwahe Initiative

Tiwahe (ti-wah-hay) means family in Dakota. It symbolizes how we are connected to all living things and one’s personal responsibility is to protect family, community, and mother nature. There is no asset more precious to tribes than the health, safety, and well-being of its children, youth, and families.

The Tiwahe Initiative seeks to show the importance of service coordination between programs within tribal communities so that critical services more effectively and efficiently reach Native families.

The key objectives are to create a more effective and efficient coordinated service delivery model that includes improved screening, improved access to family and social services, create alternatives to incarceration through solution-focused sentencing options, improved links to appropriate prevention, intervention, and treatment opportunities, improved case management services, and finally improved overall partnerships between local, tribal, county, state, and federal providers to improve overall access to services for tribal children, youth, and families.

Spirit Lake Tribal Social Services – Tiwahe Initiative
PO Box 456
Fort Totten, ND 58335
Ph: 701-766-4736
Fax: 701-766-4753

Tiwahe Facebook Page


Carla Carmona - Program Manager
Margo Gourd - Case Manager
Michelle Ironheart - Case Manager


Newsletter April 2017

Dakota Values
Waohoda (Respect)    
Ohan Owotana (Honesty)
Woksape (Wisdom)    
Waokiyapi (Help)
Wawokiya (Generosity)    
Wichwahba (Humility)
Wowaditake (Courage & Fortitude)    
Waunsida (Compassion)