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Dreamstarter Grant Program

Riel LaPlant

in Olympia, WA (Blackfeet)

Mentor Org

The Evergreen State College Foundation


Olympia, WA



Riel’s dream is to partner teachers with local Native youth to construct a tipi and use it as a place to come together. His project will teach urban Native youth about the significance of Indigenous symbols, the environment, community, the healing properties of art and more, and encourage them to participate in the sacred tradition of storytelling. It will also teach non-Native teachers about Native culture and communities, to improve the experience for Native youth in the education system.

"By implementing this project in Olympia, we can fill a very pressing gap which exists for Native youth and the lack of accessible space to come together in healing and educating one another." -Riel

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