Wood Krueger Initiatives, LLC

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Wood Krueger Initiatives, LLC
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
January 2021
End Date
June 2022
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

My proposed project is to create the Urban Native Plant Guide. This set of laminated cards will be a user friendly, portable guide to some of the native plants present in the Minneapolis-St. Paul community. The guide will be created through collaboration and insight from local Native elders and will include traditional uses of the plants, along with their names in Anishinaabe, Dakota, and Lakota where available.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Shirley Sneve (St. Paul, MN) – Shirley was Director of the Tiwahe Foundation and works in the arts and humanities largely focusing on American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. She is Lakota.

Travis Zimmerman (Mille Lacs, MN) – Travis works at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and has worked with MHC in a variety of programs, including as a panelist for the Veterans Voices Awards. He is Ojibwe.

Cheyanne St. John (Morton, MN) – Cheyanne works in the Tribal Historical Preservation Office for the Lower Sioux Indian Reservation.  She is Dakota.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center



Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Humanities Center must operate a competitive grants program to provide grants to programs that preserve and honor the cultural heritage of Minnesota or that provide education and student outreach on cultural diversity or to programs that empower communities to build their identity and culture. Priority must be given to grants for individuals and organizations working to create, celebrate, and teach indigenous arts and cultural activities and arts organizations and programs preserving, sharing, and educating on the arts and cultural heritage of immigrant communities in Minnesota.

2021 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  1. During the award period, provide 60 people with a 2 hour learning opportunity that teaches about indigenous plant knowledge relevant to the local area.
  2. Documenting the number of newsletter sign-ups and requests for volunteer opportunities. (Marketing of the guide and the learning opportunities will be widespread. Upon signing up for activities, participants will be sharing their contact information with organizers which will be shared with partner organizations to increase their support networks. Furthermore, representatives from these partner organizations, as hosts, will introduce their work to all participants. *In a non-COVID world, participants would be able to visit the partner organizations for a face-to-face tour and build a relationship firsthand.)
  3. Disseminate 150 copies of the Urban Native Plant Guide to the general public.
Measurable Outcome(s)

In progress

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987 Ivy Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106

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