“As with so many gatherings this year, the Native CDFI Awards ceremony at the OFN Conference was hosted in a virtual format. Every year a prayer is offered to open and bless the gathering. This year, Andy Lavendure, Elder and Chief Judge of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, offered that prayer.
Andy Lavendure shows us that even virtually we can share a space of gratitude and blessing. He offered the healing, peace, and hope we all need to fill our spirits to face another day. In this time of gratitude, we thought you all may like to take a moment and listen to the most beautiful prayer emanating from the Turtle Mountains; may it touch your heart as it did ours.”