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About Us

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® is one of the most effective and respected American Indian nonprofits in the nation. With the help of our donors and committed supporters, we create lasting change in the lives of American Indian people, especially Indian youth.

Not only do we address the physical needs of the American Indian people we serve, we also foster a sense of hope among people who want to make a better life for their families and create positive change in their communities.  We are committed to building the capacity of local Indian communities so that they are well equipped to respond to the challenges that they face.  Together, we address the important needs of food, shelter, youth initiatives, and culture and language preservation.  By supporting Indian-led programs, we remind youth that they are capable of creating their own future and to take pride in their identity.


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  • Mission & History

    Running Strong's mission is to help American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs – food, water, and shelter – while implementing and supporting programs designed to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem.

  • About Billy Mills

    Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota (Sioux), was raised on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. An Olympic gold medalist and Running Strong's National Spokesperson, he has dedicated his life to serving American Indian communities.

  • Staff & Board

    The Running Strong for American Indian Youth® Board of Directors is a supervising entity comprised of volunteer board members who perform the following functions in their respective governance roles. Learn about our Board of Directors and our dedicated staff.

  • Financials / Transparency

    Running Strong for American Indian Youth® is firmly committed to being a good steward of your generosity. It is very important to us that you stay informed of how your contribution is spent and of all new developments concerning our programs and the American Indian youth they support.

  • Publications

    Check out Running Strong's publications to learn more about our programs and development.

  • Employment Opportunities

    Thank you for your interest in joining the Running Strong for American Indian Youth team. Please see below for a current list of available positions and volunteer opportunities with us.

  • Accreditations

    A charity you can trust. American Indian Youth Running Strong is a proud member of:

  • Contact Us

    At Running Strong we truly value your feedback and encourage you to contact us with your questions, thoughts and concerns. This is your charity!

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