Running Strong for American Indian Youth® 2016 Dreamstarter™ JoRee LaFrance is continuing her dream of using traditional storytelling and the arts to preserve the language and culture of her people.
This fall, she realized her dream of compiling a book “Apsáalooke Voices and Stories,” which was released on November 9th at an event held at the Crow Agency Public School in Montana. Students at the school wrote the book, and received their books either in Crow and/or English, a poster and T-shirt with their Crow name printed on it.
“The students definitely made this project worthwhile!” JoRee commented. “I hope all of the students and families enjoy their final product. Special thanks and appreciation to all of our collaborators, especially Running Strong for American Indian Youth®!”
Running Strong for American Indian Youth® 2015 Dreamstarter™ Noah Hotchkiss just keeps “Passing It On.” An article published in the November issue of Sports ‘N Spokes Magazine followed up on Noah, who
had been named it’s Junior Athlete of the Year in 2015 for showing Native American youth with disabilities a path to independence throw through his wheelchair basketball camps.
Today, Noah, 19, and a member of the Southern Ute, Southern Cheyenne and Caddo tribes, is a freshman on the wheelchair basketball team at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, one of the most celebrated college wheelchair basketball programs in the country.
Running Strong has continued to support to Noah in the operation of his wheelchair camps, as well as his effort this summer to bring four Native American youth to a wheelchair basketball camp held at the university!
To read the story about Noah, visit Sports 'N Spokes Magaine's webpage.