Our Approach

We Put Youth
First

Our focus on youth programs fosters change across age groups and entire communities.

American Indian-Led

Our leadership is committed to preserving the traditions, languages and sanctity of American Indian communities.

We Help Where Needed Most

Rather than coming into a community and announcing what we will do, we listen to what our partners tell us they need.

Billy Mills

Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota (Sioux) is Running Strong’s National Spokesperson. An Olympic gold medalist at the 1964 Olympics, Billy has dedicated his life to serving Native American communities.

Program Spotlight

Organic Food and Gardens 

Our organic gardens and food programs tackle malnutrition by providing healthy meals and fresh produce to Native American children and their families. We help to establish community gardens, household gardens, and communal greenhouse programs while also integrating educational and cultural aspects and how to plant traditional gardens.

Program Spotlight

Clean Water

When Running Strong for American Indian Youth® was formed in 1986, getting clean, safe drinking water to the residents of Pine Ridge was one of our top priorities. Previously, Running Strong satisfied this need by drilling water wells. However, the need for wells declined as the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System was created and water lines were laid providing access to water. This past year through Diné NaabehóTó (the Navajo People’s Water Challenge), Running Strong connected 13 households to water in these communities, providing 92 individuals with access to clean, running water.  

Dreamstarter

When Running Strong for American Indian Youth® was formed in 1986, getting clean, safe drinking water to the residents of Pine Ridge was one of our top priorities. Previously, Running Strong satisfied this need by drilling water wells. However, the need for wells declined as the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System was created and water lines were laid providing access to water.

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KamiJo Whiteclay is a proud member of the Apsáalooke/Crow Nation in Montana and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts. Her art is inspired by her community’s rich cultural heritage, intertwining Apsáalooke design and identity.

Through our Dreamstarter program, KamiJo will be running the Daasawuuá Kuulushbíoo (To Create Within the Heart) Project, focusing on uplifting Apsáalooke youth by encouraging creativity in the arts and inspiring fearless storytelling in the next generation.

𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬.

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KamiJo Whiteclay is a proud member of the Apsáalooke/Crow Nation in Montana and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts. Her art is inspired by her community’s rich cultural heritage, intertwining Apsáalooke design and identity.

Through our Dreamstarter program, KamiJo will be running the Daasawuuá Kuulushbíoo (To Create Within the Heart) Project, focusing on uplifting Apsáalooke youth by encouraging creativity in the arts and inspiring fearless storytelling in the next generation.

𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬.

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Jarrette Werk, an award-winning multimedia journalist, is a citizen of the Aaniiih and Nakoda Nations of the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Montana. He now works for Underscore News, a news outlet dedicated to amplifying Indigenous voices on a mass scale.

Thanks to our Dreamstarter program, Jarette and a team of Indigenous storytellers will produce a yearlong series of stories celebrating Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest through compelling written narratives and beautiful photography.

𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐮𝐩-𝐭𝐨-𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬. ❤️

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Jarrette Werk, an award-winning multimedia journalist, is a citizen of the Aaniiih and Nakoda Nations of the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Montana. He now works for Underscore News, a news outlet dedicated to amplifying Indigenous voices on a mass scale.

Thanks to our Dreamstarter program, Jarette and a team of Indigenous storytellers will produce a yearlong series of stories celebrating Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest through compelling written narratives and beautiful photography.

𝐉𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐮𝐩-𝐭𝐨-𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬. ❤️

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Jarrette Werk Congratulations!

Jacob Grignon, an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe, is a student, a photographer, and a musician who is passionate about passing on the stories of his Native elders.

Thanks to our Dreamstarter program, he'll be giving elders the opportunity to share their stories and giving Native youth moderated access to their lessons through relationship-building and interviews.

𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐲 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫!

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Jacob Grignon, an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe, is a student, a photographer, and a musician who is passionate about passing on the stories of his Native elders.

Thanks to our Dreamstarter program, hell be giving elders the opportunity to share their stories and giving Native youth moderated access to their lessons through relationship-building and interviews.

𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐲 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫!

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Each feminine hygiene kit contains tampons, maxi pads, soap, hand sanitizer, antiseptic wipes, and can offer a month's worth of comfort and assurance to a young woman and only costs $22 per kit.

With the generous support of our donors we can reach our goal of distributing 3,000 kits this summer to underserved native women and girls.

Help us end Period Poverty in Native Communities by making a donation today. -
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Each feminine hygiene kit contains tampons, maxi pads, soap, hand sanitizer, antiseptic wipes, and can offer a months worth of comfort and assurance to a young woman and only costs $22 per kit.

With the generous support of our donors we can reach our goal of distributing 3,000 kits this summer to underserved native women and girls.

Help us end Period Poverty in Native Communities by making a donation today. -
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Thank you for this! Please also consider offering more sustainable options such as reusable products that will last many months, or years. For instance, washable, reusable pads, period underwear, & menstruation cups. Some companies like SAALT have good deals and donate some, I believe.

Hannah-Rose Waller is a 23-year-old filmmaker from the Osage Indian Reservation in Hominy, OK and a graduate from NYU. Through our Dreamstarter program, she's creating a 30-minute short film, Pretty Hair Camp, about two young Osages who fall in love in the early 1980s against the backdrop of cultural decline and loss.

By telling this story, Hannah is telling the world that the modern lives of Osage people are rich in perspective and meaning and are shaped by their community and the generations that came before.

𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐮𝐩-𝐭𝐨-𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬.

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Hannah-Rose Waller is a 23-year-old filmmaker from the Osage Indian Reservation in Hominy, OK and a graduate from NYU. Through our Dreamstarter program, shes creating a 30-minute short film, Pretty Hair Camp, about two young Osages who fall in love in the early 1980s against the backdrop of cultural decline and loss.

By telling this story, Hannah is telling the world that the modern lives of Osage people are rich in perspective and meaning and are shaped by their community and the generations that came before.

𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐮𝐩-𝐭𝐨-𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬.

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Oh Hannah, I'm just so proud of you. You're doing absolutely wonderful things. The world is your oyster.

Congratulations Hannah!!

Congratulations Hannah!

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Dowawisnima Groves is a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore, artist, and dancer from Utah County. Growing up away from her tribal communities, Dowawisnima experiences first-hand the challenges of remaining connected to culture.

Thanks to our Dreamstarter program aimed at giving Native youth a voice, Dowawisnima is creating opportunities for youth to discover what it means to be Indigenous through a series of regalia making, beadwork, and music workshops.

𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐮𝐩-𝐭𝐨-𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲.

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Dowawisnima Groves is a sixteen-year-old high school sophomore, artist, and dancer from Utah County. Growing up away from her tribal communities, Dowawisnima experiences first-hand the challenges of remaining connected to culture.

Thanks to our Dreamstarter program aimed at giving Native youth a voice, Dowawisnima is creating opportunities for youth to discover what it means to be Indigenous through a series of regalia making, beadwork, and music workshops.

𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐬𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐮𝐩-𝐭𝐨-𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲.

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