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“Without your language or your land, you are not who you say you are.” Loretta Afraid of Bear, Oglala Lakota
The month of February is a celebration of LOVE, and Running Strong for American Indian Youth® LOVES Native American culture!
Like any great love story, however, it’s not without its share of tragedy. Today, all over the United States, American Indian communities are overcoming historical boundaries to keep their traditional languages and cultures alive.
Luckily, thanks to supporters like you, we’ve been able to partner with groups across Indian Country that have culturally-based programs designed to educate the next generation of Native youth.
Here are just a few reasons why Native American culture is so important to us.
Culture is a home for community and purpose.
Native Cultures are a celebration of Native resiliency.
Native Cultures are the roots of modern life in America as we know it.
Learning about Native Cultures creates a healthier population for us all.
For so many of us, our heritage is one of the most defining characteristics of who we are, and Native Americans are no different.
For over 30 years, our programs have touched the lives of tribes living throughout the United States. From the Lakota people of North and South Dakota and the Yuchi tribe of Oklahoma to the Diné in Arizona and even Native Hawaiians, our mission to assist these distinct tribes comes from our love and respect for their people.