August 20, 2021 | News You Can Use!

This Friday, catch up on some of the stories we’re following from Indian Country. The first local level results of the 2020 Census are in, leading to redistricting questions for Native populations; the Colorado governor strikes down a 157-year-old proclamation targeting Indigenous peoples; a historic cave in Missouri with more than 200 proto-paintings from early […]

Road To Tokyo: The Final Chapter

Patricia and I talked late into the night. Our main topic was to avoid becoming a casualty to what we called ‘post-athletic adjustment’. However, we both knew it was not going to happen to us. Why? Because we have too many fantastic opportunities awaiting us. To name a few, Patricia’s career as an artist, me […]

August 13, 2021 | News You Can Use, From All Over Indian Country!

Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s News You Can Use! The first local level results of the 2020 Census are in and the data shows promising news for Native communities; progress on the proposed $1 trillion infrastructure bill includes billions of dollars of support for Indian Country; states move to include more Native American […]

In small Hawi, Hawaii, two Dreamstarters team up to put on a summer day camp

While the COVID-19 continued to force most of our partners who operate summer camps for Native American children and youth to put their programs on hiatus for a second year, a couple have been able to soldier on in a safe and responsible manner. In the small community of Hawi on the Big Island of […]

Release: The Oyate Teca Project Breaks Ground on Oyate Ta Kola Ku Community Center

Running Strong for American Indian Youth to support 21,000 ft2 structure on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation KYLE, SD – On Tuesday, August 10, the Oyate Teca Project and Running Strong for American Indian Youth officially broke ground for the Oyate Ta Kola Ku Community Center after receiving the appropriate ground blessings from community members. The […]

Dreamstarter® Dawn Marie helps her students succeed with StudyStrong kits

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® 2020 Dreamstarter Dawn Marie Johnson (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), is a Career & Technical Education teacher and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Joe Foss High School at Axtell Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As a Dreamstarter, Dawn’s dream is to create health and well-being kits for students in the […]

August 6, 2021 | News You Can Use!

The Red Road to DC totem pole journey across the nation reaches its destination at the US Capitol and is received with remarks by Secretary of the Interior Deb Halaand; the only Native Hawaiian surfer wins gold at the Tokyo Olympics; Billy Mills joins Indian Country Today for a recap of his historic race; and […]

August brings a need for school supplies across the country

This month, Running Strong for American Indian Youth® is shipping out close to 5,000 “Study Strong” backpacks filled with all the school supplies Native American elementary and junior high school students will need to get off to great new school year, hopefully back again in their classrooms as COVID-19 restrictions become more relaxed since the […]

Road to Tokyo: Post-Olympics Competing in Finland, Norway, Russia, and Germany

The global track and field enthusiasts have been treated to an incredible June and July track season featuring unbelievable races from the one mile to the 10,000 meters. On June 9, 1965, Michel Jazy from France set a new one mile world record. Five days later, he set two more world records, the 3,000 meters […]

Billy Mills and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics | News You Can Use!

The XXXII Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremonies are tonight, and to celebrate we’ve compiled Billy’s most recent interviews and profiles reflecting on his historic win at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics 57 years ago. Catch up with one of the most thrilling stories in Olympics track and field history, sit back, and let the Games begin! [visual-link-preview […]

July 16, 2021 | News You Can Use, from Indian Country!

Happy Friday and welcome to this week’s News You Can Use! Check out our online and physical store Intertribal Creativesas covered by, read about the first MMIW office opening in Minnesota, Chief Standing Bear’s tomahawk is returned from Harvard, and more in this week’s NYCU. [visual-link-preview encoded=”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”] [visual-link-preview encoded=”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”] [visual-link-preview encoded=”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”] [visual-link-preview encoded=”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”] [visual-link-preview […]

Road To Tokyo: After Tokyo, The Competition Continues to Heat Up

The day is Friday, June 25, 1965, and I am at the five mile mark of my fast paced, hilly ten mile run over Camp Pendleton’s engineering roads and trails. Approaching a very steep hill of about 50 yards, where I usually sprint to the top, my senses are alert! Once again, I see it! […]

After 25 Years, Veteran Bill Finally Gets Running Water To His Pine Ridge Home

At Running Strong for American Indian Youth® we have been providing water to Native American families on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for more than 30 years – ever since we heard from Oglala Sioux Tribal Chief Joe American Horse that access to water was his people’s most pressing need. First, we delivered it by […]

June 2021 E-News: Food Sovereignty, Summer Youth Feeding Program, and more!

Food sovereignty solves long-existing food insecurity issues on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Today, many places throughout Indian Country, particularly on reservations such as the Pine Ridge Indian and Cheyenne River Sioux Indian reservations, are known as “food deserts” where access to fresh vegetables, fruit and other nutritious foods is extremely limited — and expensive and […]

With Breakfast and Lunch, Cheyenne River youth stay full throughout the summer

Right now, through August 6, hundreds of children are receiving free “grab-‘n-go” breakfasts and lunches at three locations scattered out on the vast and remote Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota through our Summer Youth Feeding Program. Thanks to the supporters of Running Strong for American Indian Youth®, for 53 weekdays between the […]

June 18, 2021 | News You Can Use from Indian Country!

In this week’s News You Can Use, read about the first female chief of Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller, receiving the honor of appearing on a U.S. quarter; learn about the comics of Marty Two Bulls (Oglala Lakota), 2021 Pulitzer Prize Editorial Cartoonist finalist; review the First Nations Development Institute’s #NativeReads recommending reading list; and more, […]

Running Strong gives support to families living in “food deserts”

For countless generations the Indigenous people of what is today the United States relied on the bounty of the land for food which was both plentiful and healthy. But that was before the Europeans came, took their land, killed their buffalo by the millions and relocated them to reservations. Today, many places throughout Indian Country, […]

June 11, 2021 | News You Can Use!

Welcome to the June 11 edition of Running Strong’s News You Can Use! This week’s top stories include a celebration of Indigenous Pride, an update on the fight against Canadian oil pipeline Line 3, the history of our partner Oyate Teca Project’s hometown name of “Kyle”, and more! [visual-link-preview encoded=”eyJ0eXBlIjoiZXh0ZXJuYWwiLCJwb3N0IjowLCJwb3N0X2xhYmVsIjoiIiwidXJsIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9pbmRpYW5jb3VudHJ5dG9kYXkuY29tL25ld3NjYXN0cy8wNi0wOC0yMS1hc2lhLWJyb3duIiwiaW1hZ2VfaWQiOi0xLCJpbWFnZV91cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2luZGlhbmNvdW50cnl0b2RheS5jb20vLmltYWdlL3Rfc2hhcmUvTVRneE5Ua3pOamcxTWpjd05EY3lNamt4L2xnYnRxLXJpZ2h0cy5qcGciLCJ0aXRsZSI6IlR3by1zcGlyaXQgcHJpZGUgc3RvcmllcyIsInN1bW1hcnkiOiJNYW55IE5hdGl2ZSBMR0JUUSB5b3V0aCBhcmUgc2l0dGluZyBpbiBjbGFzc3Jvb21zIHdoZXJlIHRoZWlyIHRlYWNoZXJzIGFuZCB0ZXh0Ym9va3MgZmFpbCB0byBhcHByb3ByaWF0ZWx5IGFkZHJlc3MgdGhlaXIgaWRlbnRpdGllcywgYmVoYXZpb3JzIGFuZCBleHBlcmllbmNlcy4iLCJ0ZW1wbGF0ZSI6InVzZV9kZWZhdWx0X2Zyb21fc2V0dGluZ3MifQ==”] [visual-link-preview encoded=”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”] [visual-link-preview encoded=”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”] [visual-link-preview […]

2020 Dreamstarter® Tia Yazzie uses grant to create Salt Lake City youth support group

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® 2020 Dreamstarter® Tia Yazzie (Navajo Nation) is realizing her dream to create a mental and behavioral health support group for Native youth in her community in Salt Lake City, Utah. Through the creation of her Native Youth Support Group (NYSG), the 24-year-old is creating a safe environment while also […]

Running Strong and Food Sovereignty: Organic Home Gardens, Summer Youth Feeding Program, Smart Sacks, and more

At Running Strong for American Indian Youth® alleviating food insecurity throughout Indian Country, particularly on reservations such as the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Sioux Indian reservations, is among our primary missions. That includes supporting gardening programs, such as the Oyate Teca Project’s Medicine Root Gardening program and the Slim Buttes Agricultural Development program, both […]

In Honor of Memorial Day, Looking Back at Two Veterans’ Water Connections

At Running Strong for American Indian Youth® veterans, especially Native American veterans who serve in the military in higher rates of any ethnic group, have a special place in our hearts. That’s why it is particularly gratifying when we can provide veterans on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with our most precious resource — clean […]

Carlos, Family of Six, Gets Water Connection After Seven Dry Years

Carlos lives in the Kyle area of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with his wife and their four children, ages 7, 6, 3 and a 5-month old infant. For seven years, the young family could not use the indoor plumbing inside their mobile home to wash dishes in their kitchen sink, bathe in their bathroom, […]

May 21, 2021 | News You Can Use!

Welcome to the May 21, 2021, News You Can Use! This week, catch up in the latest Native representation in popular culture with Vogue Mexico’s Alaska Native covergirl, Quannah Chasinghorse; Teton Saltes’s journey from rez basketball player to New York Jets’ offensive linesman; and Indigen-ized updates to the classic computer game Oregon Trail. [visual-link-preview encoded=”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”] […]