Dreamstarter Kevin Belin teaches important Navajo life lessons with fun and games

2019 Running Strong for American Indian Youth Dreamstarter Kevin Belin (Navajo Nation), of Crownpoint, New Mexico, is realizing his dream “Hashké — Hozhó Design & Collaborative” by creating cultural materials and resources for the modern classroom, utilizing various approaches and…

Fall arrives on Pine Ridge along with food and medicine help from friends

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is sadly known as a “food desert” where fresh vegetables and fruits are scarce, and expensive when available, and even healthier processed foods such as canned vegetables can be difficult to find among the shelves…

Release: Billy Mills Calls for Native American Communities to Be Counted, Reinstate 2020 Census Deadline

Billy Mills Calls for Native American Communities to Be Counted, Reinstate 2020 Census Deadline Running Strong for American Indian Youth delivers 2,027 signatures to Senate leadership to reinstate Census deadline extension WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Olympic Gold Medalist and Running…

August E-News: Emergency food, water projects, and back to school!

Frozen food boxes reach Navajo amidst coronavirus spike This week, Navajo Nation health officials reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths. That brings the total number of Navajo residents infected to 9,519, and 6,996 have recovered.…

Thousands of Native Children Looking Forward to a Successful New School Year

This month marks the start of a new school year for thousands of Native children across Indian Country who are facing the uncertainty of whether their school buildings will be open for classes, or whether they will struggle to attend virtually with either spotty, or even non-existent internet access at home.

Billy Mills: “Native people will not be undercounted in the 2020 U.S. Census. The time is now!”

Dear Supporter of Running Strong for American Indian Youth®, With the knowledge that Native Americans have been traditionally severely undercounted in past decades in the U.S. Census due to a variety of reasons, in January (which today seems so long…

Sacred Healing Circle emergency housing repairs arrive in time on Pine Ridge

The Sacred Healing Circle (SHC) has been serving the Oglala Lakota Nation and other bands of the Oceti Sakowin (the Seven Council Fires, the proper name for the people commonly known as Sioux) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since…

Smart Sacks ensure hundreds of Menominee children don’t arrive at school hungry on Monday mornings 

When the Keshena Primary School opens in September, for the next 15 weeks thanks to the supporters of Running Strong for American Indian Youth, each Friday afternoon 450 Menominee children will be heading home with a Smart Sack.  They’re called…

Back to School across Indian Country with the supplies children need, thanks to the supporters of Running Strong

Former Running Strong Dreamstarter JoRee LaFrance, is a board member with the Bridge Foundation in Billings, Montana, which provides services and support to Apsáalooke and Northern Cheyenne students who received backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the supporters of…

Frozen protein boxes reach Navajo Nation amidst coronavirus spike

This week, Navajo Nation health officials reported 19 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths. That brings the total number of Navajo residents infected to 9,519, and 6,996 have recovered.  The Navajo Nation lifted its stay-at-home order last Sunday, but is encouraging residents to…

2019 Dreamstarter Joshua Smith encourages fellow youth to follow their dreams

2019 Running Strong for American Indian Youth Dreamstarter Joshua Smith (Osage) applied for his $10,000 Dreamstarter grant with a dream of entrepreneurship of opening his own coffee roaster company, Ekowah Coffee. In addition to providing high-quality, delicious coffee to companies…

Cheyenne River children learn their history through The Keya Foundation

Thanks to the supporters of Running Strong for American Indian Youth®, for the past two years we have been able to provide grant funding to our longtime partner, The Keya Foundation, for its Intergenerational Lakota History Children’s Book Project enabling…

Celebrating 30 years of Mni Wiconi and a pledge from Rotary International!

In recognition of the 30th Anniversary of the incorporation of Running Strong for American Indian Youth®, we are embarking on our Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) campaign with the goal of connecting households on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to…