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We R Native

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We R Native is a multimedia health resource for Native teens and young adults, run by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. The site provides comprehensive health information and life advice, and encourages young people to get actively involved in their own health and wellbeing. The service was designed using behavior change theory and formative research, with extensive input by Native youth across the U.S.

The service includes a website, a text message service (text NATIVE to 24587), a YouTube channel, social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and print marketing materials. We R Native includes content on social, emotional, physical, sexual, spiritual health, the environment and AI/AN culture.

Notah Begay III Foundation | Native Strong

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The Notah Begay III Foundation's mission is to prevent type 2 diabetes and its leading cause, childhood obesity, through sports and health and wellness programs that are based on proven best practices. This holistic approach to programming and evaluation addresses Native Americans' nutrition, physical fitness, and community-building needs, with the goal of producing measurable, long-term change in the health of tribal communities. Created by Notah Begay III in 2005, the Notah Begay III Foundation was established as an answer to the overwhelming statistic one out of two Native American children born since 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Native American children are at a higher risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes than any other demographic of children.

Native Strong: Health Kids, Health Futures

The purpose of the Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Capacity Building Grant is to support:

  1. Community Health Assessments (new or ongoing): to better understand the root causes of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes which will result in strategies and an action plan to address this health issue; or
  2. Community Planning and Capacity Building: to create a community-driven action plan to address childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes (i.e. host stakeholder convenings, coalition building and collaboration efforts)

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Nike N7 Fund

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The Nike N7 Fund works to bring sports to American Indian and Aboriginal communities in the United States and Canada. N7 references the American Indian concept of the Seven Generations. In every decision consideration must be given to the impact of the seventh generation.

The N7 Fund began in the year 2000 with the idea of Sam McCracken to sell Nike products to American Indian tribes to support and promote health and disease prevention. Seven years after the American Indian division began, the Nike Air Native N7 footwear line was launched. All proceeds from Air Native N7 are used to support youth sport and physical activity programs in Native communities in North America. In 2009, the N7 collection became available for purchase outside of American Indian community centers and tribes.

Just Move It!

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Just Move It is a campaign to promote physical activity for Indigenous Peoples in North America. There are 72,356 participants from 433 partners participating in the campaign. Partners in Just Move It include tribal health clinics, institutes and community organizations that create programming and activities such as walks, hikes, runs, and even marathons for the children, adults, and elders of Indigenous Peoples' communities.

Wings of America

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The Wings of America organization works to enhance the quality of life for American Indian youth through running. The organization is based in Santa Fe, NM, and inspires area Native communities to embrace their history of athletic runners. Youth athletes that participate in Wings of America achieve a higher level of education, lower rates of drug use, arrests and unplanned pregnancies. A survey conducted in 2000 showed a 99% high school graduation rate, with 94% of participants going on to college.

The Wings' Junior National Cross Country Championship team competes in the USA National Cross Country Championships in February each year. The team is composed of high-school-aged student-athletes from across Indian Country and has captured more than 20 national titles since the first team in 1988.

Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)

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AAIP strives to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Natives. Its mission is, "to pursue excellence in Native American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing principles and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit".

The educational programs and activities that AAIP offers serve to encourage American Indian and Alaska Native students to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research. AAIP provides leadership in the national discussions and initiatives related to diabetes mellitus, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and methamphetamine use in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

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The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was founded in 1944 and is the oldest and largest organization serving the many interest of tribal governments and communities. NCAI has a special commitment to supporting and developing tribal youth who will become the future leaders of American Indian tribes and their communities.

NCAI has recently stressed the importance of youth development at a meeting with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and members of the Tulalip Tribe. The Boys and Girls Clubs serve over 85,000 Native youth in over 200 clubs in Indian country. Over the past 20 years the National Director of Native American Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of America has created programs including the Diabetes Prevention Program which empowers youth with tools to prevent type 2 diabetes through self-esteem and prevention activities.

National Indian Health Board (NIHB)

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The National Indian Health Board advocates for the improvement of health care delivery to American Indians and Alaska Natives. In May 2010, NIHB released a position paper outlining the effects of childhood obesity and what NIHB is doing to help improve health outcomes for Native youth. NIHB has worked with the United State Congress to develop legislation to address childhood obesity, including the introduction of House Resolution No. 996 which highlighted the American Indian childhood obesity epidemic.

In 2009, NIHB collaborated with the Indian Health Service to release a survey entitled Overweight/Obesity Programs in Indian Country Survey. The data collected from this survey provided an understanding of the services and demographics of obesity interventions. The survey was followed by a meeting entitled "Obesity Prevention and Strategies in Native Youth". This meet began the official discussion within NIHB regarding childhood obesity prevention.

Upcoming Event:
2014 NIHB Native Youth Health Summit
September 5-8, 2014
Taking place at Navajo Nation September 5-7 and end the evening of the 8th with the Native Youth Film Festival at the Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, New Mexico

United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY)

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United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) is a national network organization that promotes personal development, citizenship and leadership among American Indian youth. UNITY began in Oklahoma in 1976, and has grown to include over 140 youth councils in 35 States and Canada.

UNITY is attending the Nike N7 Day event at the Nike World Headquarters on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC)

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The IHS Director established the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) in 1998, after the successful Tribal consultation process helped determined the funding distribution process for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The TLDC makes recommendations to the IHS Director on diabetes policy and advocacy priorities. The circle of communication ensures that Tribal consultation occurs before IHS makes decisions regarding Tribal diabetes treatment and prevention efforts. Let's Move in Indian Country webinars are held monthly by TLDC to feature the SDPI grantees and youth and family health best practices among the 12 IHS service areas.

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY)

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Center for Native American Youth (CNAY), founded by former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan at the Aspen Institute, is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development, and advocacy. CNAY works to strengthen and create new connections as well as exchange resources and best practices that address the challenges facing Native youth. Visit the CNAY's website for a comprehensive list of resources available to young Native Americans, tribes and the general public. For more information about the Center for Native American Youth and its outreach in Indian Country please visit

T.R.A.I.L. Diabetes Prevention (T.R.A.I.L.)

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In 2003, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), IHS, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and Nike, Inc., initiated a prevention program aimed at reducing the onset of type 2 diabetes among Native youth. The program - On the T.R.A.I.L. (Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life) to Diabetes Prevention - is an innovative combination of physical, educational, and nutritional activities.

T.R.A.I.L. is a 12 chapter program that provides youth with a comprehensive understanding of healthy lifestyles in order to prevent type 2 diabetes. The program also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and community service. Participants apply decision-making and goal setting skills in the Physical Activity Challenges, and engage in service projects to improve healthy lifestyles in their communities. Community and family members participate in activities with the elementary-aged Club members. These motivate members to achieve their goals and promote physical activity. The Club sites are implementing the SPARK Physical Education and Nike Let Me Play programs to foster Club-wide participation in fun physical activities and games for 60 minutes every day.

T.R.A.I.L. is currently funded at 54 participating Club sites located in 18 states. Each of the Native Boys & Girls Club sites received the following to implement the T.R.A.I.L. program:

  • A grant to fund program operations, including a part-time staff person and program training for one year.
  • Evaluated program curriculum, training, and on-going technical assistance.
  • Access to the SPARK Afterschool Physical Activity Program.

2014 Community Events

2014 Native Strong Visiting and Learning Grantee Conference Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving

The primary goal of the two day conference was to bring together both cohorts of grantees (Capacity Building and Promising Program) as well as health experts and partners of the NB3 Foundation from across Indian country into a safe and trusting environment to collectively explore how to better utilize our communities' inherent knowledge, assets, and values to advance Native health.