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NAOTF's 1st NATIVE SKI PROGRAM IN TELLURIDE

NAOT's Mission To create joyful unity through sports and education to help heal Mother Earth for our children, including through the Olympics. By inviting Native Americans back to their majestic ancestral mountains for skiing and honoring celebrations, the wisdom of Native Voices is again being heard clear and strong. Through creating a bridge between our co-existent but different cultures that have different values and priorities, we enrich each other, and create mutual respect and appreciation through skiing, cultural ceremonies, travel, and good times. High risk snow sports at ski resorts build health, self-esteem, leadership skills and bonding friendships, in addition to making educational, job and career opportunities more accessible outside the reservation.

2013 NATIONAL INTERVENTION TOUR TO EXTEND THE FUTURE OF SNOW 2013-circle"NAOTF has the best way to start a dialogue between our cultures I’ve seen. I hope that all the U.S. Ski Areas will reach out and participate in this exciting opportunity to invite their local tribes to ski in the Great American Outdoors - a chance to nurture future Native Olympians." --Bjorn Dahl, while Director of State and Private Forestry, Western Region, former President of Kirkwood Ski Area (Tahoe) working with Washoe Nation, and 8th Generation Norwegian Forester.

Top: Inuksuk (Inuit) Stone Man Symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. L-R Mariah Cooper  (Ojibwe-Oneida-FN Metis) as White Buffalo Calf Woman skier, Ross Anderson (Cheyenne) 2nd in Mondial Pro Speed Ski Championships, endangered Arctic Bears skating on thin ice, 6 yr old Delaney Tyon (Oglala Sioux) winning Nastar National Championships, Shirley & Sharon Firth (First Nations Gwichen), 4X Canadian Olympic XC Teams, Bottom L-R, Mariah as XC Olympic Hopeful blessing trail, Derek Howell (Pawnee) soaring eagledancer, Naomi Lang (Karuk) 2002 US Olympic Ice dancer's "Salute to Nature,"  Joe Tompkins (Alaskan Tlingit) 3X US Olympian, celebrating 2010 Downhill World Cup Paralympic victory with son Donald.
XC Olympic Hopeful Mariah Cooper (Ojibwe-Oneida) supporting Lil'wat Elder Ron Lester's Vancouver ceremony. The rain and fog turned into "rare bluebird days." Indian Youth Showcased at Vancouver Olympics Indian Gaming Magazine "Endangered Animals and Native Youth Showcased at Whistler" "Whistler Mt Spirit Celebration"

"GREAT!" -- Steve Binder, Emmy award-winning producer, director

MAGNIFICENT FILM I LOVE IT!!!! You captured the spirit and heart of the breathtaking world in white, mystical, pristine, evocative and pure, oh how we unite unto the eagle! Why I want to screen it at the next UN Indigenous life celebration. --Tish Lampert, UN photojournalist, media relations for UN Ecostat NGO.

I had no idea there are so many great Native American and First Nations Champions." -- Kim Chaffee, inventor of river power turbines that preserves fish and communities

Suzy and the Native Stars, Great Job!! Clear a place on your mantles for an Oscar! -- Billy Kidd

This is my favorite all time ski movie as it captures the Poetry! --Ginger Tindell, Vail skier, Puerto Vallarta Writers/Press Group

"Beautiful, inspiring, brilliant - a gift of love and transformation!" -- Connie Baxter Marlow, co-director of epic world Elders docu on nature of the universe: www.InSearchofTheFutureMovie.com

Recent News

  • UN Team Working to Restore Coral in Banderas Bay

    UN Team Working to Restore Coral in Banderas Bay

    Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - On August 30, an "unprecedented breakthrough" in restoring the rapidly disappearing coral from our warming oceans was confirmed at Puerto Vallarta's Technological Institute (IT) in Nayarit. It is thanks to the team of UN consultant Leonard Sonnenschein, president of the World Aquarium and its Conservation for the Oceans Foundation. Read More »
  • UN Zika Solution to Protect RIO Olympians and Children

    UN Zika Solution to Protect RIO Olympians and Children

    Following RIO’s “awesome” first Green Opening Ceremonies, here is a chance to be Olympic Heroes while helping protect Olympians and everyone, especially the brains of children, from the devastating Zika Mosquito Virus. Read More »
  • Good Luck Ashton Locklear! Lumbee Olympic Gymnastics Hopeful

    Good Luck Ashton Locklear! Lumbee Olympic Gymnastics Hopeful

    Ashton Locklear, 18, is one of America’s leading gymnasts. She won national and international titles in uneven bars in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/07/08/good-luck-ashton-locklear-lumbee-olympic-gymnastics-hopeful-165073 Read More »
  • Be an Olympic Hero: Support Conservation of Oceans

    Be an Olympic Hero: Support Conservation of Oceans

    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The greatest applause during the Olympic's "spectacular" Green Opening Ceremony in Rio was for regenerating Mother Earth and celebrating our beautiful diversity, from the Refugee Teams, to the female Arab Olympians, the "greatest gymnast ever" Simon Biles, and Brazil's City of God Olympians, to the strutting Gisele Bundschen. Rio's murky waters and Zika mosquito challenges are a preview of coming attractions unless as an Olympic Family, like the musicians and actors, we boldly mobilize to curb climate change. Their warmer waters, combined with their sewer challenges, which they could not fully afford to fix despite spending … Read More »
  • Aspen’s 2016 Native American Dances

    Aspen’s 2016 Native American Dances

    Aspen’s 2016 Native American Dances honoring Mother Earth and Her snowblessings, hosted by my 3 heroes (L-R) N. Ute Cultural Chairman Roland McCook, Deanne Kessler (French- Ute Foundation founder), and covered by Unity leader Connie Baxter Marlow. Read More »
  • Did an Oceandance Turn Puerto Vallarta’s Bay Turquoise?

    Did an Oceandance Turn Puerto Vallarta’s Bay Turquoise?

    People are buzzing how Puerto Vallarta’s Banderas Bay is a splendid turquoise, especially on sunny cloudless calm days. “This is the most turquoise I have seen in the bay in 15 years,” said iconic fisherman Phil Kerr. Could it be from the unprecedented friendly luminescent blue jellyfish that came here Read More »
  • Tribes of Americas Oceandance in Mexico in Gratitude for Paris and to Heal Oceans after 337 Whales Died

    Tribes of Americas Oceandance in Mexico in Gratitude for Paris and to Heal Oceans after 337 Whales Died

    On December 12, the Azteca, Cherokee and Apaches in Puerto Vallarta joyously led an oceandance on Los Muertos pier in gratitude for humanity’s Paris victories: 200 UN countries signing an accord toward saving Earth for the Children by limiting global warming to 2°C-3.6°F now, and shifting from fossils fuels to Read More »
  • Opinion: $3.4 Trillion ‘Divestments’ can get Ski Areas and Tribes Clean Energy to Extend Snow and Shorelines

    Opinion: $3.4 Trillion ‘Divestments’ can get Ski Areas and Tribes Clean Energy to Extend Snow and Shorelines

    Humanity owes a debt of gratitude to 350.org, founded by Bill McKibben, for helping organize unprecedented numbers of World Peoples Marches, including Pope Francis urging Catholics to join, to ensure world leaders agree on strong legally binding climate agreements at the UN’s 2015 Paris Climate Summit Nov 30-Dec 12. Paris’ 10,000 Shoe Protest, 15 yr old Xiuh Martinez’ “Million Student Walk Out,” and unprecedented world prayer power, including the Shift Network’s Invocation for the UN Conference on Climate Change, also showed who we are, and why we are poised to turn the tide in Paris. Read More »
  • Indigenous Elders And Medicine Peoples Council Statement United Nations Convention on Climate Change

    Indigenous Elders And Medicine Peoples Council Statement United Nations Convention on Climate Change

    COP21 Paris, France November 30, 2015 – December 11, 2015 This statement reflects the wisdom of the Spiritual People of the Earth, of the four directions, working in unity to restore peace, harmony and balance for our collective future and for all living beings. This statement is written in black and Read More »
  • 4 Emergency Ways to Extend Snow at Paris’ UN Climate Dec 1!

    4 Emergency Ways to Extend Snow at Paris’ UN Climate Dec 1!

    Native American Olympic Team Foundation  Australian Indigenous Alpine Sports Foundation 4 Emergency Ways to Extend Snow at Paris’ UN Climate Dec 1! Hola Snowlovers! I am alive and Vallarta is still standing, thanks to a miracle that you will see the Indigenous of the Americas helped guide.  It showed how Read More »
  • Opinion: How Is Puerto Vallarta Still Standing?

    Opinion: How Is Puerto Vallarta Still Standing?

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  • Opinion: Mexico Poised to Grow Healthiest Astronaut Food

    Opinion: Mexico Poised to Grow Healthiest Astronaut Food

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  • Global Celebrations of Solstice This June 21, 2015

    Global Celebrations of Solstice This June 21, 2015

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  • Mexico’s ‘UN Compassion Week’ Oceandance inspires Whale … Miracle!

    Mexico’s ‘UN Compassion Week’ Oceandance inspires Whale … Miracle!

    Another example of the power of gratitude prayers is Puerto Vallarta's Azteca-Cherokee led protection ceremony NAOTF organized after the death of a whale: See promo of documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaaby0o5-CI&feature=youtu.be The Prestigious Guadalajara U is planning on studying this phenomena that purifies the oceans, fortified by the snowdance phenomena in the US. Read More »
  • 1968: THE YEAR THAT ROCKED COLORADO & THE WORLD

    1968: THE YEAR THAT ROCKED COLORADO & THE WORLD

    March 31, 2015 - AAA Magazine honors Olympic silver medalist Billy Kidd (Abenaki) for founding the Winter Special Olympics, Wounded Warriors and N. UTE SKI PROGRAMS at Steamboat. Read More »
  • Hail to Cal & U.S. Snowdance Pioneers

    Hail to Cal & U.S. Snowdance Pioneers

    Hail to Cal & U.S. Snowdance Pioneers,Reno's Eagle Wing Pageant Dancers, descendents of the Washoe-Paiute-Shoshone dancers who saved the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. After being honored for it by the Tahoe Olympians and community in 2012, they then also magnanimously led a snowdance that ended that catastrophic drought with 5 ft of snow. Read More »
  • IMAGINE: Earthrising in 2015 Through Love Songs!

    IMAGINE: Earthrising in 2015 Through Love Songs!

    EARTHRISING is a Series on How we can lift each other up higher and higher through harnessing our Imagination, Ancient Tribal Wisdom, Green Technology & Heart Healing Outreaches and Love Songs. Britain’s beloved Beatle John Lennon wisely wrote the powerful song, “Imagine.” What we imagine, visualize or dream, we manifest. That can be applied to healing Earth, and is even stronger when we collectively and multi-culturally give love and appreciation to Mother Earth’s heart, said a Mayan leader. As a result of some coincidences on New Year’s, my imagination went wild of how we can easily, blissfully, passionately inspire a … Read More »
  • Hip-Hop Environmental Activism: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez at TEDxYouth@MileHigh

    Hip-Hop Environmental Activism: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez at TEDxYouth@MileHigh

    TED features 14 year old World Youth leader of Earthguardians.org in 100 countries, Colorado’s Xiuhtezcatl (Shoe) Martinez and his little brother Itzacatl, my godsons, who have been empowering and raising the voices of fellow climate solutionaries via GenerationRYSE.org. See also their Earthrapping, the finale of RIO+20’s Earth Concert, on TED. Read More »
  • Oregon’s Mt Ashland Opens

    Oregon’s Mt Ashland Opens

    Oregon's Mt Ashland Opens after "Snow Ceremony"for the first time after a year from the West Coast drought. Read More »
  • Mercury in Fillings: Hidden Danger in Our Own Mouths

    Mercury in Fillings: Hidden Danger in Our Own Mouths

    My fellow Rutland Vermont skier, Senator Jim Jeffords, passed on at age 80 in August, but his contributions live on. While chairman of the Environmental Committee, partnered with his confidant Jeff Munger (Iroquois) and seven other Native leaders, we helped reduce U.S. dental mercury by 48 percent. In 2013 this helped inspire 105 nations to sign a Global Mercury Treaty “to protect the environment by agreeing to phase down dental amalgam.” Read More »
  • Thanks for Your Sochi Prayers that Helped Joy Win!

    Thanks for Your Sochi Prayers that Helped Joy Win!

    As an Olympic skier, I want to thank all those who prayed for the joy and safety of everyone at Russia’s surprisingly “awesome” games. Joining with the Olympic families, were Christian Scientists, Native Americans, Aetherius Society, Monks of Moscow and so many more to help preserve this greatest force for Peace, Understanding, Healing, and Unity for over 1,000 years in Ancient times, and 100 years in Modern times. Read More »
  • Sipapu’s NM-AZ Native Program Helping Heal America

    Sipapu’s NM-AZ Native Program Helping Heal America

    To further help heal and unite America, on February 26, New Mexico’s Sipapu ski area announced that it is joining Pajarito Mt and Ski Santa Fe in offering landmark affordable skiing and snowboarding opportunities to the tribes of New Mexico and Arizona. Read More »
  • Could World Prayer Help Protect Sochi Olympics?

    Could World Prayer Help Protect Sochi Olympics?

    The Olympics has been the greatest force for Peace, Understanding, Healing, and Unity for over 1000 years in Ancient times and 100 years in Modern times. Given that Olympic heroes have inspired countless youth to be happily healthy, productive, brilliant and generous, we hope you will take a moment to join this world prayer for “The Joy and Safety of the Sochi Olympics,” heartened by how it has worked for the last five Olympics. Read More »
  • Pajarito Mountains New Mexico-Arizona Tribal Ski Outreach Helping Heal America

    Pajarito Mountains New Mexico-Arizona Tribal Ski Outreach Helping Heal America

    On January 4, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, nestled near New Mexico’s Bandelier Canyon Cliff Dwellings going back 11,000 years, magnanimously launched an unprecedented snowsports outreach for the tribal youth of New Mexico and Arizona. It was thanks so much to ski instructor David Vosburgh, also director of the Native Nations Sports Ambassadors program, working with our Native American Olympic Team Foundation (NAOTF.org), and local tribal leaders. Read More »
  • Santa Fe Ski Area Gallantly Safety-nets Pajarito’s NM-AZ Native Ski Program

    Santa Fe Ski Area Gallantly Safety-nets Pajarito’s NM-AZ Native Ski Program

    After launching in early January the most generous Native snowsports outreach in history, inviting tribal youth of New Mexico and Arizona to ski in their Los Alamos Mountain, Pajarito Mt temporarily had to close for lack of enough snow. So Santa Fe Ski Area’s GM Benny Abruzzo heroically agreed to provide Pajarito and these tribal youth a safety net on January 24, 2014. Read More »

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Featured Articles

Dr Masaru Emoto (center) sharing his “key of life” crystal research at a seminar in Big Bear Lake (S.CA) with Suzy Chaffee (Olympic skier), Gina Weiss (host), and Blue Thunder (Serrano/E.Shosht: Christie Walker one) leader of the Medicine Wheel Ceremony that saved the community. Photo credit: Christie Walker

 


Friendship Circle Dance at Aspen’s historic celebration. Tex

Hall, former President
of the National Congress of American Indians, NAOTF co-chair 2000-2001,
Chairman of the Affiliated Tribes of N.D., tried out for the Denver
Nugzgets.

Joanie Klar, honored by Chaffee for winning UN Eco Award, with a Amazon headdress by
Fulni O Tribe.


Suzy with Hawaiian Princess Gya Watson, and NAOTF Team – Washoe Chairman.Brian Wallace (NAOTF co-chair 2002-2003), Walapie Camille Gordon (Southwest ski organizer) and Scott Halazon (Advisory Board).
What a surprise as I thought Americans and Canadians lost completely their links with the ancient roots, knowledge and traditions of the original inhabitants, so thanks for sharing and all your efforts. --Eduardo de la Barrera, Latin American

NAOTF’s inspiring work is helping bring racial harmony to America.”       -- President Bill Clinton

“As co-founder and Vice Chair of the U.S. House of Representative’s Native American Caucus (60 members), congratulations on your Native American Millennial Ski events. It’s heartening to know that there are groups like yours across America that are working to better the lives of their Indian friends and neighbors."     --Patrick Kennedy, Member of Congress 

"Congratulations on all the efforts of Native American Olympic Team Foundation. All of us at Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation hope that the success of our "Future Ute Olympians Program" (taught by Billy's Olympic coaches) will stimulate other resorts and towns to host Native American youth for ski and snowboarding experiences. If we may be of further help in spreading the word, please let us know." --Chris Diamond, President, and Billy Kidd, Director of Skiing