Miss Indian World, Ke Aloha Alo, meeting with Shahbaz Behnam,

Miss Indian World, Ke Aloha Alo, meeting with Shahbaz Behnam, IOC Eco leader, at Lausanne headquarters following Gstaad. The French-speaking Indian snowboarder (now in law school) asked the IOC for funding to actually fulfill its eco initiative that recommends that we include Indigenous People in the Olympics to enhance their sustainability. On arriving, Ke Aloha quibbed to Chaffee, “IOC, that must mean the ‘Indigenous Olympic Committee!’”

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