Sponsors & Contributors

Please check out our marketing research on the benefits of supporting NAOTF programs.

Some of our Sponsors/Contributors have included:

President’s Healthier US Initiative, Rolex, eight years salary as NAOTF Executive Director Suzy Chaffee, Telluride Ski and Golf Company, Vail Associates, Aspen Skiing Company, Steamboat Ski Area, Purgatory Ski Area, American Skiing Company, Sunlight Ski Area, as well as 37 ski areas in 14 states (list available), Aspen’s St Regis Hotel, Christo, Telluride Resort Accommodations, Marie Adamo – legal, Jenny Russell – legal/501c3, Aspen Central Reservations, grocery stores and hotels of Telluride, Montrose, Aspen, Vail, and Rapid City, Arlene Friedman & Assoc and Judy Grant & Assoc – Accounting, Telluride’s TPP, Jim Selby/MacAspen Web Solutions, Debbie West – Webmasters, Carbondale’ Redrock Plaza Partners, Glenwood Springs Spa and Pools, BK Entertainment (Joe Valandra), Premier Properties (Michael Saftler), Olympic skier Franz Klammer and World Speed Skier Franz Webber, Christina Moorhart, ZeVan Corporation, Sue Miller, Arikara-Hidatsu Ed Hall Jr, Dr Jay Sanders, Joanie Klar, Lisa Tully, Christie Sports Chain, Town of Snowmass, Credit Suisse 1st Bank of Boston, Tom Backtell, Kiki Vandeweghe-Denver Nuggets, Peak Bank of Denver, Florian Halazon, James Hancock, Paulette Christianson, Akima Castaneda (Chumash Tribal Father of Earth Day), Red Lion Inn, Christie Sports Chain, Silver Circle Skating Rink, Aspen Arc Recreation Center, Aspen Center For Environmental Studies, Leah Stein, Ho-Chunk Michael Day, Mayan-Yaki Dr Roberto Villafana, Mary Pilar, Cary Thompson and the Aspen Ski Instructors, David and Connie Marlow, Sarah Pletts and the Living Arts Foundation, Aspen Mayors Bill Sterling and Helen Klanderud, Vice Mayor Terry Paulson, Richard Harris, Aspen Sheriff Bob Braudis, Bill Johnson & Elaine Rossi, Chip Comins and Cherokee David Bruce – NAOTF Documentary Team, 50 Lodges and Businesses of Aspen, coaching by members of the US Olympic Alumni Association like Abenaki Billy Kidd and Evander Holyfield, Greek Olympian Mike Voudouris, French Princess Caroline Murat, Prince Albert of Monaco, England’s Lord Moyne Guinness, the late Shoe Guinness, and the Guinness Family of Ireland (one of the most ancient tribes of Ireland)…

Humanitarian Donations in Kind by US Industries:

The SnowSports Industry, National Ski Area Operators of America, (100 ski areas want to Salute America’s First Caretakers in 2005, National Sporting Goods Manufacturers Assoc, Gifts In Kind (45 % of the Fortune 500 Companies), Yellow Freight and Fountain of Hope – Shipping, American Hiking Society Salute to America’s First Caretakers on Winter Trails Day, and National Trails Day, June 4th, 2005, )…


TEXACO STAR AWARD (Voted by US Olympic Skiers), Stuart Mott Foundation, NY Funding Exchange, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, Town of Telluride, San Juan County, Telluride Arts & Humanities, City of Aspen, Friends of the Montrose Ute Museum, Pitkin County, Dana Ivers Foundation (descendent of Colorado Governor Ben Eaton who removed the Utes, along with her beautiful apology in the documentary on behalf of the family), Bill Koch Foundation, Phil Jackson Foundation, Jack Chrysler Foundation, Jonas Weil Foundation, Petroglyph Oil Foundation, Aspen’s Caribou Club, Faraway Ranch Foundation, Jack Baxter Foundation, Denise Rich Foundation, Loey Ringquist Foundation, Timothy Marquand, Alex Kaufman Foundation, Mia Margolis Foundation, Ann and Vernon Taylor Foundation, John and Katherine Bucksbaum Foundation (US Ski Team Trustees), plus NUTIVA (.com, Sustainable Agriculture) and Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation – Greek Olympic Sponsors

Tribal Grants/Sponsorships:

Southern Utes, Ute Mt Utes, Northern Utes, Navajo Nation, Tex Hall and the Affiliated Tribes of N. Dakota, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla (Oregon/Washington & Wild Horse Casino), Utah Office of Indian Affairs (and Ski Utah) for the snow ceremony at Park City in 2001 to help ensure they had snow for the Olympics Test-it worked), Native American 2002 Foundation, National Indian Tourism Assoc (speaking on Olympic Tribal opportunities at Salt Lake), BIA (Hosted Chaffee addressing the National Indian Gaming Casinos on Olympic Ops), Cheyenne River Tribe and Buffalo Company, Iroquois Confederacy, Morongo Tribe of the California Mission Indians – Salt Lake Olympic Sponsors, plus Chairman Brian Wallace and the Washoe Tribe (around Lake Tahoe) and Paul Chavez and the Paiutes (near Mammoth Mt, CA)- Greek Olympic Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are my contributions Tax Deductible?

Yes. Through Kindred with Nature, Native American Society, DBA (doing business as) Native American Olympic Team Foundation, 23 Upper Ranch Rd, Aspen, Colorado 81611, 970-9225406, NAOTF is a Colorado Non-profit, with a 501C3, Tax deductible EIN no: #84-150 7336

What paperwork will I receive?

A copy of our 501C3 and a confirmation letter of your contribution.

Do we have a choice of where our donation or sponsorship monies go?

Yes. See goals for winter and summer program possibilities. A general donation will ensure that all this work may continue.

What kind of recognition shall my company or family receive?

While each event has its unique opportunities, especially given their historic value, in general, sponsors will receive recognition in all press releases, internet, TV, radio, and newspaper interviews if can be done gracefully, plus possible documentary inclusion, tasteful signage at events, sponsor name included in event name, merchandizing, scholarships, ads and commercials.

How are the contributions spent?

Contributions go toward accomplishing NAOTF’s mission with year around projects and programs, including event costs such as travel, lodging and meals for Native American performers, as well as educating ski areas, press… A modest percentage goes to administrative.

Who is on the NAOTF Team?

Ed Hall (Arikara Hidatsu)- Co-chairman, Suzy Chaffee-Co-chair, executive director, grant writer, members of the US Olympic Alumni Association, such as Billy Kidd, Evander Holyfield, Joanie Klar – Executive Board member, grants, Joe Valandra (Lakota)- CFO and lawyer, Debbie West- webmaster, Judy Grant & Assoc- Bookkeeper, Chip Comins, David Bruce – NAOTF Documentary, Connnie Marlow, Loey Ringquist- photographers, plus the Board, Chief Advisors, such as Prince Albert of Monaco, and Wisdom Keepers such as Woody Vaspra, President of the World Council of Elders, and Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons, Firekeeper of the Iroquois Confederacy…

Feedback From Sponsors:

“Rolex is sponsoring NAOTF because IT’S ABOUT TIME… we celebrated the gifts of Native Americans.”

–Chairman Roland Puton

“It’s phenomenal what you’ve accomplished! Thank you on behalf of our Council.”

–Aspen Mayor Rachel Richards

“Thank you for including us in your historic Ute Ski event. We’d love to do more with you.” (The reception following Aspen’s Ute Welcoming Home Millennial Ceremony inspired a Ute Fancy Dancer, Zuni White Buffalo Dancers and a flutist to do an encore performance at the hotel to the delight of guests.)

–Steve Miller, St Regis Hotel

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