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January News from Running Strong for American Indian Youth® Heat Match, Brave Heart Society, eStore, and more

Heat Match Keeps Thousands Warm During Brutal Winter on Pine Ridge Reservation!

We are once again running our Heat Match program on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This program matches a family's contribution dollar for dollar up to $100, so they can raise the $175 minimum necessary to have a truck come to their home and fill up their propane tank.

In a period of less than 10 days, 640 families benefited from the program which runs through mid-March. We are well on our way to exceeding the 1000 families we served last year. Now children, parents, and elders are able to stay warm even on the coldest days of this year’s brutal winter.

Brave Heart Society Constructs Lodge to Conduct Programs Thanks to Running Strong Supporters.

Since 1994, Running Strong has partnered with the Brave Heart Society on the Yankton Reservation in South Dakota. Brave Heart is a revived traditional society with a focus on grassroots cultural foundations. A national leader in the revival of Coming Age Ceremonies for adolescent women and men, 131 Brave Heart girls have gone through this rite of passage that is so important for healthy girl development. Brave Heart hosted its 19th Coming of Age in July 2017.

Thanks to Running Strong, the Society now has a large multi-purpose Lodge in Lake Andes, SD with 3 lots with flower and box gardens to promote food sovereignty on site. The Lodge is a center of activity, including language nests, trauma influenced care and healing, women’s viewpoints on sacred sites, and a four-week “regalia making” session to make Pow Wow and ceremonial outfits that many local families cannot afford to make.

Meet the 2018 Dreamstarter Teachers!

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Dreamstarter Teachers. These nine teachers are a phenomenal group of inspiring educators who are working towards bettering the lives of their Native students.

Among them are:

Rolinda Want (Round Valley Elementary & High School, Covelo, CA). Rolinda plans to bring in four Round Valley community members to speak to her students about traditional activities like acorn making, basket making, and traditional plant use. This will help her classes reconnect with their local cultural knowledge and develop pride in their culture.

Celestine Stadnick (Lakota Waldorf School, Kyle, SD). Celestine will develop an art curriculum that will allow students to learn various methods of painting and drawing, work with high quality tools, and learn about traditional art forms of Indigenous people

Running Strong Receives Gardening Grant from Newman’s Own Foundation

We are pleased to announce that the Newman’s Own Foundation recently awarded us a $100,000 grant. Newman's Own Foundation is the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. This two-year grant will support the operation of the Medicine Root Gardening Program on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The grant from Newman’s Own Foundation will provide critical funding to support the gardening program to increase the availability of fresh, healthy, locally-produced vegetables and fruits grown on Pine Ridge, and support the position of a full-time master gardener who will lead a total of 30 classes.

Support Running Strong this Valentine's Day!

Our jewelry and accessories collection contains unique items handcrafted by Native artisans. In the store, you can find items made from silver, turquoise, and intricate beading. Please consider supporting Running Strong this Valentine's Day by visiting the store.

Join the Running Strong Tour!

The 29th Annual Running Strong Tour will take place September 9-15, 2018! Registration will be available soon. Register by June 30 to receive a 10% Early Bird Discount! Running Strong’s Annual Reservations Tour allows you to see first-hand the programs that you make possible.

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