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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

  • 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 »
  • Mayor Bloomberg and Mex President Pena Nieto Help N. Americans Win Battle of the Bulge

    Mayor Bloomberg and Mex President Pena Nieto Help N. Americans Win Battle of the Bulge

    After Mexico became No. 1 in obesity and diabetes in June, their new President Pena Nieto surprisingly recommended as a solution the no-carb herbal sweetener stevia discovered by the South American tribes. And while soda lovers criticized Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign to reduce the size of sodas, most fit Americans and Mexicans cheered on their bold interventions.---eNewsChannels - ran inUSA Today Read More »
  • What Would President Jefferson Say this 4th of July?

    What Would President Jefferson Say this 4th of July?

    On this 4th of July, wouldn’t it be a dream come true for the U.S. and many World Citizens if President Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of independence and Bill of Rights, came back at this pivotal time to coach us on getting our Grand Experiment in Democracy back on course? Read More »
  • How ‘The People’ Can Beat Iranian-American Peace Drums

    How ‘The People’ Can Beat Iranian-American Peace Drums

    This May or June, we have another priceless opportunity to beat the drums of peace and friendship when our countries need it most, by hosting some Iranian female skiers who have followed, including 24-year-old Olympic racer Marjan Kalhor, at California’s Mammoth Mountain. Read more... Photo: Suzy skiing with Iran's Queen on goodwill mission with Olympian Billy Kidd (Abenaki) Read More »
  • Suzy Chaffee Explains National Snow Gratitude Ceremonies

    Suzy Chaffee Explains National Snow Gratitude Ceremonies

    Southern Ute Indian royalty, Little Miss Southern Ute Alternate, Yllana Chanelle Howe, 7, right center, Junior Miss Southern Ute, Izabella "Oewichichi" Howe, 10, center, and their mother, Marquetta Howe, left, help lead the crowd in a Southern Ute snow dance Saturday at the base of the Vista bahn chair lift in Vail Village. Yllana's Ute name is "Nanacivchi" meaning butterfly while Izabella's Ute name is "Oewichichi" meaning Yellow Bird. Read More »
  • Could National ‘Snow Gratitude’ Ceremonies Extend Future of SnowSports?

    Could National ‘Snow Gratitude’ Ceremonies Extend Future of SnowSports?

    The National Ski Areas Association’s NRDC study said that Colorado and Utah would be losing its snow by the end of the century unless there is an intervention – the East likely earlier. Fortunately, a consensus of the UN’s 192 countries in 2012 identified the key to regenerating Earth: a combination of science/green energy and Ancient Wisdom, especially through the tribes. Read More »
  • Skiing Senator Lautenberg’s dying wish to save Generations and Snow thru his Chemical Safety Act!

    Skiing Senator Lautenberg’s dying wish to save Generations and Snow thru his Chemical Safety Act!

    New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg(D), a phenomenal champion of American Children and Nature, passed on last week at 89. At his NY funeral he was deeply honored by half the Senate on both sides of the aisle, plus NJ Governor Chris Christie (R), Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden for hiss passion and foresight in saving millions of Americans through his No Smoking law, raising the drinking age to 21, and fighting for women’s rights and gun control. Here is why Congress should make his honoring mean something by signing into law the most important Act of his life, the … Read More »
  • Kids Urge Ban on Trashing Space to Save Dads and Forests

    Kids Urge Ban on Trashing Space to Save Dads and Forests

    For the last two hundred million years up until 1970, our ‘home’ looked like this beautiful blue planet from Apollo 17 with three satellites orbiting it. Today, earth is shrouded with about 1,100 satellites, most for cell phone companies, and a half a million pieces of trashed ones, and most dangerous of all, some dumped nuclear waste. Together they are blocking the critical sunlight that Man and Nature need to happily thrive. Read More »
  • How A Healthier Diet Can Reduce School Violence and Shootings

    How A Healthier Diet Can Reduce School Violence and Shootings

    In a recent op-ed, Suzy Chaffee, 1968 ski racing Olympian and co-founder of the Native American Olympic Team Foundation, suggests holistic approaches to reduce gun violence Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+Share on LinkedinShare on Pinterest Read More »
  • How Moms Can Help Reduce Women and Children’s Violence by 50 Percent

    How Moms Can Help Reduce Women and Children’s Violence by 50 Percent

    What if we had the power to reduce the roots of violence by 50% – including one in three women raped world-wide – through a simple diet shift and planting fruit trees in schools? Thanks to UN’s One Billion Rising, women joined with enlightened men, world leaders and stars, like Ann Hathaway and Jane Fonda, together joyfully stood up for females as never before, creating and enforcing laws, sharing solutions, and dancing into a New Era this Valentine’s Day. Read More »
  • Could Stevia have spared the deaths of Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse?

    Could Stevia have spared the deaths of Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse?

    People around the world have recently mourned the passing of Whitney, Amy Winehouse, and First Lady Betty Ford, exemplified by the touching New Years Tributes and Grammy Salute to Whitney. With the help of doctors Drew, Phil and Gupte these (celestial) shooting stars left us with priceless lessons to prevent or recover from alcoholism. And I believe they are happy to see that their passing is uncovering solutions that could save millions of children and their families from heartache Read More »
  • How the spirit of the Mt. helped create the most stunning resort of Mexico!

    How the spirit of the Mt. helped create the most stunning resort of Mexico!

  • International Solutions to U.S. School Shootings

    International Solutions to U.S. School Shootings

    Some good must come of this,” has been the cry after one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Little has been done after a decade of school massacres. “We have 15 times more gun violence than any other country, and we must learn from them,” said CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. Therefore, I believe we need a holistic approach that includes the best solutions from other countries Read More »
  • Skiing Into the Future – The Next 50 Years

    Skiing Into the Future – The Next 50 Years

    From Antarctica to Iran to New Zealand, Billy Kidd has literally skied the world. Since 1970, the Olympic silver medalist and world champion racer has not only been Steamboat’s director of skiing, he has been America’s premier spokesman on behalf of his sport. With his vast experience, he is uniquely positioned to consider what the next 50 years of skiing might bring. Read More »

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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