Salute Reversing Manifest Destiny
"Thanks for keeping the Rockies pristine," says Governor
(Read by 23,000 global journalists and others,
plus covered on the world Olympic Press web-www.sportsfeatures.com).
Denver, CO (PRWEB
via SportsFeatures) November 8, 2004 -- "Denver's launch
of the 'Salute to America's First Caretakers' at Colorado's SnowSports
Expo just might be another reversal of Manifest Destiny,"
beamed Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee at the Convention Center event
on November 6. Two years ago, the New York Times wrote that the
"Indian-led return of the buffalo to the Great Plains is
resurrecting their ghost towns... and reversing Manifest Destiny."
Thanks to "snow
farmers" thoughtfully sharing skiing and snowboarding with
their tribes in 14 states, led by Colorado ski areas and the Ute
Nation, many tribes were "thrilled" and are sharing
their snow ceremonies and sustainable wisdom, which has resulted
in amazing early economy-lifting snowblessings -- starting with
Vail asking the Utes to save their opening in the '60s. Also hoping
the tribes can help them "Keep Winters Cool," ski shows
(in Seattle, Sacramento and LA), and over 100 ski areas across
America want to follow in Colorado's moccasins...
At the Expo, Governor
Owens thanked "the Utes, as well as the diverse Denver Indians,
for keeping the Rockies pristine for thousands of years."
He also brought attention to Aspen's World Watch Conference that
called American Indian Nations "models of sustainability"
for preserving a National Seed Bank, the Pacific Northwest Tribes
for restoring the fish, and Secretary of Interior Gail Norton's
saying that, "Frankly, the reservation forests are in much
better shape than those on public lands, and the tribes need those
jobs." Plus, Lakota-Sioux Wind Farms will soon energize Aspen.
Karen Wilde Rogers (Creek), director of Colorado's Commission
on Indian Affairs, spoke on behalf of the Governor.
Karen also conveyed
that Lt. Governor Jane Norton congratulated the "ski communities
and Olympians for partnering with the tribes to help ensure that
future generations will have a chance to enjoy our magnificent
The Salute was announced
at Athens, where world Olympians honored American Indians for
inventing the roots of 10 Olympic sports. "They also honored
the Sami (Laplanders) for inventing skiing 5,000 years ago,"
said Olympian Billy Kidd (VT Abenaki), co-host of the Salute with
teammate Chaffee, NVF co-founder.
10 skiers from Denver's
splendid "Seven Falls Dance Group" shared the snowdance
to benefit all the People of Colorado, led by Boulder-based sustainability
leader, Woody Vaspra (Hawaiian), President of the World Council
of Elders. For health reasons, Southern Ute traditional Elders
Eddy and Betty Box, Jr., supported by young sundancers, participated
in a simultaneous pipe ceremony in a sweat lodge in Durango, to
thank Creator for the snow. Eddy Box, Jr.'s dad (Red Ute), was
Vail's hero, and Junior humbly continues that tradition "to
create more harmony between our cultures and Mother Earth."
A Salute highlight
was the entrance of a speed skier in a shiny fire engine red suit
with streamlined helmet, followed by a white sherpa carrying his
8-foot skis. "Who is that masked man?" asked Steamboat's
"My name is Stew
Young of the Tulalip, Killer Whale Tribe of Washington."
At 50, Stew is going back on the World Cup Tour after being the
"Fastest Veteran in the US, 3rd in the world in 1998,"
hoping to beat his unofficial 143-mph record.
"Soon Billy Kidd
was joined by Olympic Gold Medal Freestyler Johnny Mosley and
Aspen's Gold Medal Snowboarder Chris Klug, all wanting to ski
with Stew," said Chaffee, "if he would take it easy
For "going Indian"
and wanting to help coach Native American youth, Chaffee and Cherokee
artist Colleen Lloyd presented the beloved champions with Native
"Homeland Security" T-shirts: a picture of Geronimo
and his Apache warriors that says, "Fighting Terrorism since
1492." Besides Indian humor, it's called, "the hottest
T-shirt in America," since "More American Indians have
been protecting our country and have won more medals of honor
than any other race per capita," according to Gen. Schwarzkopf,
who helped NVF launch the Telluride ski program.
For making the Salute
possible, Chaffee thanked the event sponsors: Denver's Peak Bank,
Crystal Springs Golf Club/Spa, Westwind TPTs Shirts, NUTIVA, SweetLeaf
Stevia (discovered by Brazilian tribes to prevent diabetes/obesity),
and each of the 10 participating Colorado Ski Areas.
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