"Chapstick" Chaffee, NAOTF's Co-founder and Co-chairman, gives
a ride to Navajo Cissy Esiddy at Telluride, CO, the pioneering ski resort.
Evan Grant, dazzles the crowd at the Telluride event.
Ed Hall, Washington DC's leading Indian advocate, calls Aspen Airport's
Native Art Exhibit, "a prototype for America." More on the exhibit
Co-Founder, Alden Naranjo, at memorial for brother Eugene who started
ďAs co-founder and Vice Chair of
the U.S. House of Representativeís Native American Caucus (60 members),
congratulations on your Native American Millennial Ski events. Itís
heartening to know that there are groups like yours across America
that are working to better the lives of their Indian friends and
--Patrick Kennedy, Member of Congress
Circle Dance at Aspen's historic celebration.
NATIVE AMERICAN OLYMPIC TEAM FOUNDATION (Formerly Native Voices Foundation) Creating Joyful Unity through sports and education to heal Mother Earth for all our Children, including through the Olympics.
Olympians honoring Tribes for gifts to sport at Athens!!!
L-R US Olympian co-host Suzy Chaffee, Fernando Jose (Navajo/Inca), Ullarik (Inca), Helen Korevesis of Olympic Truce, Chasque (Taos Pueblo), Condor (Inca), and Greek Olympian co-host Mike Voudouris (who helped bring Iraqis to Games). Read more...
Photo caption: Shoshone Benny LeBeau, leader of Big Bear Medicine Wheel Snow Ceremony, thanked by skiers at LA Ski Dazzle Show, next to Olympic host Suzy Chaffee with Gina Weiss and seven of the 200 diverse "miracle" participants - Black Elk Prophesy.
(Photo credit: Mary Piller)
NATIVE TRIES OUT FOR NBA Warlance Foster, Navajo-Lakota basketball star, with Nuggets manager Kiki Vandeweghe (Blackfeet heritage) during his "impressive" NBA tryout at Denver's Pepsi Center. Read more...
Honoring the First Americans and Creating Native Olympians
(A Comprehensive Look)
Olympians from seven countries honored Native Americans at the 2004 Athens Olympics for their gifts to the roots of 10 Olympic sports at the site of the first Modern Games in 1896. L-R US Olympic skier co-host Suzy Chaffee with Fernando Jose (Navajo/Inca), Ullarik (Inca), Helen Korevesis of Olympic Truce, Chasque (Taos Pueblo), Condor (Inca), and Greek Olympic co-host Mike Voudouris, who also helped bring Iraqis to the Games.
Six Year-Old Indian Delaney Tyon is Nastar National Ski Champion Read more...
Olympic skier "Suzy Chapstick" Chaffee joyfully unveiling affordable solutions right under our noses to cut global warming, fires and cancer almost in half. Read more... Photo courtesy Telluride SkiCo, a pioneer of her Native Ski Programs
13 yr old Olympic Hopeful Mariah Cooper (Lac Courte Oreille-Oneida),
Jr Miss Honor the Earth Princess, prayer-signing her love for
Mother Earth to open event for Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson,
a Father of Earth Day. Read more....
Ute Mt youth welcomed home to Telluride's Mt Village with
Ute sculpture to ski, snowboard and celebrate by Telski and
town leaders: L-R Rabbi Michael Saftler, Olympian Suzy Chaffee,
Kit Collins (cowboy hat) and Mayor David Glynn. Atop, Timber
Manning holds baby eagle feather. Credit: Karen Goldman.
NAOTF thanks Christopher Simmons, founder of prestigious Send2Press Newswire (R)*, for helping give American Indians a national voice.
* a unit of Neotrope(R), http://www.send2press.com/
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
Photo Caption: (close-up of Penelope) Two year old Penelope Rodriguez (Pawnee) of Denver's "7 Falls Dancers," melts hearts at Denise Rich's old fashion launch of Aspen's New Year. Photo credit: Jeffrey Finesilver Read more.....
Stars of the Western ski shows (who want help to join ski areas and tribes and take the kids of both cultures skiing/boarding): Speedski champ Stew Young (Tulalip, in tuck) with Raven dancer, X-treme skier Gene Tabagan, and L-R, Timberline's Jim D'Eagle (Lakota), Lisa Santana (Lummi V.P of Northwest Indian College), "Uncle Paul" (Tlingit), and Olympic host Chaffee. Read more...
"I'd like the thank the tribes if they are responsible for this early fluke snow storm that dumped two to four feet in the San Bernadino Mountains, and put them on our staff," announced Fritz Coleman, KNBC LA's weatherman. Following Chaffee's research, skiers got to thank the cross-cultural team at LA's Ski Dazzle Show!
Celebrating Veysonnaz Switzerland as the Training Center for the Native American Olympic Ski Team - L to R: Tulalip speed ski champ Stew Young, Veysonnaz owner Jean Marie Fournier, Ski and Music Festival host Princess Caroline Murat, and Olympic/Freestyle ski champ Suzy Chaffee.
Read more: Euro Leaders Support Native American Olympic Inclusion
Chaffee honoring speedski champ Stew Young, as well as MVP's of the Salt Lake Native American Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Forest Cuch and Larry Blackhair (N. Utes), and Olympic ice dancing star Naomi Lang (Karuk), at NAOTF's Olympic press conference and reception that inspired the world story: "Indians End Games End Game on High Note."
Hailing from the Tulalip (Killer Whale Tribe), Stew was the "Fastest Veteran on Skis in US, 3rd in World in '98," a lead Sovereignty Runner, and Professor of Videography at Oregon State, who loves to coach and is scouting for Native Olympic talent in skiing, snowboarding, running and canoeing. The press conference, as well as SL Olympic Protection Ceremony, guided by Arvol Lookinghorse, was led by N. Ute Tribal Chairman Roland McCook and supported by Muhammad Ali (it worked!). All thanks to our sponsors: the Morongo Band of the California Mission Indians, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, and Grammy Award winner, Denise Rich.
Suzy meeting with NAOTF Euro Leaders Olympian Prince Albert of Monaco, and French Princess Caroline Murat at her Monaco villa. Caroline (bi-lateral descendent of Napoleon) saluted Miss Indian World Ke Aloha Alo (Apache-Hawaiian), and Chaffee following the Salt Lake Opening Ceremonies, at her Music Festival in Gstaad in 2002.
Princess Caroline's Annual Ski & Music Festival in Gstaad, Switz
Princess Caroline has invited Suzy and Stew Young, Tulalip speed ski champion and member of the newly forming Native American Olympic Ski Team (before his World Cup event in Austria) to her Ski and Music Festival in Veysonnaz, Switzerland Feb 11-19, 2005, sponsored by Credit Suisse. Caroline is a world renowned pianist, became Europe's first royal advocate for the tribes after meeting Northern Ute Chairman Roland McCook in Aspen in 1999. Prince Albert, a Champion of the Tribes on the IOC, is a Lakota adoptee like his great great Grandfather, Albert 1. After hunting with the Lakotas in Wyoming with Buffalo Bill Show, he met Sitting Bull, and was inspired to found the Oceanographic Institute.
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!'"
HEALING OF THE CONTINENTS EVENT
Starting with Europe and Native America!Suzy meeting with Jonathan Guinness, (Lord Moyne of British House of Lords), in England following the Athens Olympics in 2004. In honor of his earth-loving wife Shoe, whom Chaffee met at the John of God Center in Brazil, Jonathan is carrying on her dying wish to create a "Healing of the Continents," starting with Europe and the First Americans. (that we understand was started by Spain's Queen Sophia in a heart-to-heart with an American Indian dance group in the '90's.)
During "FESTIVAL OF WORLD CULTURES" near Dublin August 26-28 -Lord Moyne (also a brilliant writer) then connected Suzy with his trusted niece Marina Guinness in Dublin (seen here under her 5,000 year old elk horns at her manor.) With the support of their illustrious friends, family and writers, we are hoping to be able to announce at this year's "Festival of World Cultures," the planning of this historic healing event -starting with Europe and Native America - to be a priceless jewel in the crown of next year's event. This acclaimed intertribal festival is a fun, stunning backdrop for a global healing since it celebrates the cultures of 50 countries, including local and world renowned artists.During her meetings, Chaffee learned that the Guinness family, coincidentally, have the oldest DNA of the all the tribes of Ireland, the Pre-Celtic Melesians! Their name means the God of Love!! Therefore, how perfect for them to host this healing in partnership with NAOTF and the festival, which could give hope and perhaps inspire a healing of more countries, continents and humanity, especially following the terrorist bombing in London in July. We must make compassion in fashion for the sake of Mother Earth and all her children! Such a historic healing, (including Iroquois and Choctaws leaders who sent barges of food to the Irish during potato famine), will hopefully inspire a shift in our irrational focus of bombing for peace, (creates more terrorists) to speaking-from-the-heart ceremonies that heal and start anew, with festivals that - people to people - celebrate our exquisite, diverse gifts to eachother," agreed the team. (Sponsorships still available!) (See festival at: website: http://www.festivalofworldcultures.com/contact/default.asp
Reneissa Ridley, Northern Ute dancer/skier, making first contact with 10 yr old King Oyo of Unganda at NAOTF's first Olympic Tribal (Ski) Exchange at Keystone, Colorado. Christaid Organizer David Mporampora is behind them. While Uganda actually has heli skiing in their 14,000 ft mountains, but with finanicial and Olympic coaching support, they could turn warehouses into soccer camps, the king's favorite sport. This sent(s) a message that there is a cost-effective alternative to terrorist camps in two African countries for the 7-10 yr olds. Sports also helps delay sex and childbearing important for AIDS prevention. The king came to help the 1.5 million wild children left without parents from the epidemic. Sponsorships available.
--American Indian Report Magazine, June 2002
Olympians honoring Native American Olympic Team Foundation at Chicago Ski Ball in November.
Suzy Chaffee, Olympic Gold Medallist Phil Mahre, Ball Chairman
John Bucksbaum, Olympic Handicap Racer - Muffy Davis,
and honoree, Seneca James Kleinert.
Prophecy & Hope:Prophesy says that it is time now to share some of our sacred traditions of our culture. With the birth of the Miracle, a female white buffalo in 1994 in Wisconsin, it signals the time when the 4 colors of man will be coming together to unite and heal. Creator has given different gifts and responsibilities to each of the colors. Ours is to help preserve Earth for all the children. Time is running out. Its time to act, say many Indigenous spiritual leaders of the Americas.
Coincidentally, in 1994, the Trends Institute, which goes to most newspapers, said that Ancient Wisdom is on the rise throughout the US and world, finding that materialism isnt fulfilling happiness. Trends predicted that around the turn of the Millennium, we would start incorporating the American Indians philosophy of Nature into our definition of Patriotism, and within a decade have an overarching love of our lands. Its happening!
Here and now we can all choose to stop reruns that "continue the past, and take a higher road, through forgiveness and loving thy enemy, like Jesus and the Tibetans. What we put out, we get back, because we are one. All races have at some time suffered an assassination of the heart - been abused, exploited, removed and genocided. At Aspen's Ute Millennial Ceremony, inspired by the Popes apology, our community took the first wobbly (then exhilarating) step toward apoligizing, forgiving and making amends so that we can together "walk in beauty" into a bountiful new Age! A Millennium that is sustainable because we are going back to honoring the Universal Laws of Nature of our ancestors and most Indigenous Peoples.
Through all the media
coverage about the gifts of First Americans, we are turning prejudice
into awe and appreciation. By putting Native children under our wings,
we are giving everyone a chance for an abundant future - synthesizing
the best wisdom of our old and new Nation into a sustainable American
Dream. "This is a good way to create the happiness, the harmony
and the brotherhood for all Creator's Children." (Alden Naranjo.)
From the heart,
Native American Olympic Team Foundation Board
“As usual Suzy, you're working on good causes. I commend you for your efforts to recognize the contributions of Native Americans in our country. I think the Native American Olympic idea is great. I’ll do anything I can do to help."
-- Bill Bradley
"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
SPECIAL THANKS to Lloyd Baldeagle and Timothy Marquand, (son of a Pulitzer Prize winner), a musician who distributes African tribal music through Sterns. Both have been helpful in finding the right words to bridge the understanding between our cultures through this Home Page, along with Webmaster Debby West at Hologram Communications. . Thanks also to Scott Halazon, a Harvard MBA with Big Key advanced technology, Barry ZeVan, Sue Miller, Cherokee scientist Lisa Tully, and Joanie Klar for helping with grants, as well as all those who have contributed to this progress for humanity.[Top of Page]