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Billy Kidd
Billy Kidd   (Abenaki)
Blissfully at one with the mountain!
1st U.S. male to win an Olympic (Silver) Medal in
Alpine Skiing. Founder of "Steamboat's
Ute Future Olympians Program.
Captain Native American Ski Team



The Native American Olympic Team Foundation

The Native American Olympic Team Foundation (NAOTF) is a partnership of U.S. Tribal Leaders, Elders and Olympians dedicated to creating a healthy generation of Native Olympians.  It is possible thanks to the 60 ski areas/ communities, Snow Sports Industry, and Tribal Sponsors in the U.S. and recently Canada (13 resorts with the First Nations) who've led this historic "honoring and healing of the past." (NAOTF is formerly Native Voices Foundation)


"Welcoming The First Peoples Home, Is A Good Way To Start A New Beginning".
(Ron Allred, Telluride SkiCo's Native ski pioneer)
     By inviting the youth and families of your neighboring Indian Nations to ski, snowboard and share their Earth honoring culture:
magnificent dances, mountain blessings, sustainable wisdom and snow gratitude ceremonies...




Mariah Cooper

Mariah Cooper, (13) Lac Courte Oreilles (Wisc) Olympic Hopeful in
X-Country, placed 2nd in the 2007 Barneberkie (13 & under) of the Berkiebeiner, largest x-country race in US with 14 countries.


NAOTF's Mission is "To Create Joyful Unity through Sports & Education, to Help Heal Mother Earth For All our Children, including through the Olympics"

Make a donation here.


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.

Indian Youth Showcased at Vancouver Olympics
Indian Gaming Magazine

"Endangered Animals and Native Youth Showcased at Whistler"

Sneak Preview "Whistler Mt Spirit Celebration" 


Suzy and the Native Stars, Great Job!! Clear a place on your mantles for an Oscar! -- Billy Kidd

"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 

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:

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

International Solutions to U.S. School Shootings

OPINION: “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:

What World’s Youth Want for Christmas – Plant our X-Mass Trees!

The World’s Youth say we need emergency action to create a “Future We Want.” Hurricane Sandy helped the doubting Toms recognize that the greatest threat to our National Security and humanity is Climate Change. And leaders now believe that frustrated young people are not kidding when they say they want Climate Justice!


PHOTO CAPTION: (L) 12 year old Xiuh (Shoe) Martinez, (center in white shirt/yellow shovel), and his Earth Guardian Kids demonstrating in Boulder how to reforest Colorado after its wildfire and save a billion trees worldwide. Photos: Tamara Rose Roske.

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...


Native American London Olympians and UN’s Girl Initiative Lifting Poor Nations and Sustainability

October’s launch of the UN’s Girl Empowerment Initiative, and revelation that three Native American women represented the U.S. and their Indian Nations at London’s Olympics, are creating ripples of hope and prosperity for depressed Nations in the U.S. and around the world.

PHOTO Caption (left): “I will always love this team,” said “phenom” goalie (far right) Tumua Anae (Native Hawaiian) of her Gold Medal U.S. Olympic Water Polo Team in London. Credit: Jeff Cable.
Top to bottom: Mary Killman, Tumua Anae, and Adrienne Lyle. Photos: John Bragg, Michael Larsen, Elma Garcia.

Title IX Key to Sustainability and Longevity of Snow Sports and Coastal Cities

Olympic skier Suzy “Chapstick” Chaffee, who led the 1977 Title IX March in DC at the request of the PE Teachers of America, celebrating this team effort with her Olympic mom Stevia. Photos courtesy
Time to Listen to The Children!
Lisa Montoya: RIO+20 Earth Summit’s media “phenom,” Boulder’s Xiuh (Shoe) Martinez at October’s Denver Climate Change rally praising President Obama for his renewable energy policies that create the future the youth want, including snowsports.

Orcas of the Americas applauding humans for fighting for their right to survive and thrive in their Arctic summer home / photo credit: © Quackersna... | Dreamstime.
Mariah Star Cooper Olympic hopefull skiing, and performing
Mariah Star Cooper is an Olympic cross country skiing hopeful that was asked to contribute in another way, by performing the an Indian prayer in sign language. Mariah is from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation and will be attending the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada during February.
2009 World Taekwondo Champion, Danielle Pelham (Chickasaw)
Winning the Race to Save the Planet through London's Olympics
  Danielle Pelham (U.S. Chickasaw Tribe) winning the 2009 Taekwondo World Championships. Including her in the London Olympics could be a healing for humanity and help safeguard a phenomenal Games and their future.
Part 1: Olympians and Stars like Robert Redford the Best Hope for Arctic

U.S. Olympic Nordic star Lars Flora teaching some of the 650 Arctic youth the joy of cross-country skiing near a wind turbine in Selawik, north of the Arctic Circle. Credit: © Reese Hanneman

Navy: Find Moral Compass Re: Deafening Whales and Dolphins 


"Elders 15 Green Mandates" (only): PDF)


Olympic unifiers
Jack and Bill Thorpe (on ends) with Olympians Joe Henson and Suzy 
at Native Olympic Team meeting."  




Six Year-Old Indian Delaney Tyon

Photo courtesy of Telluride SkiCo


Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Stephen Schneider
Hails Tribal Snow Contributions: 'Whatever Works, Go For It!'


Spooner Brings Indian Youth Closer to London Olympics

Ski Areas End "Awesome Season" with Gratitude

Six Year-Old Indian Delaney Tyon is Nastar National Ski Champion

Olympian "Suzy Chapstick” Chaffee urges switch to natural products to "Keep Winters Cool"

Read more US & World Press Stories 
how we are helping heal Mother Earth,
Elders-led Snow Prayers, and Miracle Documentation

Read more Environmental Breakthrough stories


Chance to Join NFL to “Kick Hunger” in U.S.,
Grow Wise Leaders and Enhance Spring Snows

World Hunger Solutions Inspired by Athletes,
First Ladies, UN, Siberia, Canada, Austria, Italy, Tribes


Please Help U.S. Ski Areas by Including
Mother Earth on Valentine’s Day

January 2012 Snowdances at U.S. Ski Areas (pdf) (doc)

Suzy Chaffee: Snowdancers have much to do
with recent blessing of precip

SIA Journal December: 
World Gratitude Snowdances Encouraged by UN; Indigenous Elders Input Key to Restoring Earth at UN’s RIO+2

Hail to First Lady Betty Ford, Earth Hero! (Along with the Tribes of the Americas, Carl Jung, and AA)

Reflections with Suzy ‘Chapstick’ Chaffee
'Amazing things happened to me by following my intuitions' - SC

Miracle at Los Alamos, Thanks to World Prayers,including on US and UK's "Holy Mountains." Could They Protect London's 2012 Olympics?

Emergency ‘Call to Action to Protect Earth’ by UN, Pope, Scientists and Indigenous"


Renewing America with Renewable Energy

Olympians Urge Choosing Prophesied 1,000 yrs of Peace vs Nuclear Energy Suicide

UN International Mother Earth Day
April 22, 2011

Inspired by the tribes



2012 U.S. Budget Priorities: Funding Nuclear
Energy and Bombs vs. Dire Community Needs


Copr. (c) Suzy Chaffee
Decision Time: Billions to Nuclear vs. Renewable Energy for U.S. and Colorado

Ute/Navajo Elders to Open Vail World Cup Dec 4,
To launch 'UN's International Mother Earth Day' Ceremonies

Puerto Vallarta's UN Ocean Ceremony Launch Smoothing 2012 Shift

UN Launches 2011 Ocean Healing
Strategy with Aztecs on New Years Dawn

Read More...   

UN’s International Mother Earth Day Ceremonies Launched – Ute/Navajo Blessings
Delight Vail’s World Cup

"Pioneers of Skiing, "the First Nations and Tulalip Snowboard Teams in Indian Country Today Newspaper 

NY Times Mag Vancouver Olympic Icons story -
Suzy honored for pioneering Native Ski Programs

US Ski and Snowboard Expos Honor Tribes as Pioneers of Skiing

National Ski and Snowboard Expos Outreach Native American Kids

Jim Thorpe’s Sons Bolster Native American Olympic Dream

     To Cut Cancer in Half & Give Athletes a Winning Edge

Sportswomen of Colorado to Honor Suzy 'Chapstick' Chaffee
For pioneering Native Ski Programs
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