NVF and SnowSports
Industries of America (SIA),
November 29, 2001)
FOR FIRST AMERICANS SIA's
"DONATE-A-SKI" PLEDGES $300,000.
to Aspen from being honored at the U.S. Ski Team Ball in Chicago,
Olympian Suzy Chaffee enthused, "I am so proud of my Olympic
teammates, like Billy Kidd, the Mahres, McCoys, Cochrans, Rosie
Fortna, Tommy Moe, and my eco teacher/brother Rick. They voted our
Native American Olympic Team Foundation the Havaline Texaco Star Award to
help fund our programs 'to welcome Native Americans with their
environmental values, back to their ancestral lands, to ensure that
future generations have our opportunities to ski.'"
the presentation by John Carideo of Chevron Texaco, fellow honoree,
Senecan James Kleinert, a former member of the US Freestyle Team,
now an award winning Jackson Hole filmmaker, thanked everyone on
behalf of Indian Country.
help lift Native Americans this Olympic Year, as past Olympics have
for the Aborigines, Women and Blacks, SIA's Donate-a-Ski, spearheaded
by Billy Kidd, pledged to give $300,000 worth of ski and snowboarding
equipment and clothing to be shared by the 560 American Indian Nations.
Spearheaded by Olympian Billy Kidd, it will be distributed by NVF
through its "Olympic Spirit Awards." A package will be
given to a promising winter athlete from each tribe, chosen by Elders,
who best exemplifies the Olympic ideals. (Click Olympic Dreams
Projects for more details) "In essence, these
gifts from Texaco and snow sports leaders truly welcomes Native
Americans into the Olympic Family, making their honoring at Salt
Lake's Opening Ceremony more meaningful," agree NVF Co-chairmen
Chaffee and Brian Wallace, Chief of the Washoe Tribe, who has a
model ski program in Lake Tahoe.
donation of clothing and equipment will be used to start or bolster
each tribe's winter
sports programs," said Donate-A-Ski Director Jean Mattie. It
is part of
a national grass roots effort, led by skiers, to improve the lives
of our Native American (Earth Guardians), whose life expectancy
is 20 years less than ours.
feel especially thankful for the opportunity to share our love of
winter sports with so many deserving people," said David Ingemie,
President of SnowSports Industries of America (SIA) and the foundation
that funds Donate-a-Ski.
of ski areas across America this season will be sharing the joy
of skiing this Olympic season with their local tribes - 50-150 tickets,
lessons and equipment. They will also be honoring the Natives with
ceremonies. like Telluride, Aspen, Vail, Steamboat and Durango Mt
have hosted over the last 6 years for thousands of Colorado Utes
and other tribes living there. At the ceremonies, Natives share
their dances and earth-honoring perspective, that reminds us of
our own ancestral roots.
local and state leaders, like Senators Bradley, Campbell, Daschle,
Jeffords, Leahy, as well as the Udalls, and Patrick Kennedys
60 Congressmen, Native Caucus, want to join Olympic racers, freestylers
and stars, in expressing gratitude to their tribes for their gifts
to world. Native greats, like Ross Anderson, NVF's Ambassador and
spokesperson for Durango Mountain Resort, who was featured in July's
Sports Illustrated as the "Fastest American on Skis,"will
also be honored. NVF's first ski event celebrating the Great Plains
Tribes, will be at Deer Mountain, South Dakota, on December 22nd.
youth appreciate so much this chance to learn how to dance down
mountains and fly like eagles on skis and boards," said Chaffee.
Director of the Western Region of the National Forest Service said,
NVFs programs are the most effective way Ive seen
to create a dialogue between our cultures. 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.
As a result
of the friendships and resulting eco progress that NVF's programs
have developed with Colorado's pioneering ski towns, Jim Jeffords,
Chairman of the Senate Environmental Committee, will be meeting
with the top Native American Ecologists to explore solving America's
eco challenges together, as they do with other countries, like
Secretary of the Interior, Steward Udall, said, NVF is on
the right track. Whats good for Native Americans is good for
be an historic player in honoring American Indians this Olympic
Native American Olympic Team Foundation at: 970-922 5406.
(Chaffee and Ross Anderson will be honored by Texaco at the Salt
Lake Ski Ball on February 1, 2002, at the opening of the Games.
It all started when it occurred to the Olympians at the 30th Reunion
of the US Ski Team in Big Mountain, Montana, in April, 2001, that
todays team would not have such an chance unless we, the Elders
now, stepped up to the plate and took responsibility. All the Olympians
and medalists who
could be reached voted to support NVFs work to help ensure
that future generations have our opportunities to ski.)