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2013-2014 Biennial Report

Who We Are Mission To help American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs — food, water, and shelter — while implementing and supporting programs designed to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem, especially for Native Youth.

Programs • Food Distribution and Nutrition • Youth • Culture and Language • Housing • Women’s Health • Basic Needs • Seasonal Assistance

Board of Directors Running Strong is governed by a five-member volunteer Board of Directors James J. O’Brien, Esq., Chairman Founder, O’Brien Law LLC Katsi Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk), Secretary Executive Director, First Environmental Collaborative Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), Treasurer Assistant Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Ashley Wahiaronkwas Morris (Mohawk of Kahnawake), Director

Running Strong’s volunteer Board of Directors. ©2014

Clyde B. Richardson, Director Retired

Running Strong Staff Our Home Team Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), National Spokesperson Bryan Krizek, CEO Lauren Haas Finkelstein, Executive Director Cassandra R. Chee (Diné), Administrative Assistant Dave Frank, Fulfillment Manager Jennifer Rivera, Program Assistant Julia Wejchert, Program Assistant

Our Field Team Tom Kanatakeniate Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk) Field Coordinator Billie Rose Garreaux (Cheyenne River Lakota) Food Distribution Audrey Greene (San Carlos Apache) Field Coordinator Stacie Lee (Cheyenne River Lakota) Summer Food Service Program Dave Lone Elk (Oglala Lakota) Field Coordinator & Food Distribution Ken Lone Elk (Oglala Lakota) Utilities Assistance & Housing

Cover photo: Former Oglala Sioux Tribe President, Bryan Brewer, and Billy and Pat Mills with children at the Billy Mills Honoring wacipi. ©2014 Photo left to right: Annual ReservationsTour participant Janet Spindler, Running Strong staff Dave Frank, Jennifer Rivera, Audrey Greene, and Lauren Haas Finkelstein, Annual Reservations Tour participant Pam Belinowitz, and Running Strong staff Cassandra Chee. ©2014

Letter from Staff

Spotlight on Board Member Clyde “C.B.” Richardson

Dear friends of American Indian youth, We, at Running Strong, proudly present our 2013 – 2014 Biennial Report, sharing the work that you make possible. These past two years have been very special for Running Strong for American Indian Youth® and our spokesperson, Billy Mills. In February 2013, Billy was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his work with Running Strong. The Presidential Citizens Medal is the second highest civilian award in the United States. It recognizes individuals “who [have] performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens.” 2014 was a landmark year for us at Running Strong. It not only marked the 50th anniversary of Billy’s gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, but also the 25th anniversary of our Running Strong Reservations Tour, and the 10th Anniversary of Team Running Strong, our Marine Corps Marathon team! Our multiple events and programs throughout the year culminated in the launch of a new grant initiative, Dreamstarter™, which aims to help Native youth achieve their dreams of helping their communities.

“I would love to tie in any marking of my 50 Anniversary of winning an Olympic Gold Medal with the vision Gene and I have of empowering our Native American youth to pursue the horizon of their future by choreographing their dreams and their dreams of future anniversaries through their future “give aways.” th

-Billy Mills

Each year we face unique challenges that provide us with new opportunities for our organization to develop our services and extend them to even more Native children. Each day we strive for excellence, and are committed to completing our mission with efficiency, transparency, and integrity. Your loyalty and generosity are reflected on every page of this biennial report. As you take the time to read through these pages, we hope you will share our pride in the incredibly important work that we do together to make life better for these precious children. Generosity is an important value in Lakota culture. The ‘give away’ is born out of this tradition and is when someone who has experienced success gives back to their support system to express appreciation and give thanks. Running Strong for American Indian Youth® was founded as part of Billy Mills’ desire to give back to his community. On behalf of Billy Mills and all of us here at Running Strong, we thank you for your caring, for your generous hearts, and for your loyalty to our cause.

C.B. is a retired Federal Government Senior Manager. He earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from North Carolina Central University and a M.A. degree in Government and Public Administration from American University. C.B. is President of Loriche Productions, a music and video production company. He served as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner for Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor for 17 years. C. B. takes pride in the fact that he has served on numerous non-profit boards with different missions; for example, Africare, District of Columbia Lung Association, Ward Five Council On Education, Friendship House Inc., Kiwanis, and the Metropolitan Coalition for Clean Air— just to name a few. He has served on the board for Christian Relief Service Charities for 28 years, and has been a board member of Running Strong for American Indian Youth since 2011. C.B. also has visited the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations several times to see first-hand Running Strong’s valuable work as well as the conditions on the reservations. C.B. and his wife Loretta live in Washington, D.C. and are often seen at our various events throughout the year. For profiles of all our board members visit staff-and-board.


Spotlight on Billy Mills From Dreamer to Leader Growing up as an Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Billy Mills encountered the same challenges that many American Indian youth continue to face today. He knows what it means to feel hungry or cold and see your family and community struggle. Yet, despite these challenges, Billy never gave up on his dream. Billy Mills made his dream come true by shocking the world to win an Olympic gold medal in the 10,000-meter race at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He set a new Olympic record of 28 minutes, 24.4 seconds and is still the only American to ever win a gold medal in the 10K event. His come-from-behind upset has been called the second greatest moment in Olympic history. In Lakota culture, someone who achieves great success does a ‘giveaway’ to thank the support system of family and friends who helped him or her achieve a goal. As part of his effort to give back to his community, Billy cofounded Running Strong for American Indian Youth® in

In February 2013, Billy was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Obama to honor his service with Running Strong for American Indian Youth®. The Presidential Citizens Medal is the second highest civilian award in the United States, bestowed by the President in recognition of individuals “who [have] performed exemplary deeds or services for his or her country or fellow citizens.” Billy’s dedication to helping improve the lives of American Indians was also recognized in October 2014, when Billy was honored at the Anti-Defamation League’s Concert Against Hate in Washington, DC for his work. We know that you share in Billy’s honor. 1986 with Christian Relief Services’ President, Gene Krizek, and has been the organization’s National Spokesperson ever since. Today, Billy travels over 300 days every year. He visits American Indian communities throughout the U.S. and speaks to the youth about healthy lifestyles and taking pride in their heritage.

His vision leads our work as we strive to inspire the next generation to find and follow their dreams like Billy. It is caring individuals like you who make Running Strong possible and can make Native children’s dreams come true. Presidential Citizens Medal, 2013.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the President in this extraordinary way. The most powerful thing you can give to a child is a dream. I hope every child in Indian Country knows what is possible if you follow your dream.” Billy Mills, upon receiving the Presidential Citizens Medal, February 15, 2013


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Celebrating Billy Mills Marking the 50th Anniversary of Billy’s Gold Medal Win 2014 was a special year for Running Strong as we celebrated many milestones as an organization, and commemorated the 50th anniversary of Billy’s historic gold medal win at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games! For 50 years Billy has been inspiring generations of American Indian youth to reach for their dreams and to take pride in their heritage. Below are some of the events held throughout the year to honor Running Strong’s co-founder and spokesperson, Billy Mills.

Honoring Wacipi Running Strong hosted the First Annual Billy Mills Honoring Wacipi (powwow) in September 2014 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Billy’s hometown. Hundreds of residents from Pine Ridge and surrounding reservations came to honor Billy and participate in the festivities! Both Billy and Pat Mills attended and led a grand entry of over 150 dancers along with former Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer. It was a night to remember, with 13 drum groups, competition dancing, and dancers calling for “one more” when the night was due to end.

Anti-Defamation League In October 2014, Running Strong Spokesperson Billy Mills was honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), at the 2014 In Concert Against Hate, and received the Kay Family Award. “The Kay Family Award is bestowed upon the heroes honored at the ADL In Concert Against Hate,” according to the ADL website. “It recognizes individuals for extraordinary acts of courage in confronting intolerance

and injustice, extremism and terrorism.” Billy received the award for the work he has done to give back to American Indian people, and improve the lives of American Indian children, even in the face of the poverty and racism he experienced in childhood and early adulthood.

An Event on the River An event honoring Billy was hosted at the riverside home of Rafat and Shaista Mahmood in October 2014. At this event, Pat Mills unveiled her painting Circles which she created in honor of the anniversary of Billy’s Olympic Gold Medal win. Billy, along with other guests in attendance, was gifted an American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol building on October 14, the exact anniversary of his Olympic race, by Congressman James Moran. The Virginia State Senate passed a joint resolution commending Billy on the 50th anniversary of his Olympic win, which was also presented at the event by Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin and Virginia State Delegates

Billy Mills and his wife Pat with Bryan Brewer, former President of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, at the Billy Mills Honoring Wacipi.

Mark Sickles and Scott Surevell. Joe American Horse, a traditional Chief of the Oglala Lakota, a former Oglala Lakota tribal chairman and a long term friend of Running Strong, was at the event and performed a blessing.

Dreamstarter Fifty years ago, Billy Mills achieved his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal, and since then, he has used that victory to help give back to the American Indian community. To celebrate Billy’s dream and his leadership, Running Strong is proud to announce the DreamstarterTM grant program! Launched in 2014, this program hopes to help the next generation of American Indian youth make their dreams come true. During the next five years, Running Strong will be awarding ten $10,000 grants each year to community non-profits who will mentor a young Dreamstarter and work with them to implement a project inspired by the young person’s dream for her or his community. To learn more visit /Dreamstarter.

“Native youth that can dream big and turn those dreams into reality, will lead the way for a strong future.” Billy Mills

Unveiling of Pat Mills’ painting Circles. From left to right: Pat Mills, Congressmen Jim Moran, Shaista Mahmood, Billy Mills and Rafat Mahmood


Growing Success Hip-Hoop Hooray! From the beginning, Running Strong has proudly been partnering with community-based gardening programs. These programs not only provide American Indian families with wholesome, nutritious food, they also teach life skills, good nutrition, and guide Native families on the path to self-sufficiency. Having seen the success of our previously funded greenhouses for Can Wigmunke (The Rainbow Tree) and the Cheyenne River Youth Project®, Running Strong donated a new special type of greenhouse, called a hoop house, to the Slim Buttes Agricultural Development (SBAG) program for their gardens. The hoop house protects gardens from the intense desert heat of the summer and the frigid cold climate

“It’s so wonderful to have fresh vegetables and the native wild fruits available right here. I’m tired of people having to buy food from convenience stores and gas stations. Your market, the gardens and this greenhouse you all did is such a gift. It’s great to hear that there’s a place to go now to get plants and veggies right here on the Rez! ” Sharlene Janis

of South Dakota winters. By giving seedlings a jumpstart on the growing season, gardens are more likely to survive and thrive! Many of our program partners also host local farmers and gatherers markets to make fresh fruit and vegetables more accessible to their communities. With Running Strong’s support, gardeners can sell their produce locally, earning income and increasing the availability of affordable, nutritious food.

Please visit to learn more about some of the gardens we support including: • Can Wigmunke (The Rainbow Tree) •W  inyan Toka Win (Leading Lady) Children’s Garden at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® • Brave Heart White Swan Garden • Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project Traditional Garden • Slim Buttes Agricultural Development Program

“The gardens at the Cheyenne River Youth Project® and Slim Buttes were an inspiration to me.” -Becker Davis, Running Strong Tour participant,

“It’s a cornerstone for our youth project, whether we’re talking about meals and snacks or about youth programming that helps connect our children with their land.” Julie Garreau, Executive Director, Cheyenne River Youth Project®


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Providing Hope Caring for Native Children Running Strong is dedicated to meeting basic needs of our American Indian youth. Basic needs form the foundation of a healthy child. It is hard to succeed in school if a child is hungry, cold, or does not have the necessary school supplies. While many Native families struggle economically, they still want to take care of their children and keep them happy and healthy. We donate hundreds of warm coats and hats, shoes, and blankets to help people survive the harsh Western winters; backpacks and school supplies to ensure equal opportunity at educational success; toys during the holiday season to spread joy; and hygiene kits filled with shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes to help children stay healthy. Thanks to loyal supporters like you,

Running Strong has donated almost 15,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to American Indian students from 2013 to 2014. Each backpack was pre-filled with the supplies that an Elementary school student, Jr. High School or High School student needs. Elementary School backpacks included supplies like pencils, an eraser, glue stick, scissors, pens, and crayons. Junior High and High School backpacks are filled with colored pencils, a pencil sharpener, a ruler, highlighters, an eraser, pens and pencils, spiral notebooks, portfolio folders, and a pocket-size calculator. In 2013 and 2014, a total of 3,214 adults and 6,029 children received brand new coats with hoods, along with 3, 516 new hats and 3,308 new pairs of shoes. We have also donated over 2,000 hygiene kits and close to

140,000 diapers to American Indian children who needed the extra help. Please visit to learn more about basic needs programs.

“[Our area] has a high poverty level and it’s very cold in the winter. Your generosity has a real and positive effect on these wonderful people.” Joseph Karnes, Director of Global Running Culture


Culture and Language Strength in Traditional Ways In 1994, the Brave Heart Society was formed by a community of grandmothers on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota with the mission of bringing back traditional knowledge by “calling home the spirit of the culture”. The Brave Heart grandmothers believe that culture is medicine, and the success of their many programs show the true strength of their culture. One of the Brave Heart Society’s greatest accomplishments has been the rehabilitation of the once forbidden and nearly lost Isnati Awica Dowanpi, or Coming of Age Ceremony for girls. As one of the seven sacred ceremonies of life, Isnati is a rite of passage for young women. In the ceremony, girls learn to respect themselves, their roles, and their bodies as developing women through the instruction of elder women, while in a remote outdoor camp setting. Over 115 women have completed this ceremony since it was revived over a decade ago. Brave Heart Society’s other programs include the annual Nagi Kicopi (Calling Back the Spirit) Retreat held each fall to treat the traumas the Dakota


women and girls face, the Annual Waterlily Storytelling Institute where Native storytellers from across the country gather to share new and old stories with audiences of all ages, and the Nagi Ksapa (Spirit Smart) Work Groups weekly meetings that teach beading and traditional crafts to Dakota girls ages nine and up. The Brave Heart Society also maintains the White Swan Garden, a 3-acre community garden, which gives the Yankton community a place to learn practical gardening skills, team work and responsibility.

“As part of my devotion to our culture and my belief that it holds many cures for the violence of today, I helped revive the Brave Heart Society.” Faith Spotted Eagle Cofounder

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® has worked with the Brave Heart Society since 1996 and in 2014 was able to aid in securing the Brave Heart Lodge for the organization’s

continued programming. With an established, permanent center to house the program, the Brave Heart Society is able to continue their programming and plan for future expansion. Every Wednesday night the Brave Hearts meet with local youth to teach them the Dakota language in a classroom style setting at the Brave Heart Lodge. They refer to these weekly language lessons as a “language nest” because symbolically, a nest is built when a mother bird constructs it piece by piece to nurture young birds so they become strong. The Brave Hearts provide a strong foundation for their youth and teach them the language piece by piece so that they may become strong Dakotas. Please visit to learn all about our culture and language programs including: • Brave Heart Society • First Environment Collaborative • Little White Buffalo Project • Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project

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Youth Development A Safe Place to Play In 2013, Running Strong offered a $25,000 challenge grant to the Cheyenne River Youth Project® to help them renovate the Main Youth Center. “The Main” provides a safe, fun, and engaging environment for Cheyenne River children, ages 4-12, to play after school and during the summer. Originally built by Running Strong in 1999, the beloved Main needed some repairs. Our challenge was met, and $50,000 was made available to improve the space. The youth center serves between 60 and 80 children daily. Kids participate in “Main University,” arts and crafts, wellness and physical fitness, gardening and more! Visit our website at to learn more about our youth programs.

“All three children participated in our Main University program in which they attended classes taught by long-term volunteers. They all graduated and have been impressive youth leaders ever since. Many of the younger children look up to them and follow by example.” Julie Garreau , Executive Director, Cheyenne River Youth Project®


Fueling Minds Smart Sacks In 2011, Running Strong partnered with the Menominee Indian School District to give their pre-K5 – 3rd grade students a “Smart Sack,” a backpack stuffed with nutritious snacks so that they have food to eat on the weekends and school breaks when they don’t have access to a free school breakfast and lunch. Teachers saw a big difference and asked Running Strong to help more kids in their school. Together, we worked out a plan to expand “Smart Sacks” for the entire school through the 5th grade, with Running Strong donating a total of 22,500 sacks in 2013 and 2014! Running Strong sends a variety of nutritionist recommended healthy foods like milk, sunflower seeds, chicken noodle soup, beef stew, fruit and grain bars, oatmeal and raisins for each week. Teachers incorporate lessons about healthy eating that include foods found in each week’s smart sack. School volunteers pack

Our school district suffers from a high rate of poverty. As a result, children come to school having not eaten over the weekend. Our teachers have documented that this lack of food causes fatigue, absenteeism, and poor health, and is impacting the children’s ability to learn. Menominee School Administrator

and distribute the sacks at the end of each week of the school year. Thanks in part to this program the Menominee Indian School District became the first school on an Indian Reservation in the Midwest to win Silver in the USDA US Healthier School Challenge for meeting rigorous standards for school meals, physical activity, and nutrition education. They are a national model of good practices to help hungry children succeed in school.

Spotlight: Wendell at Menominee Running Strong has been privileged to have partnered with Wendell Waukau, Superintendent at Menominee Indian School District (MISD), since 2011. Wendell and his family of four are members of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. He has served as Superintendent of MISD for the last 10 years, where he has aided in the district’s achievement of a 92 percent graduation rate, as well as many individual school accomplishments.

“[Running Strong] provides excellent opportunities for community collaboration, which are powerful tools for addressing educational challenges that affect the community…” -Wendell

Wendell has helped the Smart Sacks program succeed by fostering collaboration between MISD and the rest of the community. A well known figure within the community, Wendell has worked to spread health and wellness throughout his school district and the Menominee Nation. He was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change,” and continues to improve MISD through multiple efforts, including by partnering with Running Strong. 8

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‘Tis the Season Spreading Cheer Running Strong makes donations during the holidays to help American Indian children and their families celebrate the warmth of the season. Each November, we donate 1,500 of our 23 pound food boxes, each containing a Thanksgiving turkey and all the sides, to families living on Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservations along with hundreds of additional turkeys. Running Strong also spreads joy during the Christmas season. Along with donating 1,500 Christmas food boxes similar in size with roaster chickens, sides and candy canes each year, we also donate hundreds of turkeys! In 2013 and 2014, we provided grants for holiday parties to different American Indian programs

spread throughout South Dakota, Montana, Arizona, and Iowa. These festivities provided Native families with Christmas cheer by giving them the opportunity to come together as a community to eat, play, and celebrate. Running Strong also became one of Santa’s elves to help ensure Native children received a Christmas gift. Every year, Running Strong donates thousands of toys and raises funds to help kids on the Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge Indian Reservations have a Merry Christmas. Please visit to learn more about Running Strong’s seasonal programs!

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the food box I received for my family. It came at a time when I did not have any food for my family for this special day. Thank you. ” Amanda, Pine Ridge resident

“My kids have participated in the toy drive about 2-3 years and they always get really nice things and they are always happy. A lot of times we can’t do as much for our kids as we’d like to but it’s really nice to have them wake up on Christmas morning and have an abundance of gifts. It really makes us feel good.” Cheyenne River Youth Project® parent


How to Help Getting Involved Team Running Strong

“We were so pleased to get a spot on Team Running Strong and proud to be fundraising for American Indian youth. We were inspired by the honoring, excited to find all the goodies in our bags, and thrilled with the post-race massages. Run Strong!” Gary & Melissa Porter Team Running Strong runners

Join Team Running Strong and run the Marine Corps Marathon™! Held the last Sunday in October, Team Running Strong runners have been running this event since 2004. By joining Team Running Strong, you receive a guaranteed spot in the often sold-out Marine Corps Marathon™, an invitation to a special honoring ceremony with teammates, friends and family, training and fundraising support, and much more. We ask all Team Running Strong members to raise $722 on behalf of our important programs; a number that holds particular importance since 722 was Billy Mills’ Olympic jersey number. Marine Corps Marathoners and 10k runners join together to run with the Marines and for the future of Native youth. Most important of all, the funds raised by the team will benefit American Indian children and families. Learn more about joining and supporting Team Running Strong on our website,

Reservations Tour

“It was a grand adventure and I learned so much and enjoyed myself completely.” Barbara Leonard Running Strong Tour participant

“It had everything— camaraderie, history, culture, fun—and meeting Billy and Pat Mills!” ”

For over 25 years, Running Strong has been offering our supporters the opportunity to see the programs they make possible during our Annual Barbara Martalus Running Strong Tour participant Reservations Tour! Held each September, for one incredible week, our staff will guide you through the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations in South Dakota. You will get to see the impact of the Running Strong programs that you make possible and receive a taste of Lakota culture! If you register by June 30 you will receive the early bird discount. Reserve your spot early and be sure to join in on this life changing experience. Visit for more information or to request a brochure when they are available in May.


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Visit Our Website! We are excited to announce that our new, revamped site went live in early 2014! The new website features information about all of our programs and it is easier to navigate, allowing you to effortlessly access the latest news and updates. Visit our new site today at We welcome your comments and suggestions so we can continue to improve and meet your needs.

What You Can Do to Make a Difference Donate: Every donation—large or small—makes a difference in American Indian communities throughout the United States. If you are interested in making an investment in a particular program, give the Running Strong staff a call at 1-888-491-9859. Stock: A gift of stock or securities can benefit both you and Running Strong. Please contact our offices for information. Leave a Legacy: Please remember Native children and include Running Strong in your will, trusts, bequests of life insurance or other estate plans. For more information contact Give at the Office: Many individuals support Running Strong through their workplace fund drives. For information about adding Running Strong as an option to your company’s workplace giving campaign, simply call our office!

Match your gift: Double, even triple the value of your donation! Many employers generously match donations of their employees. Check with your workplace…and see the impact of your gift double or more! Visit: Join us on Running Strong’s annual tour of the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservations and/or visit Native American events in your community like powwows, expos, and museums. You will be in awe of the natural beauty, the diversity, and the richness of American Indian culture. Learn: Read books about American Indian history or current issues affecting Native people today. Go to for book recommendations from the Running Strong staff and volunteers. Native-made Art: Support American Indian artists by purchasing American Indian-made products. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Running Strong store support

our important programs in Indian Country, and the unique handmade items we sell are all Native-made and purchased at fair prices. Visit to shop today. Share: Follow Running Strong on social media. Stay up-to-date and voice your views and opinions on American Indian related issues. Become involved in the online community and connect with the organizations and individuals doing valuable work in Indian country. When you share one of our posts on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you help raise awareness about the challenges Indian youth face. Ask your family and friends to like our pages and join our email list to learn about issues you care about. When we increase our followers, we increase our voice!

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Thank You

We wish to thank you, the many individuals and organizations, for your contribution of both money and time. From children conducting small charity campaigns to loyal donors of nearly 30 years, foundations and other institutions, your support helps us meet the urgent needs facing American Indian children today and tomorrow. Your loyalty and unwaivering commitment to our mission helps us to improve the lives of thousands of American Indian children and their home communities. We especially thank the major donors listed below who generously supported our programs. Organizations All Faith Chapel Baker-Root Family Foundation, Inc. Benchmark Foods Boy Scouts of America Crew 10 CAA Foundation Center for Sacred Studies CHS Combined Jewish Philanthopies Cree - Way Gas Ltd. Dakota Indian Foundation Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund First Presbyterian Church Francis H Tucker Charitable Fund Give With Liberty Greenwich World Hunger Association John & Margaret Sinclaire Foundation Ketels Family Charitable Foundation LaPalme Electric, Inc Laura ArrillagaAndreessen Foundation Lush Cosmetics LLC Lutheran Community Foundation Mariel Foundation McMoRan Exploration Co. Merck Partnership for Giving Mt Tabor United Methodist Women Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Native American Fish & Wildlife Society Oglala Sioux Tribe Ongweoweh Corp. Pitts & Eckl, PC Prairie Island Tribal Council Rausch Legacy Fund RCD Inc. Electrical Service RSF Social Finance (Regeneration Fund) San Pedro Presbyterian Church Seva Foundation Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community St. Thomas of Villanova Church Suncor Energy The Church on The Cape, A United Methodist Church The Emilie Welles Foundation The Guarino Family Foundation Inc. The Riverside Church Thunen Family Foundation


Tower 10 Marketing Group, Inc Tree of Life Native American Fellowship Trinity Lutheran Church, The Endowment Committee Walking Boston Y.E.S. DBA Phogg Phoundation for the Pursuit of Happiness Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church Tulsa Community Foundation Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing Individuals Pamela Abaza Norma Abele Vanessa Adams Victoria Adams Rio Alden Doris Alderson Mary Ellen Alt G. Louis & Patricia Ambrose John Amling Dawn Amos Robbie Andreas Kenneth Andrews Anonymous Donors Betty Anthony Dennis Apple David Arth Laurence Arthur Linda Au Katherine Babiak Susan Ball Shelley Bance Betty Bargeloh Sarah Barnabas Steven Barnes Janet Barney James Bator Beau A. Baukol Sandy Beausang Becker Becker Christa Becker Judy Bell Liane Belland Mary Jane Berenz Carlee Jack Bissell Donna Blackstone George Blaze Jim Blechman Gary Blome Glenn Boal Michele & Frank Bodani Karl Boin Nancy Boland Lena Bonalumi William & Josephine Boone Marje Bourdeau Carol Breckenridge Barbara Brinkley Raymond Brown Phil Browne Leslie Brunette Charles Buchta Zebedee Buddy Dale & Judy Buffington Brower Burchill Mary Burdett

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Susan Joseph Michael & Donna Kaplan Michael Kazhdan Gordon Keeble Don Kennedy Michael Kennedy Juli Kinzer John Knutson Thomas Kopera Juanita Koziol Eugene & Adeline Krizek Marta R. Krogstad Margaret Kuhstoss Robert Kunz Mary Kvasnicka Albert Dean Lafond Andre LaPalme Joseph Lasater Russell Latini Timothy Lauber Steve Lauri Jacque Law Joni Lawver Paula Lee Gerald B. & Kristen P. Leedom Donald Legg Chip & Barbara Leonard Neal Liden Effie Ligon Delma Lincoln Dennis Loftus Dean Loughran Newton & Nancy Love Mark Lovecky Brian Lovett Raul Loya Stuart Lucks Kenneth Lundstrom Donald & Cathey Lynn John MacCormac Pamela Mack Valarie Madaraga Patricia Madariaga Dennis Mahafkey Vicki Maher Valerie Main Carrie Manitopyes John March Priscilla Margola Olivier Marie Murph Marrow Ethel Marsh Barbara Martalus Emily Mattison David Maw Michelle McAlpin Ben McBride Tom & Rachel McCarthy Keith McGuire Andrew McManus Douglas & Rosalind McNeil Gert Medlock Pam Michell Alexander Mikszewski Richard Miles Thomas Miller Rebecca Mills Charles Mitchell James Mitchell

Melody Modell Patrick Monaghan Lionel Montemayor Barbara Montgomery Thelma Moore Anne Morley Bruce Morris Sandy Mundy Elaine C. Murphy Michael Myers Maureen Nadell Jon Nagel Rob Nagel Robert Nasatka Michael Nash Sarojini Nimmagadda George Nimmo Vincent Noga Shayne Nope Gail Nordland Steven Nordyke Heidi NothackerWinkler Lou & Joyce Oberdeck Thomas O’Brien Virginia O’Brien Carson O’Connor Debbie Ogden Joann Okey Katherine & Edwin Olear Joyce Ong Deirdre Ortiz Todd Osborne J.R. Ouellette Joyce Pavelko Gil Payette Doris Payne Debra Pearson Jim Pearson Dorothy Perdue Wayne Pereno Craige Perry Stephen & Julie Pettler Don Pfaff Patricia Pickering Steven Pietrzak Christine Plews Gary Porter William Pryor Martha Pszyk Lucy Pugsley Teresa Quintero Michael Ragoza Trudy Ralph Ronald Ramirez Jerome Rapin Walter & Merri Reasor Joe Reeder James Reeve Ottie Reno Ronald Reynolds Fredrica Rhoades CB & Loretta Richardson Joyce Richardson Suzanne Rivas Albert Riviezzo Michael Robbins Don Roberts Randall Roberts Pat Robicheaux Cheryl Robison

Shelley Rogers Robert Rohrer Julie Romacker Christine Root Charles & Kathy Rose Judith Rosen Michael Rowden W. Bayless Rowe Walter Roy James Rugh Keith & Anne Russell Maria Ryan Terrance Ryan Vernon Samuelson Erika Sander Worthy C Sanders Jr Christine Sanguinet Vance Sarbaugh Tim Sato Anne Scarff Dick & Nancy Scheaffer Ronald Scheule Robert Schulmann Katherine Schwandt Mary Schwartz Nancy Scott Glade & Toni-Lee Sexton Lee Shafer Robert & Denise Shaffer Patricia Shall Casey Shaman Elizabeth Shifflett William Shorey Rachel & Ernie Showalter Lucy Sikes Beatrice Simpson Ann Skiba Karen Skrobut Scott Smidt Natalia Sorgente Corinne Spagna Leeann Spiegelberg Janet Spindler John Stallone William Stanley Victoria Stauffenberg Gus Stephen Penny Stephens Lisa Sterling Franklin Stitely Andrea Strahan Annie Strahan William & Susan Sturgeon Al Suhajda David Swansick Katherine Swartout Arthur Swisher Joshua Sykes Mirella Szakacs Mike T. Mark Tache Gary Talamantez James Tarsitano Donald Tator Timothy Thomas Sarah Thompson Nancy Tieszen Marc & Judy Tillman Michael Toner Donald Tripp Mitchell Tropin

Robert Tucker Earl Turner, Jr. Vernita Turpin Betty Ulfstam Gene Ulrich Mary Vallero Marie Van Deusen Lillyme Vankleef Jane Vanoverbake John Vasa Kristin Vaziri Darcy Venne Teresa Verdin Bruce Wallace Karen Walter James Wassom Anthony Watson John Wayne Michael Webb Michael Weil Michael & Anita Wenstrom Chris Weydeveld Ralph Weymouth Bette Whisler Benjamin Wickizer Philip & Sarah Wildenhain Dan Wilder Robert Williams Archie D. Wilson Dennis & Peggy Wilson Alexandra Windsor Michael Wise Mary Wolfe Ann Wolverton Shirley Wolverton Medora Woods Cheyrl Woolley Stephen Wulf Anne Wynne Charles Wynne Sandra Yarrington Martha Yarusso Diane Yawn Lawrence Yee Edward Young Hrair & Anne Zadoian Kenneth Zahora Mary Zamarripa Frank & Mary Zameito Rosario Zamora Joan Zinck Himmelhoch Elisabeth Zinck Rothenberger

We’d also like to send a big Wopila! (thank you) to our Federal and military employees who donated through the Combined Federal Campaign and participants in many state and corporate workplace giving, Native Ways Federation, and United Ways Donor Choice campaigns across the country for your generous support.

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® • 2013 Annual Report

Financials The financial results depicted are derived from the Running Strong for American Indian Youth速 June 30, 2013 and June 30, 2014 financial statements which contain an unqualified audit option. Our complete, audited financial statements can be obtained online at or by calling (703) 317-9881.

2013 Financial Statement Income 13.42% .35% Grants from government agencies $10,356

Wills and bequests $402,130

Expenses 2.92% Other income $87,337


Fiscal Year 2013 Total Income:

5.86% Workplace campaign contributions $175,571

Cash contributions from affiliates $427,000



Fiscal Year 2013 Total Expenses:

$2,592,340 .30%



Development & fundraising $7,951

Noncash contributions $1,500,704

Foundation grants & cash contributions $391,203

Management & general $73,826

96.85% Program services $2,510,563

2014 Financial Statement Income 11.85% .58% Grants from government agencies $17,513

Wills and bequests $356,236

Expenses 4.48% Other income $134,279

13.30% 4.61% Workplace campaign contributions $138,530

Fiscal Year 2014 Total Income:

Cash contributions from affiliates $400,000


.67% Development & fundraising $22,069

Noncash contributions $1,642,957


Fiscal Year 2014 Total Expenses:

$3,307,749 54.65%

Foundation grants & cash contributions $316,951

1.98% Management & general $65,446

97.35% Program services $3,220,234

As a member (subordinate unit under an IRS approved group exemption) of Christian Relief Services Charities (CRSC), Running Strong for American Indian Youth速 benefits in a number of ways from administrative and technical support as a cost-effective model in the areas of overhead, accounting, human resources, information technology, legal counsel, and governance.

Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), National Spokesperson 8301 Richmond Highway, Suite 200 Alexandria, Virginia 22309 1-888-491-9859

CFC #11876


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