Beginning 2019 with a New Mission
A Message from NB3 Foundation President and CEO

I am excited to share the NB3 Foundation's new mission. Since our founding in 2005, we have been a champion for Native children’s health.This will not change. However, it was time to better reflect how our work has advanced and how the field at large has changed. After thoughtful discussion and reflection by staff and board, we are proud to announce our new mission:
MISSION: To ensure Native children achieve their full potential by advancing cultures of Native American community health.
For millenia, indigenous tribes and communities have practiced ways of maintaining healthy lifestyles. These practices and “ways of knowing” have been passed down from generation to generation, helping ensure children, families and communities live healthy and happy. Unfortunately, many of these practices and knowledge sources have been disrupted. The good news is there still remains living knowledge, values and practices today that promote health and wellness within tribes and Native communities. The NB3 Foundation’s indigenous health model builds on and advocates for this
knowledge in all our work. We are humbled to be a part of a movement to reclaim and strengthen our ways of knowing and doing, recognizing health and wellness are core building blocks to thriving children. 

As the NB3 Foundation moves forward, it will focus on four core areas needed to ensure healthy, thriving Native children:
1.     Healthy Nutrition
2.     Physical Activity
3.     Cultural Connections
4.     Youth Development

We look forward to working with all of you to advance our new mission, remembering Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures!

Justin Huenemann
President and CEO
Water First! Trailer and ZERO to 60 a Hit
On November 1 st , the NB3 Foundation launched its second year of the Zero to 60 Challenge engaging hundreds of families, organizations, schools and tribes to drink more water. For thirty days, participants eliminated sugary drinks- sodas, energy drinks, juices and other sugar added beverages, choosing instead to drink 60 oz of water per day. The Challenge website provided resources and information about sugary drinks and water as well as posters and trackers for adults and children which are available year-round for anyone ready to take the Zero to 60 Challenge
Complementing the Challenge, the NB3 Foundation revealed its Water First! Drink Up . Trailer at the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, NM. The trailer serves gourmet fruit infused waters and teas to promote and encourage drinking water, including fun flavors like strawberry basil, orange mint and jalapeño pineapple (that’s our favorite!. The trailer will be traveling in 2019 to different communities in the southwest to continue to promote healthy beverages for children and their families.
NB3FIT Cross Country goes NATIONAL!
The 2019 NB3FITXC Fall Season has come to an end after 15 weeks of hard work. The kids practiced three times a week at two host sites: Sandia Pueblo and Santa Ana Pueblo. On race days, both sites came together to cheer each other on.

After running in the State meet, the team traveled to Goodyear, AZ for the USATF Region X Junior Olympics Championships. There, the team competed with surrounding states to qualify for Nationals -- only the top 30 individuals & top five teams qualified. All the runners ran their best race that day. The 8 & Under girls qualified as a team and other runners were able to qualify individually. A total of ten runners qualified for Nationals. In December, they traveled to Reno, NV for the USATF National Junior Olympic XC Championships to run against the best in the nation.

"Seeing them compete against the best in the nation was a reward in itself," Director of NB3FIT, Clint Begay said. "They showed dedication and hard work at every single race and we are excited to start again this year so we can continue to guide them in becoming happy, healthy individuals,"

The NB3 Foundation is so proud of these young athletes who proved they can compete with runners from all over the country. We are excited to continue to grow in 2019.
USATF National Junior Olympic XC Championships Results
Girls 8 & Under-198 runners
Jordana Townsend-80 th , 10:23
Alyse Garcia-84 th , 10:28
Kyrie Lujan-147 th , 11:12
Savannah Sangre-149 th , 11:14
Lilliana Tsethlikai-169 th , 11:36
Julyssa Montoya-177 th , 11:46
Ishah Montoya-194, 12:46
Boys 8 & Under-232 runners
Quinton Begay-49 th , 9:06
Christopher Nastacio-162 nd , 10:32
Happy New Year from the NB3FIT Program!
We are excited to announce the NB3FIT Jr. Golf program will begin our 2019 Spring season. Our coaches strive to help participants improve their golf knowledge and increase their knowledge of healthy lifestyles on and off the golf course. NB3FIT Jr. Golf will offer an eight week program at two locations in the Albuquerque area.

  • Ladera Golf Club - START DATE: March 11, 2019
  • Monday/Tuesday/Friday 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am-12:30pm

  • Santa Ana Golf Club - START DATE: March 13, 2019
  • Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 5:30pm-7:00pm
Questions or to register, contact Clint Begay at (505) 867-0775.
NB3FIT Soccer
The 2019 NB3FIT Soccer Spring season starts on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the San Felipe Pueblo Soccer Field. The six week season is open to children age five to ten years old. Parents are encouraged to register soon to reserve a spot. Questions or to register, contact Autumn Quiver or Clint Begay at (505) 867-0775.
NB3 Foundation Partners with UP2US, Offers Training to Local Coaches
UP2US Sports conducted trauma-informed training for local coaches, teachers and mentors on January 15-16 at AMERIND Risk. The two-day training provided a framework for both addressing trauma and helping youth build supportive relations and social-emotional skills that translate to other areas of their lives. This holistic approach was received well by the trainees and many of them found direct connection to the work they currently do with Native youth.

"Every moment, every minute you get to spend with kids is important to them, the little things matter. Relationships are important and I want to celebrate the little things with them," Carla Herrera, Youth Fitness Assistant at Tamaya Wellness Center said. "The training will benefit my program and my attitude as a coach, I understand that even though they are [children], they do go through a lot and encounter stressful situations. I am better equipped now to deal with their stressors and reevaluate how to approach them so they have a more positive experience in our programs."

National Director of Training for UP2US Sports, Andres De La Peza, said that he believes this training can impact the coaches and youth in Native communities because it helps everyone understand that behavior tells a story. By observing behavior, coaches are able to understand how to work with kids, he said.

"One of the most important lessons coaches can take home with them is coaching for outcomes," De La Peza said. "We want to make sure we are doing everything with intention, that allows us to be successful as possible and helps us get the most out of our practices."
A Day of Fun, Health and Inspiration
NB3FIT kicked off its 2019 year by providing a high-energy, interactive day of sport and education on Sunday, January 27 2019 at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course. Together, Nike N7, NB3 Foundation, First Tee of Phoenix, and the Ak-Chin Indian Community partnered to engage over 150 Native American youth in a day of inspiration, learning and fun. This unique partnership delivered health and youth leadership training and golf development as part of “The Greatest Show on Grass,” the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Welcome NEW TEAM MEMBERS Alva and Sacha!
Alva Gachupin (left) joins the NB3 Foundation as our Evaluation Coordinator . Ms. Gachupin will assist program evaluation efforts, including outputs, outcomes and impact of the NB3 Foundation. Alva will also work with program staff to collect appropriate information and assist with primary data collection tools. Prior to joining the NB3 Foundation in 2019, Alva came from the Department of Health as a Project Coordinator where she worked with tribes, pueblos, and nations within New Mexico. Alva has been in the field of Public Health for six years.
Alva earned her Bachelors in Exercise Science at Fort Lewis College and she continues to be motivated to pursue her graduate degree in the next couple of years. Alva is from Jemez Pueblo where she resides with her family. She enjoys spending time with her family, and most importantly her two-year-old daughter who keeps her going. Alva also enjoys running and staying physically active.

Sacha Smith (right) joins the NB3 Foundation as our Advancement Administrative Assistant. Sacha supports the Director of Advancement’s efforts to expand and strengthen NB3F’s development and communication activities. Prior to joining the NB3 Foundation in 2018, Sacha worked as media manager for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, in Ignacio, Colorado. During her time as media manager, the tribal newspaper received many journalism awards including the general excellence award from the Native American Journalists Association.

Sacha earned her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of New Mexico in 2012. She is an enrolled member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and resides in Albuquerque, NM with her partner Eric and their son Theodore. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing recreational sports.  
Attending NIGA? Come laugh with us at the Fifth Annual Native Strong Comedy Slam!
It’s the 5th Annual Native Strong Comedy Slam on Wednesday night, April 3, 2019, starting at 6:30 PM with cocktails outside the Edge Room at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.

Three extremely funny Native American comics including your emcee for the night, Larry Omaha, will come together to benefit the Notah Begay III Foundation and its critically important work addressing the health and fitness of Native American youth.
Healthy Beverage Summit
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Join the NB3 Foundation and the Water First! Learning Community for the 3rd Healthy Beverage Summit at Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel. This Summit brings together community members, organizations and agencies committed to reducing the consumption of sugary-sweetened beverages (SSBs) amongst Native American children. Together we can ensure Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures!

The goals of the Healthy Beverage Summit are to:
  1. Inspire, motivate, connect and celebrate participants working to promote healthy drinking alternatives for Native American children from birth to age 8.
  2. Advance knowledge and practices to reduce Native American childhood obesity and diabetes.
  3. Guide dialogue, encourage partnerships and build networks among conference participants.
For more information, contact Dakotah Jim at
Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! National Conference
September 9-11, 2019
This one-of-a-kind conference promises to be a highly engaging, interactive and motivating event. Held at the beautiful Sandia Resort and Casino on September 9-11, 2019, attendees will learn new and exciting ways to enhance their youth and community’s health and fitness. Network with and learn from tribal and Native experts, organizations and communities working to improve the health and physical activity of Native American children. 

Make plans to join us in September 2019 to take home tips, knowledge and inspiration for your work. Together we will ensure Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! 

For more information, contact Cyanne Lujan at
November 4-10, 2019
The largest national event to engage Native youth in health and fitness at one time! Join us in a movement to MOVE!

For more information, contact Sacha Smith at
Request for Proposals: Strategic Planning & Facilitation
We are excited to announce that the Notah Begay III Foundation will be embarking on a new strategic planning process in March 2019. We are seeking proposals for Strategic Planning Facilitation and Development. Please view the RFP on our website .