Publications - The Notah Begay III Foundation


The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation released a report that focuses on the range of factors that affect health of New Mexico’s Native American children and families. The report, What Shapes the Health of Native American Children in New Mexico?, looks at the social determinants of health that contribute to childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.


Physical Activity in Indian Country – A commentary in the Journal of Preventive Medicine
This commentary article shares promising strengths, strategies and approaches in effectively and culturally supporting Native communities in promoting the health of their children through movement, the connection to their land, language, culture and traditional knowledge.

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Exploring Native Health: First Two Year’s of NB3 Foundation’s Native Strong Program

In August 2013, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NB3 Foundation launched its national Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures program. Native Strong is a program of grant making, technical assistance, research, communication and advocacy for Native youth health. This report provides a brief background on the first two years of grant funding (39 grant recipients) highlighting grantee strengths, challenges and accomplishments, sharing NB3 Foundation’s evaluation approaches and finally, concludes with recommendations to help guide the Foundation’s future grant making efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of Native American children.

Exploring Native Health: First Two Year's of NB3 Foundation's Native Strong Program














2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report














The Social Determinants of Health of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity: A Research Framework

The research framework report examines existing research on the social determinants of health from an Indigenous perspective. In addition to examining the role of poverty, graduation rates and access to healthy food, to name a few, the framework also focuses on the role of historical trauma, self determination and access to cultural practices to better understand the causes of Native American childhood obesity. This research framework is designed to help the NB3 Foundation build a fuller understanding of the root causes and solutions to childhood obesity in Indian Country.

For a copy of the Executive Summary or the Full Report, please click on images:

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Native Youth Leaders: Revitalizing and Embracing Wellness Through Food Report

This report outlines key activities, themes and outcomes of the Native Youth Leaders: Revitalizing and Embracing Wellness Through Food gathering at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 4, 2015. The purpose of the Native Youth Leader gathering was to bring Native youth together from different communities to share their efforts with food and wellness, to learn from one another, and to grow their networks. The Notah Begay III Foundation, Ogallala Commons, and First Nations Development Institute wish to express gratitude to all those who made this gathering possible.

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From my childhood I have been told, just like numerous others have been told, that one day our grandparents and parents will no longer walk this earth and that we will be the ones responsible for carrying on the teachings shared with us from the ones that have come before us, to help those that will come after us. The Native Youth Leaders gathering was an echo of that reality.

Nikki Tulley, NB3F/ Ogallala Commons Intern