Resources - The Notah Begay III Foundation

 Featured Resources from our Community Partners


Qaqamiigux: Head Start Traditional Foods Preschool Curriculum is an educational tool that aims to instill healthy eating habits and lifestyles in young children utilizing Unangan and Unangas traditional foods, language and culture. The curriculum includes activities that engage the children, parents and community members. This curriculum could be adapted by other tribal communities to build off their own traditional and cultural foods and activities to encourage healthy eating habits and lifestyles in preschool settings.
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc., Alaska


The Healthy Navajo Stores Initiativeis a technical, educational and promotional resource for the implementation of the Healthy Navajo Stores Initiative. This toolkit could be adapted by tribal communities to increase the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables and traditional foods in stores located in your community.
Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE), Navajo Nation 


Ancestral Diet Curriculum for Kids, Ancestral Eating Recipes and Indigenized Fitness Curriculum for Kids are curriculums designed by the Bad River Tribe to support their children’s programming in the Birch Hill Housing Community that better reflect and culturally support healthier lifestyles. These curriculums could be utilized or adapted by tribal communities to incorporate traditional fitness and indigenous foods into their own programming with kids.
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Wisconsin




Built Environment

    • The National Center and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Release Informational Brief on Safe Routes to School in Tribal Communities
      A new information brief issued by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and written by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership provides an overview of successful strategies to implementing Safe Routes to School in tribal communities. While many approaches for implementing Safe Routes to School in tribal areas are similar to those in other communities, there are some considerations that are more specific to tribal communities that influence strategy selection and implementation.This informational brief highlights three tribal communities in New Mexico, Montana, and Oklahoma that have successfully improved safety for walking and bicycling to school and describes the strategies these communities are using to implement Safe Routes to School and active transportation.
    • Video: Step It Up! Help Make Our Communities Walkable
      U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy announced a new ‘Call to Action’ to promote walking and walkable communities across the United States. The report features five goals “to make the United States a walkable nation,” including designing walkable communities promoting school- and community-based walking programs, and educating people about the health benefits of walking.
    • Active Places for Rural Communities: Three factsheets highlight SRTS in rural settings
      The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has developed three new factsheets to help overcome obstacles and get rural dwellers the health benefits of walking and bicycling. The first provides an introduction to Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and highlights why SRTS is good for rural communities. The second explores the challenges of SRTS in rural areas, and highlights successful rural programs and the innovative approaches they’ve used to overcome hurdles. The third takes on rural active transportation generally, setting out an approach for how rural communities can support walking and bicycling more broadly.
    • Built Environment Assessment Tool
      The CDC’s new Built Environment Assessment Tool measures the core features of the built environment that affect health, especially walking, biking, and other types of physical activity.
    • Buehler, R, Götschi, T, Winters, M. Moving Toward Active Transportation: How Policies Can Encourage Walking and Bicycling. San Diego, CA: Active Living Research; 2016.

Healthy Foods

Healthy Schools

    • CDC Parents for Healthy Schools Guide
      Parent engagement in schools is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage parents in meaningful ways, and parents are committed to actively supporting their children’s and adolescents’ learning and development. Drawing from research and best practices from schools across the country, the CDC created strategies for parent engagement in school health to give schools a framework for engaging parents in school health activities.
    • CDC New Healthy Schools Website
      This site will be the main resource for school-based Physical Activity, Management of Chronic Conditions, School Health Guidelines, Resources for Schools, Health, and Education Agencies, Local School Wellness Policy, and Tools and Training
    • Report: USDA Farm to School Grant Program
      This report summarizes highlights from the first three years of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program. To date, the program has funded 221 projects, totaling 15.1 million dollars. The report shows that the grant program has helped 12,300 schools improve nutritious meal options made with local ingredients for 6.9 million students. Secretary Vilsack noted that “farm to school has a proven track record of encouraging kids to eat more healthy foods and creating new market opportunities for the farmers that grow them.”
    • Report: U.S. Department of Education School Environment Listening Sessions Final Report
      This report highlights testimonies and concerns, lessons learned, and recommendations that were made apparent during the 2014 School Environment Listening Tour. The sessions gathered information from students, teachers, school administrators and staff, parents, tribal leaders, and other stakeholders in AI/AN education. WHIAIANE acted as a listener, allowing students and others to speak openly about their school environments.

Healthy Weight

    • Report: Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions: Workshop in Brief
      On October 6, 2015, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop titled “Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions.” The workshop examined what is currently known about the prevalence of obesity in young children, its trends over time, and its persistence into later childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; epigenetic factors related to risk of early childhood obesity; and the development of taste and flavor preferences in the first few years of life. The workshop explored recent developments in the science of modifiable protective and risk factors associated with obesity through age 5, including a mother’s pre-pregnancy weight and weight gain during pregnancy; smoking during pregnancy; breastfeeding; complementary feeding, responsive parenting; and sleep, activity, and sedentary behavior in young children. This brief summary of the workshop highlights the observations made at the workshop by the speakers and during the discussion sessions.
    • Report: Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions: Workshop Summary
      On April 14-15, 2015, the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a 2-day workshop titled “Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions.” The workshop was held to provide an expert summary of the state of the science regarding the impact of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity and to highlight innovative strategies for promoting physical activity across different segments of the population. The workshop explored the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of obesity and featured expert speakers and discussion on the scientific basis for a focus on physical activity in obesity prevention and treatment. The workshop included presenters and discussants on the subject of primary prevention of overweight and obesity in adults and children, as well as physical activity in overweight and obese populations. The workshop also provided a space for speakers and attendees to share innovative strategies for promoting physical activity and preventing obesity in diverse settings and through various channels.


    • Report: Native Children’s Policy Agenda: Putting First Kids 1st
      Native children form the backbone of future tribal success and someday will lead the charge to create thriving and vibrant communities, which is why four national Native organizations – the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, the National Indian Education Association, and the National Indian Health Board – have come together to update the joint policy agenda for Native youth. The goal of this policy agenda is to set forth specific recommendations to improve the social, emotional, mental, physical, and economic health of children and youth, allowing them to achieve their learning and developmental potential.
    • Report: The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America
      This report provides an in depth overview of obesity rates across the country over the past year. Findings underscore the need to continue promoting good nutrition and physical activity for all, especially starting in early childhood.
    • Navajo Food Policy Toolkit
      Attorneys and students from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) and coalition partners with the COPE Project under the REACH for Health Navajo Communities program launched, “Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Food Policy to Work in the Navajo Nation.” This policy toolkit provides community food advocates and government officials an overview of food laws and policies that impact the food environment in the Navajo Nation. Tribal Council Delegate, Jonathan Hale states, “It’s a tool that is very beneficial to address our people’s health issues, and it’s a solution through education at home so we may see the long term benefits for our families.”
    • From Start to Finish: How to Permanently Improve Government Through Health in All Policies 
      This is an introduction to Health in All Policies. It outlines five key strategies for effectively adopting and implementing one of ChangeLab Solutions’ Commitment to Change Model Policies, which formalize a strong Health in All Policies initiative. These five key strategies are: Engage & Envision, Convene & Collaborate, Make a Plan, Invest in Change, and Track Progress.


    • Child Data Profiles
      Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management developed an online resource, This resource allows you to explore hundreds of measures of child well-being and policy analysis, including maps, rankings and policy assessment, including data on American Indians/Alaska Native children, where available. Access the Child Data Profiles and Visualization Resource online.
    • HealthData+Obesity App
      HealthData+, a partnership between the Public Health Institute and LiveStories with support from the California HealthCare Foundation, created the winning entry in a national competition designed to address obesity in communities across the country. HealthData+Obesity was created to help health officers tell a powerful story about the root causes of obesity—and what communities can do to address it.

Youth leadership

    • Champions for Change Toolkit
      Interested in creating your own Champions for Change initiative in your community? The 2013 CFCs developed a Champions for Change Toolkit to encourage local tribal and urban Indian communities to recognize and celebrate Native American youth leaders across the nation



Native Food Sovereignty Fellows VISTA positions
Open till filled

Good Sports Accepting Applications for Athletic Equipment Grants
Good Sports
Deadline Rolling

Start a Snowball Invites Applications for Youth Philanthropy Projects
Start a Snowball, Inc.
Deadline Rolling

Community Grant Program
The Walmart Foundation
Deadline Rolling

Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for School
The Chef Ann Foundation
Deadline Rolling

Youth Microgrants
Karma for Care Foundation
Deadline Rolling

Developing Healthy Places Grant
The Kresge Foundation
Deadline Rolling

Community Grants
The Safeway Foundation
Deadline Rolling

Sustainable Environments Grants
The Surdna Foundation
Deadline Rolling

Programmatic Grants | Legacy Grants | Founder’s Grants
Finish Line Youth Foundation
Deadline Rolling

Youth Baseball and Softball Grants
Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Deadline Rolling

Community Innovation Grant Program
The Bush Foundation
Deadline Rolling

Strengthening Organizations Grant
The Alaska Community Foundation
Deadline: Rolling

Strategic Campaign Funds
Voices for Healthy Kids
Deadline: Rolling

Charitable Giving Program Actively Seeking Native Health Proposals
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Deadline: Rolling



Small Grants
Clif Bar Family Foundation
Deadline: February 1, 2018

 Webinars/ Trainings/ Conferences

Active Living Research Annual Conference
February 11-14, 2018 / Banff, Canada

9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 26-27, 2018 | Cincinnati, Ohio

SAVE THE DATE 5th annual Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) Conference
May 19 – 21, 2018 | Raleigh NC