Honor Our Mothers and Grandmothers – Running Strong

Honor Our Mothers and Grandmothers – Running Strong

This Sunday is Mother's Day, and Running Strong reminds us that it is also the beginning of National Women's Health Week. Running Strong is a non-profit organization whose programs aim to help Native communities, especially women and children's health. Here's what they have to say about their women's health programs.

“The legacies of colonialism, including historical trauma, the erosion of family relations from the boarding school era, and the contamination of subsistence life ways have created many challenges for American Indian women. Running Strong strives to help Indian women heal from past hardships, gain pride in their cultural identity, and develop skills to fulfill their goals.”


Running Strong was founded in part by Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota) as his way. In Lakota culture, someone who achieves great success has a ‘giveaway' to thank the support system of family and friends who helped him achieve his goal. Part of Billy’s “giveaway” is the help this organization brings to Native communities.

For more information on this organization and ways you can donate or help, visit their website Running Strong for American Indian Youth at IndianYouth.org.

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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