The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation announces the release of a unique video web series, “Water First! Journeys of 8 Indigenous Communities”. The web series captures the inspiring stories of eight Native communities’ efforts to reduce the consumption of sugary-sweetened beverages and increase the consumption of safe drinking water among youth in their community or promote breastfeeding.


The videos, while wonderful stories, are also the final evaluation “reports” for the community partners (grantees). Instead of being asked to write and submit final reports, community partners were asked to tell their own stories via these final videos, showcasing NB3 Foundation’s approach to community-based evaluation. These stories demonstrate the Foundation’s belief that communities have the inherent knowledge, values and assets to resolve their own challenges and successes.
“Our focus for this project was to learn from our community partners, uplift and share their journey’s in developing community led solutions and help improve the health of their children,” NB3 Foundation President and CEO Justin Kii Huenemann said.


Please enjoy and learn from these Indigenous stories and communities, each dedicated to improving the health of their young people, decreasing sugary-sweetened beverages and increasing water consumption.

Watch the Water First! Journeys HERE!

Our Water First! Cohort Community Partners:

The (Service To All Relations) STAR School

Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos 

Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (ZYEP)

Jemez Public Health Program

Tamaya Wellness Center

Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment Project (COPE)

Kewa Family Wellness Center

Ramah Navajo School Board