As the year ends, we would like to extend our gratitude for your support of our work, which has helped us have such an impactful year. In 2022, we had our largest cross-country team in program history; we expanded our direct programs hosting our first-ever summer sports camp featuring basketball, tennis, cross-country and soccer; and celebrated our junior golf team reaching big milestones on and off the course.

In addition to direct programs offered by NB3FIT, our Community Empowerment team continued strengthening community knowledge by leading two cohorts made up of ten communities across Indian Country. Our Evaluation and Research team presented and shared the “Keeping Track: Toolkit for Indigenous Youth Program Evaluation” more widely, digitized the NB3FIT knowledge kits and developed Indigenized knowledge kit icons that resonate with Native youth and their cultural identity.

While we reflect on an encouraging year behind us, we are still focused on the work ahead. Native communities and youth serving programs still need adequate funding and resources to address barriers affecting their children’s health. With your support, we will continue being a leader in Native children’s health working with communities to provide new learning opportunities, resources and direct programs.

With a donation this holiday season, you can provide scholarships for Native youth to attend summer camp; cover the costs of equipment and healthy snacks for youth programs; and help fund community-led initiatives focused on improving the lives of Native youth.

Donations can be made directly on our website at, or mailed to NB3 Foundation at 290 Prairie Star Rd, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004. Every dollar is needed to ensure Native families have access to healthy youth programs for their children.

We appreciate your generosity and support this time of year!

Happy holidays,
Cyanne Lujan
Director off Advancement

Over 150 runners/walkers and supporters came out for the 2022 NB3FIT Community XC Race on Sunday, November 13. The community run is held annually by the NB3 Foundation to in an effort to encourage healthy activities during Native American Heritage Month! This noncompetitive race is one fun way we choose to promote family and community health during November. We also host the Zero to 60 Challenge and NB3FIT Month campaigns each year.

We were happy to see our NB3FIT Cross Country team and  Running Medicine youth runners take on the 2k, 3k and 5k courses Sunday! These youth are running at their best this time of year and is such a encouraging sight to see.  However, the ever-popular Family 1K race always seems to steal the show. Families with babies, parents and grandparents all join in on the final race together. We love to see that families are choosing healthy activities, not only for their children, but for their family as whole!

We thank Santa Ana Golf Club for their support of the foundation and Native youth. They allow us to host our race on their course each year, and it never disappoints. Special thank you to Nike N7 for contributing race shirts and for our community allies for coming out and spreading information to families. The race isn’t possible without our volunteers who consist of staff family members and program youth parents. All of  who show up early in the morning to help make sure the day runs smoothly: making the race a true community effort from start to finish.

We hope to see you all again next year!

United Soccer Coaches announced the recipients of the 2022 Coaches Communities Awards of Excellence on Thursday.The recipients will be honored during the annual Advocacy Hour Reception at 4:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2023, and the annual Women’s Soccer Coaches Breakfast at 8:00 am on Saturday, January 14, 2023, during the 83rd annual United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.The Coaches Communities Awards of Excellence honor an individual, organization or other entity that has shown a commitment and outstanding work on behalf of the values of each respective group, meeting the association’s highest ideals of inclusion and diversity in the game.The recipients of this year’s Coaches Communities Awards of Excellence are:Asian/Pacific Islander Coaches Award of Excellence – Tiffany Roberts SahaydakBlack Coaches Award of Excellence – Kendall ReyesDisabilities Allies Award of Excellence – Stuart SharpFaith-Based Coaches Award of Excellence – John OrozcoLatino Coaches Award of Excellence – Cynthia CervantesLGBTQ+ & Allies Award of Excellence – Yunio MartinezNative American Coaches Award of Excellence – NB3 FoundationWomen Coaches Award of Excellence – Staci Wilson

“We are excited and honored to be recognized by United Soccer Coaches. Our soccer story started years ago with the hope of introducing the game more widely in Native communities. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our story and to encourage others to do the same.”


NB3FIT XC Team has top finishes the regular season at the USATF NM State Meet at Sky City Casino in Acoma Pueblo. Three of the age groups had top three finishes.
11-12 3K girls finished third place, 8 and under girls finished 2nd and 8 and under boys finished 3rd place.

The team has it’s eyes set on the USATF Regionals Meet in Lyons, Colo. on Saturday, Nov. 19. All runners from the state meet qualified for regionals and are eligible to compete.

The recent time change has put a wrench in training for the team, but the youth and coaches have made the most of it using headlamps while they practice in evenings. They have also stayed in race shape by running in the foundation’s own NB3FIT Community XC Race this past Sunday at the Santa Ana Golf Club.

Looking ahead to this weekend, Regionals will be a great learning experience for runners and families. Youth runners from across the South West will be in Lyons, hoping to get the qualifying spot for nationals next month!

We wish all runners, families and friends safe travels and looking forward to how Team NB3FIT will finish!

State Results:
Top 15 individual finishes include:

2K Boys
Jake Aguilar 7th place – 9:24.84

2K Girls
Tenaeya Calabaza 12th – 10:07.43
Emma Ansera – 15th – 10:22.43

3K Girls
9-10 Girls Ava Toya 9th – 14:39.87

3K Boys
Boys Quniton Begay 9th – 11:30.87

3K Girls (11-12)
Desinayah Pacheco 8th – 12:22.64
Jacqueline Durand 10th – 12:47.112
Gionni Quiver 15th – 13:12:73

4k female
Aja Casiquito 12th – 20:44:08
Analyn  Toya 13th – 21:03:25
Jaylana Sanders 14th –  21:23:22

Team Results:

8 and under girls – 2nd Place

8 and under boys – 3rd Place

11-12 girls – 2nd Place

Full State Results:

Join us in welcoming Jan Aguilar, Pueblo of San Felipe, to the NB3 Foundation team!

In her role, she will perform office and clerical tasks and provide administrative support to the executive team and staff. Jan will be the first face who greets visitors to the organization and has already jumped in demonstrating how helpful and thoughtful she is.  For general questions or help connecting to a particular program, please reach out to Jan at or by calling the mainline at 505-867-0775.

“My motivation is being a part of a team who change and empower many of our Indigenous youth and families around the world. All children have the ability and confidence to enjoy life. Embracing them with good ethics will lead to healthy futures” – Jan Aguilar

The NB3FIT cross country kicked off the 2022 season with 70 youth runners on the roster; the most in the program’s history. Since then, the team has competed in four meets including meets in Las Cruces and El Paso, Texas. The next few weeks the team will be back in the Albuquerque metro area before hitting the road again to regional race in Lyons, Colo on November 19.  You can catch the team in action next at the Cougar Track Club Meet at Ben Grenier Dam on October 22.

Top finishes in El Paso meet 09/24/2022) :
Jake Aguilar, 4th place 6 & under
Eli Light-Chee, 5th place 6 & under
Jacqueline Durand, 6th place 11-12 Girls
Desinayah Pacheco, 5th place 11-12 Girls
Quinton Begay, 6th place 11-12 Boys
JayLana Sanders, 3rd place 13-14 Girls

Top finishes at Dukes Track Club Meet (10/8/2022):
Desinayah Pacheco: 6th place 11-12 Girls
Chris Wynos: 2nd Place 17-18 Boys
Mosiah Silentalker: 3rd Place 15-16 Boys
Marcus Tenorio: 1st Place 13-14 Boys
Quinton Begay: 3rd Place 11-12 Boys

The Notah Begay III New Mexico Grande Slam fundraising golf event returned to the Santa Ana Golf Club on Thursday, Sept. 29.
The premier golf event celebrating and supporting New Mexico’s children has been on hold since the beginning of the pandemic, but welcomed back over 125-golfers this year. Golfer from across the US and Canada turned out in support of Notah and his passion for healthy youth and communities.

Led by Begay and and the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, the golf tournament serves as an annual fundraiser for not only the foundation but nonprofits around the state. This year, the proceeds with benefit two local organizations: The Somos Unidos Foundation and  Native American Professional Parent Resources, NAPPR, Inc.

Since 2016, the event has raised over $750,00 for the NB3 Foundation and a dozen other organizations focused on eliminating disparities, creating opportunities and providing hope for children in New Mexico.

This year’s special guests include former professional baseball player and World Series champion, Jacoby Ellsbury and NM United’s own Chris Wehan and Kalen Ryden.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2022 Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference at Sandia Resort and Casino earlier this month. The NB3 Foundation staff worked hard the last eight months to make sure conference attendees had access to a variety of resources and knowledge sharing tools. We are happy to have welcomed back over 100 attendees from 30 different communities across the country.

We’re proud of our staff’s eagerness to bring the conference back to the community after two years. There were more unknowns than certainties in the planning process, but with the help of many along the way we were able to pull off a successful comeback to the conference circuit.  We know there are definitely areas for improvement at next year’s conference, and we know that thanks to attendee feedback on conference knowledge kits. Thank you for your feedback, engagement and suggestions that’ll help make the next event even more impactful for attendees.

We’d also like to send our gratitude and much deserved recognition to our creative presenters who traveled to share their knowledge and tools with attendees. No one is an expert at everything, so we are thankful to have such great support from our fellow Native organizations, tribes and facilitators.

As we reflect and begin to plan for the 2023 conference, we know the Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference will always be a welcoming space for community members to learn together, reconnect and elevate each other’s work for the benefit of our Native youth and communities. We cannot wait to see you July 10-12, 2023 at the Sandia Resort and Casino for our next convening.

In health,
NB3 Foundation Staff

Photos from the 2022 conference

Through its Community Empowerment program, the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation recently awarded $146,000 to six Native-led organizations and tribal communities in New Mexico supporting existing programs that focus on improving and sustaining Native youth health. 

Joining the NB3 Foundation Native Youth on the Move cohort includes: 

  • Bidii Baby Foods, The BEN Initiative, in Cudeii, New Mexico will build on their land-based learning youth program, that provides a safe outdoor environment for youth to engage in physical activities on the farm. They will focus on land-based learning, farm-to-table cooking classes and Indigenous youth farmer capacity building.  
  • First Nations Community HealthSource, in Albuquerque, New Mexico will strengthen its Community Health and Wellness Project (CHWP). The project creates healthy lifestyle opportunities that involve physical activity, access to healthy food, and cultural connections. The program’s cultural framework encourages a culturally inclusive social environment and reframes how youth perceive physical activities and healthy eating. 
  • Navajo Ethno-Agriculture, based in Fruitland, New Mexico will work on strengthening their “Preserving Culture, through Farming, Food and Fitness” program. The program is aimed at enhancing the farming program to offer healthy food preparation teachings and to highlight the physical activity, fitness, and mental wellness associated with strong cultural teachings. 
  • One Generation, in Corrales, New Mexico, will support its Indigenous Farm Hub’s “Farm to School” program. The grant will help support building capacity and curriculum development to sustain the program’s partnership with Native American Community Academy (NACA) and the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy (ASLA) to provide direct access to fresh and nutritious food while providing Indigenous agricultural, language and cultural education. 
  • Pueblo of Zia Education Department, in Zia Pueblo, New Mexico is strengthening their afterschool and summer programs to provide initiatives of mentorship, educational services, and community-based support to build future leaders of Zia to sustain the culture and traditions.  
  • Ramah Navajo School Board, in Pine Hill, New Mexico is strengthening the Ramah Navajo Youth Enrichment Series. The program will implement prevention strategies that address diabetes, suicide, and substance abuse issues in the community and promote overall health and wellness for the youth and families.

In the 18-month grant period, Nb3 Foundation will work alongside community partners providing cyber huddles, technical assistance and learning opportunities to advance the cohort towards their goals.  

“We are excited to learn and share with new community partners from across the state of New Mexico. The Native Youth on the Move grants are another way for Native led organizations and communities to offer creative ways to ensure Native youth achieve their full potential, as it pertains to their health and wellbeing,” Leroy Silva, NB3 Foundation community coordinator said.

Native Youth on the Move recipients will help the NB3 Foundation reach its mission to ensure Native children achieve their full potential by advancing cultures of Native American community health. 

Support for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.