Our Vision is for all Native American youth to lead full and healthy lives, to have equal access to opportunity, and to draw strength from their culture and inspire one another.
MENOMINEE INDIAN, SICANGU LAKOTA OF ROSEBUD SOUTH DAKOTA, AND MISSISSIPPI BAND OF CHOCTAW INDIAN
Sinte Mahpiya Epata Nickey was born in Shawano, Wisconsin and is Menominee Indian, Lakota Sioux, and Mississippi Choctaw. He has just graduated from Menominee Indian High School in Keshena, Wisconsin and sets out to become part of the United States Air Force.
"An athlete must be strong physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. This is why I have chosen war canoe racing, a traditional sport to promote health and mental wellness. Racing not only brings life back to a traditional and endangered sport, it honors our elders and brings back the teachings and practices of our schlengen -- our way of life."