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Emerging Native American elite runners, in the 20th and 21st century, who have gained significant status as track and distance runners, have faced more hurdles than their counterparts. For most Native Americans, the concept of standing out individually can be at odds with Native American culture, which promotes commitment to family and community.
At the college athletics level, individual achievement is encouraged and rewarded. This sometimes aggressive and individualistic view can hinder the advancement of Native American athletes. Of the many Native American tribes in North American, the Navajo Nation is the largest with over 11 million acres and almost 400,000 tribal members. Additionaly, 23 registered tribes of the 564 tribes in the Four Corner's Region alone.
There is a great need to assist potential world-class bound Native American runners. In the United States, unless you're a star who benefits from endorsement contracts, you're on your own. Only 5-7% of the U.S. Olympic ™ Committee's revenues go directly to athletes training expenses.
Expanded Target Population
Nideiltihi Native Elite Runners wants to update the AZ, NM, CO, and UT communities about our expanded target population. Our expansion area currently will be:
- Navajo Nation
- Hopi Tribe
- Ute Mountain Tribe
- Southern Ute Tribe
- Jicarilla Apache Tribe
- The Pueblos of Sandia, Zuni, Taos, Picuris, San Juan, Nambe, San Ildefonso, Pajoaque, Santo Domingo, Jemez, Zia, Santa Ana, Isleta, Laguna, Tesuque, Cochiti, San Felipe, and Acoma
Nideiltihi Native Elite Runners, Inc. is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization formed for charitable and educational purposes at the local & national level.
NNER fosters Native American Indian distance runners,in the Four Corner’s States , to represent USA in national road and track competitions; encourages wellness, relevant life skills, and supporting elite youth in post season national competition while integrating traditions, culture and Native language.
We will increase the opportunities for emerging Native American distance runners, by creating a support network at multiple levels:
- Youth running programs to engage, identify and support emerging Native American runners and provide Roundtable Seminars to Coaches in order to bridge the gap which continues to exist
- Assist athletes in making the transition from high school to College and then elite competition
- Training, logistical and financial support for elite athletes pursuing a berth on the U.S. Olympic Team
For more information, click BECOMING AN ELITE
NNER High School Camp
The Northern Arizona University Center for High Altitude Training partnered with Nideiltihi Native Elite Runners (NNER) to provide running camp scholarships for high school students.
These scholarships are funded by charitable donations made to the center's Native American Initiatives fund and provide select top Native American ALL STAR Cross Country runners the opportunity to attend the “Introductory Altitude Camp” during the summer at Northern Arizona University.