OPINION: Senator Jim Jeffords, my fellow Rutland Vermont skier, just passed on at 80, but his heroic contributions live on, including one that has been virtually a secret. With the help of EIGHT Native American leaders, he helped reduce U.S. dental mercury by 48%, which has spread to 105 countries.
About Suzy ChaffeeSuzy Chaffee got world headlines ski racing in the '68 Grenoble Olympics, and as a child ballerina helped invent ski ballet to became World Freestyle Champion and star in Bogner's world hit "Fire & Ice." As the first woman on the USOC board she united world athletes to reform the Olympic rules; led the Title 1X March for Equal Opportunities for women in school sports; and is ski teacher for Presidents, corporations and Native youth. Chaffee co-founded the Native Voices Foundation in 1996, now called the Native American Olympic Team Foundation (NAOTF), which has inspired ski areas across North America to invite thousands of tribal youth back to their ancestral lands to ski and snowboard. That inspired their Elders to lead Gratitude Snowdances that have saved ski resorts from priceless droughts and given youth a chance at the 2012 London and 2014 Russian Olympics. © Suzy Chaffee. (Note: The opinions expressed by Ms. Chaffee do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of this site or its publisher.)
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OPINION: As an Olympic skier, I want to thank all those who prayed for the joy and safety of everyone at Russia’s surprisingly “awesome” games. Joining with the Olympic families, were Christian Scientists, Native Americans, Aetherius Society, Monks of Moscow and so many more to help preserve this greatest force for Peace, Understanding, Healing, and Unity for over 1,000 years in Ancient times, and 100 years in Modern times.
OPINION: To further help heal and unite America, on February 26, New Mexico’s Sipapu ski area announced that it is joining Pajarito Mt and Ski Santa Fe in offering landmark affordable skiing and snowboarding opportunities to the tribes of New Mexico and Arizona.
OPINION: The Olympics has been the greatest force for Peace, Understanding, Healing, and Unity for over 1000 years in Ancient times and 100 years in Modern times. Given that Olympic heroes have inspired countless youth to be happily healthy, productive, brilliant and generous, we hope you will take a moment to join this world prayer for “The Joy and Safety of the Sochi Olympics,” heartened by how it has worked for the last five Olympics.
After launching in early January the most generous Native snowsports outreach in history, inviting tribal youth of New Mexico and Arizona to ski in their Los Alamos Mountain, Pajarito Mt temporarily had to close for lack of enough snow. So Santa Fe Ski Area’s GM Benny Abruzzo heroically agreed to provide Pajarito and these tribal youth […]
On January 4, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, nestled near New Mexico’s Bandelier Canyon Cliff Dwellings going back 11,000 years, magnanimously launched an unprecedented snowsports outreach for the tribal youth of New Mexico and Arizona. It was thanks so much to ski instructor David Vosburgh, also director of the Native Nations Sports Ambassadors program, working with our […]
OPINION: After Mexico became No. 1 in obesity and diabetes in June, their new President Pena Nieto surprisingly recommended as a solution the no-carb herbal sweetener stevia discovered by the South American tribes. And while soda lovers criticized Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign to reduce the size of sodas, most fit Americans and Mexicans cheered on their bold interventions.
OPINION: On this 4th of July, wouldn’t it be a dream come true for the U.S. and many World Citizens if President Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of independence and Bill of Rights, came back at this pivotal time to coach us on getting our Grand Experiment in Democracy back on course?
OPINION: New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg(D), a phenomenal champion of American Children and Nature, passed on last week at 89. At his NY funeral he was deeply honored by half the Senate on both sides of the aisle, plus NJ Governor Chris Christie (R), Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden for his passion and foresight in saving millions of Americans through his No Smoking law, raising the drinking age to 21, and fighting for women’s rights and gun control.
ARTICLE: In 1977, fellow Olympic skier Billy Kidd and I had an adventure of a lifetime, skiing with Iranian Queen Farah Diba Pahlavi in their fresh “Persian Powder.” It was to promote skiing and goodwill with Iran, made possible by two visionary friends, the popular TV host Barry ZeVan and Iran’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ardeshir Zahedi.
ARTICLE: The National Ski Areas Association’s NRDC study said that Colorado and Utah would be losing its snow by the end of the century unless there is an intervention – the East likely earlier. Fortunately, a consensus of the UN’s 192 countries in 2012 identified the key to regenerating Earth: a combination of science/green energy and Ancient Wisdom, especially through the tribes.
OPINION: For the last two hundred million years up until 1970, our ‘home’ looked like this beautiful blue planet from Apollo 17 with three satellites orbiting it. Today, earth is shrouded with about 1,100 satellites, most for cell phone companies, and a half a million pieces of trashed ones, and most dangerous of all, some dumped nuclear waste. Together they are blocking the critical sunlight that Man and Nature need to happily thrive.
OPINION: What if we had the power to reduce the roots of violence by 50% – including one in three women raped world-wide – through a simple diet shift and planting fruit trees in schools? Thanks to UN’s One Billion Rising, women joined with enlightened men, world leaders and stars, like Ann Hathaway and Jane […]
OPINION: People around the world have recently mourned the passing of Whitney, Amy Winehouse, and First Lady Betty Ford, exemplified by the touching New Years Tributes and Grammy Salute to Whitney. With the help of doctors Drew, Phil and Gupte these (celestial) shooting stars left us with priceless lessons to prevent or recover from alcoholism.
OPINION: “Some good must come of this,” has been the cry after one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Little has been done after a decade of school massacres. “We have 15 times more gun violence than any other country, and we must learn from them,” said […]
ARTICLE: The World’s Youth say we need emergency action to create a ‘Future We Want.’ Hurricane Sandy helped the doubting Toms recognize that the greatest threat to our National Security and humanity is Climate Change.
eNewsChannels COLUMN: October’s launch of the UN’s Girl Empowerment Initiative, and revelation that three Native American women represented the U.S. and their Indian Nations at London’s Olympics, are creating ripples of hope and prosperity for depressed Nations in the U.S. and around the world. PHOTO Caption (above): “I will always love this team,” said “phenom” […]
OPINION: It is time to listen to the children who are inheriting this planet to find out what they want, what direction they want to go in, and which candidate running for President would best insure a healthy, safe, and just America. I asked a 12 year old Boulder Colorado boy, Xiuh (Shoe) Martinez, who […]
OPINION: Leading the March down Washington’s Pennsylvania Ave in 1977, for TITLE IX’s “Equal Opportunity for Women in School Sports and Education,” at the request of the PE teachers of America, I had no idea of its phenomenal far-reaching effect. At June’s Rio+20’s Earth Summit, women sports, thanks to its “Empowering Women,” took a central […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: The magnificent pristine fragile Arctic is now in a battle for its LIFE, which will affect all life on Earth, especially the youth. On one side of the Arctic Ring are the super rich oil companies whose track record has proved “beyond a doubt” that their only concern is profits and they are […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: The US Navy is deliberating right now on a plan to use high frequency underwater sound for testing in Hawaii and the coasts of California, the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico that is estimated to deafen more than 15,900 whales and dolphins and kill 1,800 more over the next 5 years. And […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: While world leaders dropped the ball at June’s RIO+20 Earth Summit to getting us on the road to a sustainable future, We the People, especially sportsmen, need to pick up the ball, including to protect our world’s playgrounds that bring us so much joy. With open hearts, here are some ways we can […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: What happens at UN’s RIO+2O Earth Summit on June 20-22 could have a major impact on the longevity of snowsports, glaciers, islands and coastal communities, as we are shifting to a milder climate, with snowsports the canaries in the mine of climate changes. Fortunately, the consensus of this year’s UN “Harmony with Nature” […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: The UN’s International Mother Earth Day, in solidarity with Earth Day, following January’s Snowdance Phenomena that saved Western ski areas from the “driest winter in 130 years,” helped inspire billions of Green Acts in April. This is paving the way for more phenomenal progress at RIO+20 on June 20-22. 2012 could have been […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: Hail to the National Football League (NFL) for compassionately hosting “Super Bowl Parties with a Purpose” this year through their “Taste of the NFL” and “Kick Hunger Challenge” to valiantly assist food banks in every NFL city.
eNewsChannels COLUMN: The buzz at the SnowSports Industries Show ending January 31 in Denver was about the Native American snowdance phenomena that restored snow to the Ski Meccas of Colorado, Utah and California in January. They also said, “we need more snowdances.” Some Native Elders who led them say that our giving Mother Earth gratitude […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: On November 1, our Native American Olympic Team Foundation (NAOTF) submitted to the UN its recommendations, including wisdom of Indigenous Elders, for the 2012 Rio+20 Conference, June 21-22. This marks 20 years after the first UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and never in history has there been such a need to work in unity to restore Earth.
Hail to First Lady Betty Ford, Earth Hero! (Along with the Tribes of the Americas, Carl Jung, and AA)
eNewsChannels COLUMN: I didn’t realize until our dear First Lady Betty Ford passed on this month, what an incomparable gift she has given Mother Earth and all Her children. Through Betty’s powerful example of taking her addiction to alcohol and (prescription) drugs out of the closet, educating the public, which diminished the stigma, and founding the Betty Ford Clinic, her gift goes way beyond helping transform the tortured lives of generations of Americans and World Citizens into fulfilling ones.
Los Alamos Protected by Rains thanks to World Prayers, including on Mt Baldy and 19 Other ‘Holy Mountains’
eNewsChannels COLUMN: More Prayers Needed for Oceans, Reactors, Floods and 32 US Fires. “A smattering of summer rain boosted firefighters battling the massive forest fire near Los Alamos nuclear reactor.” Other News sources said the blaze came 50 ft from the Laboratory that stores America’s largest supply of nuclear weapons, along with 30,000 drums of plutonium-contaminated waste stored above ground under fabric tarps, not far from mini fires breaking out within the complex.
eNewsChannels COLUMN: CNN revealed on June 22, that “A mass extinction unlike anything human history has ever seen is coming unless we take swift action,” reported the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO). The cause is a combination of stressors: Radiation and lethally reacting pollutants, acidification, overfishing, and low oxygen from warming […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN:Following Bolivia’s passage of their domestic law “Recognizing Mother Earth as a living entity and giving Her the Same Rights as Humans,” the United Nations held a dialogue via an interactive webcast on its “Harmony with Nature” Day, April 20, and it is now working on adopting these rights worldwide. Thanks to this surprising […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: On May 11, CNN showed Japan’s nuclear electric officials on their knees apologizing and asking forgiveness from the Japanese people for misleading them about the safety of their nuclear reactors and destroying so many lives. While “We are sorry” helps, it can never return loved ones or a community’s original healthy quality of […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: Following Japan’s tragic nuclear wake up call, humanity is at a pivotal crossroads: Choosing to keep pouring billions more dollars into trying to make “uninsurable” nuclear energy safer, despite more cost effective alternatives, and given that top scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, agree that there is NO SAFE nuclear energy, OR shifting 2012’s […]
Ocean and Ski Leaders and Nobel Prize Winners, Invite World Communities to Ask Tribes to Lead Healing Ceremonies for UN’s International Mother Earth Day – April 22
eNewsChannels COLUMN: To help rebalance Mother Earth to smooth out these 2012 earth changes and to protect and purify our oceans and mountains from Japan’s radiation leak, leaders of the US and Canadian SnowSports Industries, Cousteau’s Ocean Futures, Mountaineers like Jim Whittaker, biologists from Mexico to the Arctic Circle, and National Parks protectors like Connor […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: On March 18 the “Japanese nuclear reactor chief WEPT as he finally admitted that their radiation leak is serious enough to kill people.” That was just days after telling Japanese citizens that “only those living within 12 miles of the nuclear plants needed to evacuate, while U.S. citizens within 50 miles were ordered […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: Since love is the greatest force on Earth, here is a Tsunami of Love Prayer by Indigenous Elders that can phenomenally neutralize the destruction of the “500 mph wave in open seas from their biggest earthquake in history,” reported CNN. The tsunami not only is having devastating effects on millions of people and […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: The Obama Administration wants to triple the already $18.5 billion appropriated for new nuclear reactors to $54.5 billion in America’s 2012 Budget, which is being decided any day. Plus Coloradans have a deadline of March 15, whether to fund a Nuclear Plant in Pueblo. The alternative is to insist those billions be shifted […]
eNewsChannels COLUMN: Given the amazing results of many Tribes of the Americas along with groups of diverse cultures performing New Year’s ceremonies to heal the oceans, it appears that our Earth Family has begun to fulfill the prophesy of what the tribes call “The Purification.” This unprecedented solidarity, inspired by the magnificent Azteca ceremonial dances […]
U.S. Secretary Clinton Signs the Third Protocol of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia
WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — On July 23, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signed the Third Protocol of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia along with the ten ASEAN member countries. The Third Protocol will permit regional organizations whose members are sovereign states to accede to the TAC, enabling the European […]
US Ski and Snowboard Expos Honor Tribes as Pioneers of Skiing and Outreach Native Kids this Vancouver Olympic ‘Tribal’ Year
COLUMN: U.S. Ski and Snowboard Shows are honoring Native American Tribes for pioneering skiing 8-10,000 years ago, along with a heart-warming ski outreach to expand snowsports opportunities for Native kids this Vancouver “Tribal” Olympic Year. Ski Legends like Billy Kidd, as well as this weekend, Donna Weinbrecht at the Boston Expo, and Wayne Wong at […]
COLUMN: Indians honored as Pioneers of Skiing this Vancouver Olympic “Tribal” Year. I am so proud that the top Ski and Snowboard Shows in America are leading an outreach to Native kids this Vancouver “Tribal” Olympic Year. Ski Legends, like Billy Kidd, Donna Weinbrecht, and Wayne Wong are getting the word out at the shows […]
COLUMN: Native Americans can take pride that Tennis icon Billie Jean King, a Cherokee, and Ted Kennedy, descendant of an honorary Iroquois Chief, did wonders to create equal opportunities for girls/women in sports and education in America and abroad. By enforcing the 1972 Title 1X Education Amendments Act, they actually helped restore those equitable traditional […]
COLUMN: Generations of vibrant American girls and women, as well as those from countries worldwide, will always be grateful to Senator Ted Kennedy, a beautiful skier, sailor, football and tennis player, for being a champion of women’s rights. He was pivotal in providing equality in education through Title 1X of the 1972 Education Amendments Act. […]
COLUMN: Heart-warming steps toward realizing a dream of creating a Native American Olympic Team were made at Oklahoma’s City’s “American Indian Sovereignty Symposium” on June 4, 2009. At the sports panel Bill and Jack Thorpe, sons of the late Jim Thorpe, voted the “Greatest Athlete in Modern Times,” joined forces and then offered critical resources […]
COLUMN: I got to witness the 2009 Green Lifestyle Film Fest at my UCLA alma mater March 13-15, transform from a ‘little green engine (of eccentrics) that could,’ into a global green fest heavyweight. The director Dorit invited me to help create a green bridge between the best of mainstream and Native American wisdom for […]
COLUMN: Hail to Pragmatists Embracing Scientific & Spiritual Global Cooling Solutions Thanks to our Earth Hugs on 7.7.07 and 7/17, “the Earth temperature slightly lowered, and the oceans were re-energized, which will continue if we continue,” say many Saints / Holy Ones / Ascended Masters / Seers / Star Nations, depending on your faith, backed by our intuition.
COLUMN: To the sultry strains of Carlos Santana / Rob Thomas, stunning Naomi Lang (Karuk Tribe), 2002 Utah Olympic ice dancing star, melts the “Latin On Ice” Special on the Style Network Friday, Jan. 12th at 5pm ET and on Sunday, Jan. 14th at 10am ET.
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