During the month of May, the White House will celebrate the anniversary of the debut of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move in Indian Country” (LMIC).
The initiative aims to end the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation, so Indian children grow up healthier and inspired to pursue their dreams. Mrs. Obama and the Menominee Indian Tribe hosted the launch of LMIC at the tribe’s Woodland Bowl amphitheater in Keshena, Wisconsin on May 25.
In a White House blog posted yesterday, Charlie Galbraith (Navajo), the associate director in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, acknowledged the significant progress achieved by tribes, nonprofits, federal agencies and individuals in providing children with opportunities for physical activity and educating them on healthy eating.
In 2010, Bear, who manages the Brookston Center for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, spearheaded efforts to bring the traditional Native American sport of lacrosse back to his community by creating an annual, week-long “Lax-4-Life” Lacrosse Camp for the tribal communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Watch a video of the 2011 Lax-4-Life Camp here. Beyond teaching the skills of the game and inspiring camaraderie among Native youth, the camp includes classroom sessions focused on building leadership skills, healthy decision making, nutrition knowledge, and physical fitness. The camp also connects traditional Ojibwe culture with lacrosse and modern society.
“We want to hear more stories like Bear’s about the positive contributions individuals and organizations are making to their tribes, nations, villages, Pueblos and communities,” Galbraith said in the blog. Submit your stories here.