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Volume 2    May, 2011

PALA comes to Indian Country!
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Levi Horn, Northern Cheyenne, plays professional football for the Chicago Bears.  Recently, he introduced the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) to over 40,000 students who attend Bureau of Indian Education schools.

Levi and Bart Stevens from the BIE made the announcement through ELKNet a satellite broadcast system that reaches all 183 BIE schools. Joining them was Sam McCracken from NikeN7, a foundation that promotes sports and physical activity in Native American and Aboriginal communities.

The men encouraged Native youth to lead active, healthy lifestyles and offered them a tough challenge:

Commit 60 min. of physical activity 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks.

Traditional and cultural activities like lacrosse, canoeing, archery, and hiking all count.

PALA's goal is to have 25,000 people across Indian Country signed up by August 2012.

Presidential Active Lifestyle Award

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