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The Chante' Project
(Of The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans)

A Healthy Living and Sustainability Project For Native Families, Descendents and Communities in Ohio and South Dakota

Purpose and Motivation:

In Lakota, Chante' means heart, and it is the heart and health of the Native community and its families that are the catalyst for this proposal. Native families are sick, literally, and many people are becoming maimed or suffer premature death because of ill health associated with diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Most of these health issues are caused by obesity, which in turn is caused by poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Nationally, childhood diabetes is at an alarming rate. As an organization within Ohio that supports Native American communities, it is our responsibility to help bring about a change to this crisis.


  • Educate families and individuals on health and sustainability awareness through events and programs.
  • Create interactive and fun events in Dayton and Cincinnati, OH as well as on reservations that promote health and sustainability.
  • Create a healthier and greener organization to serve as the role model for Native organizations and communities.

    Programs for 2010:

  • Monthly Wellness Walks
  • Walks will take place at area state parks
  • Walks will be a minimum of 3 miles
  • An annual weekend backpacking excursion
  • Sponsoring and attending health care programs
  • Creation of wellness and sustainability materials to inform and re-educate
  • Promote healthier diets and healthy food alternatives

    For more information contact: Angela Griffin Jones (937)477-9363 or

    Wellness Walk 1/24/2010

    The Traditional Gardens of The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans