Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation


The Healthy Beverage Summit will bring together community members, organizations and agencies to explore how to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks and promote the consumption of safe drinking water and breastfeeding for Native American children. The summit will build on the inherent knowledge, assets and values of Native American people working to improve the health of Native children. The wisdom shared by participants will provide a platform for knowledge building, collaboration and networking to promote strength based and Native-led strategies in creating healthy habits for Native American children. Together we will ensure Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Onsite registration availableTo register and pay by check, contact Ms. Dakotah Jim directly at or call 505-867-0775 We look forward to seeing you on June 12th!


Wednesday, June 12th
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Healthy Breakfast
Chinook 3-4 meeting rooms

9:00 am - 9:15 am
Good Intentions and Welcome
Orca I meeting room

Tulalip Tribe Chairwoman Teri Gobin and Vice Chairman Glen Gobin

9:15 am - 9:45 am
Who's in the room? Getting to know each other
Orca I meeting room

9:45 am - 10:45 am
Keynote: Limiting Sugary Drinks in Your Community: Opportunities, Challenges, and Equity Considerations
Orca I meeting room

Kimberly Libman, PhD, MPH, Program Director, ChangeLab Solutions Efforts to reduce sugary drink consumption can help promote health equity. To support Healthy Beverage Summit participants to generate ideas for action in their communities, this session will share a menu of ten program and policy strategies to reduce sugary drink consumption. Key challenges and opportunities for this work will be discussed using examples from local, state, and tribal governments. The session will also highlight available tools and resources to support local changemakers as well as strategies to promote equity through collaboration and community engagement

10:45 am - 11:00 am
Active Break | Morning Snacks
Chinook 3-4 meeting rooms

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Breakout sessions: Strategies to reduce sugary drinks among young children

Three organizations will share their journeys on promoting healthy beverage policies, systems and environmental changes, while respecting indigenous ways of knowing. Our water, Our families, Ourselves- Nizhonígo Iiná (Orca 1) Pauline Butler, Coordinator of Community Happiness, The STAR school The STAR School is a dynamic, completely off-grid school serving 140 Navajo students located near the south eastern edge of the Navajo Nation near Flagstaff, Arizona. Utilizing The 4R’s (Respect, Relationships, Responsibility and Reasoning) we will share our NB3F sponsored Water First! journey in helping our community and students to reduce consumption of sugar sweetened beverages through traditional Navajo teachings, which has been one of the most positive phenomena to happen to a community that has been weakened by diabetes and loss of culture. We will also share interactive techniques on how our school and community increased interest in accessing safe, clean and sustainable water services by providing STEM-related student-led answers. Protect our Water Culture (Chinook 1) Marleah Makpiaq LaBelle, M.A., Project Manager, National Tribal Water Center From ceremony to subsistence, hydration to recreation, water is part of our tradition. The Water is Life project is an education and outreach project that supports community-based efforts to improve sustainable access to safe water. Communities’ rich cultural ties to water serve as the inspiration to engage community members in conversation on water through art, education, cultural sharing, and celebration. Through community outreach activities and youth education, the Water is Life project can help a community to: facilitate sharing of knowledge and health education; to improve the sustainability of local water infrastructure; and to share and preserve local water culture. 5210 The Suquamish Way (Chinook 2) Fran Miller, MPH, RDN, CD, Suquamish Tribe Community Nutritionist 5210 the Suquamish Way is a health education campaign that has been adapted from an evidence-based child obesity reduction program for cultural relevance for our tribal community. A tribal artist was employed to create a logo incorporating traditional foods, beverages (water) and activities. We have utilized the logo in community health initiatives for several years, and it is well recognized by community members. We use the 5210 logo in all of our community health messaging. This presentation will highlight some of our recent initiatives targeting youth, including the convenience store healthy beverage campaign and 5210 activity guide for the early learning center.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Healthy Lunch
Chinook 3-4 meeting rooms

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Water First! Café: What are the relationships between sugary drinks, water and breastfeeding in Native communities?
Orca I meeting room

All participants will engage in lively discussions on a variety of issues related to sugar sweetened beverages based on interest (for example policy, culture, early childhood centers and schools, etc.)

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Active Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Breakout sessions repeat

Three organizations will share their journeys on promoting healthy beverage policies, systems and environmental changes, while respecting indigenous ways of knowing.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Active Break | Afternoon snacks
Chinook 3-4 meeting rooms

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Water First! Film Festival
Orca I meeting room

The Water First! film festival brings together eight community stories about their journey to assess the quality and relevance of safe drinking water, norms of breastfeeding and the impact of sugary drinks in their communities.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Evaluations, Raffles and Closing Remarks
Orca I meeting room


Pauline Butler
Pauline Butler
Coordinator of Community Happiness
The STAR school
Pauline has been a resident of Northern Arizona for most of her life with a 6-year stint in the United States Marine Corps. Pauline’s educational background includes Anthropology and Archeology. She has worked in the tribal, state and private corporation sector for 9 years. Currently, she is an instructor at the STAR school, an assistant to the CEO of Painted Desert Demonstration Projects, Inc and serves on the STAR School Board. Current projects include being a cohort of the NB3F’s "Water First" Community helping to fight the intake of sugar sweetened beverages in native youth, and a cohort with First Nations Development Institutes "NativeGiving" which seeks funding for small native owned non-profits. Pauline is of the Honaghaani Clan, born for Kiya’aani Clan, Natoh Dine’ T’achiinii Clan are her maternal grandfathers and Biihbito’ni Clan are her paternal grandfathers.
Marleah Makpiaq LaBelle, M.A.
Marleah Makpiaq LaBelle, M.A.
Project Manager
National Tribal Water Center
Marleah Makpiaq LaBelle is Sugpiaq and Iñupiaq and is a tribal member of the Native Village of Port Graham. She assists with program development and provides technical assistance for Alaska Native and American Indian communities on water and sanitation related issues. Marleah has a master’s degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She joined the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in 2015 as a project manager for the Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative. Marleah also has 10 years of public relations and communications experience serving Alaska Native organizations.
Kimberly Libman, PhD, MPH
Kimberly Libman, PhD, MPH
Program Director
ChangeLab Solutions
Kim is a program director at ChangeLab Solutions, where she leads the organization’s work on food policy. Before joining ChangeLab Solutions, she worked at the New York Academy of Medicine as director for prevention and community development. As a researcher and advocate, Kim has worked at the intersection of public policy and health for over a decade. Kim’s work on chronic disease prevention spans local, state, national, and international levels. She earned her PhD in environmental psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and completed her MPH in community health education at Hunter College.
Fran Miller, MPH, RDN, CD
Fran Miller, MPH, RDN, CD
Suquamish Tribe Community Nutritionist
Suquamish Tribe Community Health Program
Fran Miller has been the community nutritionist for the Suquamish Tribe since 2003. She is a registered dietitian with an MPH in nutrition. Fran promotes diets based on whole foods produced in a sustainable manner, both for health and environmental benefits. She supports increased dependence on traditional foods and tribal food sovereignty projects to improve the health of Native communities. Fran conducts community-based nutrition education for all age groups, including preschoolers through elders; plans menus for the elder’s nutrition program; counsels individuals with nutrition-related medical conditions; and participates with planning, implementation, and evaluation of tribal nutrition and physical activity-related projects, including the traditional plants program, 5210 the Suquamish Way, and Wisdom Warriors. She also serves on the county-wide Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) coalition and its 5210 early childhood workgroup.

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