Carole Franklin (far left)
was a cheerleader and happy student who came to Chilocco a year or two
before my class of 1955. She was a beautiful, bubbly little girl who never
seemed to be bothered with anything less than positive around her. Her life
has been one of fine accomplishments this article can in no way elaborate or
tell about. I'm proud to have known her.
We have outstanding Franklins in our Jones
genealogy and wouldn't it be nice if I could claim her as my own blood?
Donna Jones Flood, class
Colorado Indian Games Become ' Feeder to China Olympics '
Sustainable Pioneers Sponsor
Bid and Teams
DENVER, CO, July 22, 2006,
"Colorado's North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) ended with a strong
magical feeling of being ‘a feeder to the 2008 China Olympics.’ That was
the hope of Joe Garcia, President of the National Congress of American
Indians (NCAI and San Juan Pueblo Governor/runner), whose Team New
Mexico brought home the (ultimate) John Fletcher Spirit Award," said Olympic
Skier Suzy Chaffee, co-chair of Native Voices Foundation (NVF).
*(Photo Caption: Legends
supporting Native American Olympic Bid for China 2008: L-R Carole Anne
Franklin (Sauk & Fox who saved bid), Tex Hall (former NCAI Prez), Steve
Allen (Olympic Artist), Suzy Chaffee (Olympic skier), Ernie Stevens (NIGA
Prez), and Florian Halazon of International Bio-fuels Assoc.)
"Out of the 7,000 American
Indian participants in 16 sports, many stood out as Olympic caliber talent,"
stated Carole Anne 'Red Buffalo Woman' Franklin of Arizona and Stroud,
Oklahoma. Her "Full Blood" father, "Happy" Franklin shared the same Sauk
and Fox bloodline as Jim Thorpe, called by the King of Sweden, "the Greatest
Olympian of the first half of the 20th Century."
“Carole not only saved the
Indian Olympic Bid that was financially floundering, but is also starting
the Morning Star Native American TV Network (MSNATV), "to cover the historic
steps of these magnificent athletes all the way to China and Vancouver 2010
- a healing of the Thorpe Legacy," said Woody Vaspra (Hawaiian) President of
the World Council of Elders. The Boulder-based former pro baseball &
football player is also guiding the bid.
"The greased-lightening teamwork of the basketball matches, won by South
Dakota's descendants of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, conjured visions of
those 'invincible (by fair-play) warriors,' said Chaffee, (born on
Colorado's Sand Creek Massacre Day). This phenomena inspired the 'Archrivals
of the Court of the 70's,' Ernie Stevens, Jr. (Oneida-Wisconsin), National
Indian Gaming Association Chairman, and Tex Hall, former NCAI President &
Chairman of ND’s Affiliated Tribes (Mandan-Arikara-Hidatsu), whose 145
athletes won 76 medals. Together the rivals are evolving into Champions of
Indian youth and a Sustainable World.
"Thanks to the outstanding
performances and sportsmanship, I want to help win the bid to include Native
American Olympic Teams in future Olympics. The youth are our future," said
Hall, who is lifting his Great Plains Tribes with NativeWind Power and
NativeEnergy.com green tags. “I trust and support your efforts,” Stevens
told Franklin and Chaffee, who are heading up the Native American Olympic
Capturing this "Work of Heart" was Steve Allen, the renowned "Official
Olympic Artist," who is painting a collage of the 'American Indians’ Gifts
to the Roots of 10 Olympic Sports' with faces of modern Indian Legends like
Thorpe. "The final fierce basketball matches rivaled the excitement of the
NBA," said Allen.
The Sponsors who stood up to help win the Native American Olympic Bid and
develop teams, include some Pioneers of Sustainability: Native Winds.org,
BioEnergy Colorado (snowcats too), and the SnowSports Industries of
America. SIA is donating half a million worth of gear "to help create a
generation of Native Olympians," said President David Ingemie. 60 of NSAA’s
ski areas with Sustainable Slopes Programs are sharing grassroots skiing and
snowboarding ops with nearby tribes in appreciation for their snow
ceremonies that helped end droughts in 10 states, including prior to the
Salt Lake Olympics, sponsored by Ski Utah. (See Native American Ski &
Snowboard Team on SNOW-RIDERS.org.
"God bless the Colorado Utes,
Native American Sports Council, Colorado Indigenous Games Society,
sponsors, and First Nations founders (who carried a bushel of medals back to
Canada), for pulling off the most uplifting NAIG Games yet and re-birthing
Indian Spirit," said Susan Guerin (Warm Springs), Chef de Mission of
Oregon. A "Dynamo for the Kids" who brought home 29 medals, she is now
serving on the Native American Olympic Steering Committee. On behalf of all
the organizers and coaches, Allen presented Guerin and Franklin with Olympic
paintings for their heroic, far-reaching efforts…
"Tribal leaders are seeing how Olympic Dreams and ops are cost-effective fun
alternatives to our youth epidemics," said Guerin. The Native American
Legislators Caucus that met in Denver was encouraged by Franklin and
Chaffee’s findings and had them present their solutions: "A combo of Olympic
Sports Ops, NuStevia by NuNaturals (Tribal discovered sweetener not raising
blood sugar), and education thru MSNATV, can do wonders to prevent Indian
diabetes, obesity, alcohol…"
Insiders say the Indian
Olympic Bid has an excellent chance thanks to Europeans spearheading it:
French Princess Caroline Murat (Napoleon descendent) and Prince Albert
(Lakota-adopted) of the N. Pole Global Warming Awareness Expedition... “With
the team spirit exhibited at these Games, anything, including the Olympics,
is possible,” was the buzz.
NVF is a Colorado non-profit 501(C) (3) partnership of US Tribal leaders,
Elders and Olympians, whose mission is to "Create joyful unity through
sports to help heal Mother Earth for all our children."
Contact: Suzy Chaffee,
[email protected], Tel: 323 493-3877.