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Runner and suicide prevention advocate inspires his Native community
Waylon Pahona

Dirk Whitebreast from the Meskwaki Nation grew up in Iowa. In 2011 Dirk ran 10 marathons in 30 days.

Dirk was never a runner and he expressed how he would run at night due to being embarrassed about his weight (more...)



Native leader Celina Reyes an inspiration for her community
Waylon Pahona

I would like to highlight Cellina Reyes for all her amazing work and dedication to her community Please learn more about her by reading her own words below.

I was raised on the Fort Mojave Tribal Reservation by my grandparents David and Basil Fass as well as my mother who were all very supportive in education (more...)



Happy Motivational Monday!
Waylon Pahona

This is dedicated to all the strong women out there!

"There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women (more...)



Honoring Healthy Active Natives in 2016
the Tanka Team

We hope you had a great holiday and Happy New Year!

This is a great slideshow our friend Waylon Pahona of Healthy Active Natives put together of all his travels with Tanka last year. Thanks so much for all you do, Waylon!

"2016 has been an amazing year and I wanted to give the biggest thanks to the Tanka Bar Team (more...)



Healthy Active Natives: Never stopping
the Tanka Team

Waylon Pahona is trainer, motivational speaker and founder of the group Healthy Active Natives. He shares stories of inspiration from the Native community and sends some of them to us to share.

Nikki Lowe is Creek, Seminole and Chickasaw who is originally from Oklahoma but grew up in Arizona (more...)



Motivational Monday: Young Native leadership
the Tanka team

Happy Motivational Monday from Waylon Pahona of Healthy Active Natives!

Gabe Fuentes is a 16 years old Hopi teen and he is the Senior Advisor of the Morning Star leaders youth group which is based in the Metro Phoenix Area (more...)



Motivational Monday: Water is life #MniWiconi
the Tanka Team

Happy Motivational Monday from Waylon Pahona of Healthy Active Natives!

"Be great, be powerful but most importantly, give thanks to the Creator for building such a strong foundation of life. Our body is a sacred place and it holds knowledge and tradition (more...)



Motivational Monday: Healing through yoga
the Tanka Team

Happy Motivational Monday with Waylon Pahona of Healthy Active Natives!

I would like to highlight Haley Laughter for Motivational Monday. She is Navajo, has two yoga certifications, nine years of practice and seven years of teaching experience (more...)



Motivational Monday: Give thanks
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing and communications

Happy Motivational Monday from Waylon Pahona of Healthy Active Natives!

"Give thanks to the Creator and live life powerfully! Smile and greet your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family. We all need to feel good at times some might just need that extra positivity today and it will make you feel good as well (more...)



Healthy Active Natives: Let your vote be heard
the Tanka Team

Happy Motivational Monday with Waylon Pahona of Healthy Active Natives:

"It's a great day to be Indigenous! As we come to those last 16 hours don't forget to get up and vote let your voice be heard (more...)



Healthy Active Natives: Treat every day like a celebration
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing and communications

From our friend Waylon Pahona of Healthy Active Natives.

Happy Halloween and Happy Motivational Monday from the Yakama Nation!!!
Wake and understand that it's not just another Monday -- it's a day just like every other day to celebrate life! Understand that we have young ones that we need to raise to be strong powerful Native children! This was taken at a Halloween party in White Swan Washington a few days back (more...)



Motivational Monday: Taking a stand
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing and communications

Happy Motivational Monday from Waylon Pahona!

Waylon is a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. He recently attended the Engaging Communities to Strengthen Hopi & Tewa Families Conference in Moenkopi Legacy Inn in Tuba City, AZ, and shared his photos above as well as a short account of the event (more...)



Motivational Monday: Live your purpose
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing and communications

Happy Motivational Monday from our friend Waylon Pahona of Healthy Active Natives.

"Wake up and live! Stand tall and be proud! We are all on this earth to serve a purpose and not to just get up every day (more...)



Healthy Active Natives: "Wake up and be great!"
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications

We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's! A little something to remember when you start your day tomorrow (more...)



Tanka and disc golf go hand and throw
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing and communications

Tanka helped sponsor pro disc golf player Daniel Polk (San Carlos Apache, Dine, Quechuan) at a recent disc golf event. Above is video by our friend Sasha Brown of his awesome throw! (more...)



Motivational Monday: Beat of the Drum
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications

Every week we bring you a motivational post from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives.

The beat of the drum pounds deep in our soul. We are powerful beyond measure when it comes to our tradition and culture (more...)



Hualapai Tribal Chairman speaks to youth about making the right choices in life
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications

We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's!

Dr. Damon R. Clarke, Hualapai Tribal Chairman, came to speak to the youth about a letter he received from a prison (more...)



Tanka a source of connection across miles, people
Jenice Johnson, assistant director of marketing and communications

Over the year our friend Waylon Pahona, an athlete and personal trainer as well as the founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives, has traveled sharing Tanka products and a healthy message to communities (more...)



Healthy Active Natives: Cultural pride
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing

We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's!

The greatest blessing in life is our culture (more...)



Healthy Active Natives: Believe in yourself
Jenice Johnson Williams, assistant director of marketing

We get weekly motivational posts from our friend Waylon Pahona, a trainer and founder of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives. Here is this week's!

In order for you to want to do something great it takes brain power (more...)