Santa Ana Golf Club, a 27-hole championship links-style golf course in Bernalillo, New Mexico, hosted the 2009 PGA Professional National Championship, and has been featured as a top destination by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and the New York Times.

Notah Begay III Joins AMERIND Golf Fundraiser; Early Registration Ends March 18


Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico — Professional golfer and former PGA TOUR player Notah Begay III will join AMERIND Risk in the insurance company’s 12th Annual Protecting Tribal Families Golf Fundraiser on April 28 to benefit uninsured families and organizations aiding children.

Those playing in the fundraiser will support several good causes. AMERIND hosts the fundraising tournament to support the Protecting Tribal Families Fund to help uninsured tribal homeowners rebuild or repair after a fire, flood or other catastrophic event. The tournament has raised more than $100,000 since its inception in 2004.

Additionally, proceeds also will benefit the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation and the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). Begay created the foundation in 2005 to reduce Native American childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. NICWA was created in 1983 to address child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy and grassroots community development. The membership organization also advocates for compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Both nonprofits work tirelessly in Native communities to improve the well being of children and their families.

“The reality is Indian Country is facing an epidemic and our youth are the causalities. The good news is we can reverse this epidemic,” said Justin Kii Huenemann, NB3 Foundation executive director, adding that more than 20,000 Native youth have been aided by NB3.

Sarah L. Kastelic, NICWA executive director, said the proceeds will support work that doesn’t get funded through grants or contracts.

“We help tribes build capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect. A cornerstone of this is our advocacy to ensure that tribes have the rights, the authority and jurisdiction, and the resources to serve their children and families,” Kastelic said.

Begay, an analyst for NBC/Golf Channel who moved from Dallas last year back to New Mexico where he grew up, will play with the team of AMERIND CEO Derek Valdo. The two attended Stanford University together. Begay’s NB3 Foundation is located less than a quarter mile from AMERIND’s headquarters on the Santa Ana Pueblo land.

“I’m going to help him with his game,” joked Valdo. “Seriously, it will be a good time for all. And we thank everyone coming out to help our families.”

The event will include a 4-person scramble, contests, lunch and an awards reception following the tournament at the AMERIND office adjacent to the Santa Ana Golf Club. Prizes include a chance to win $10,000 for a hole-in-one and $2,500 in a putting contest. Other prizes and raffle items include golf packages at area resort/casinos and gift cards.

Sponsorships are still available. In-kind gifts, including golf balls, hotel or golf packages, are also being accepted. Early registration ends March 18. Included with online registration is a 1-year subscription to Golf Digest, a $10 value.

To register, go to For more information, contact Nancy Harjo Serna, (505) 404-5000 or [email protected].

About AMERIND Risk

AMERIND Risk was founded 30 years ago by more than 400 Tribes who united and pooled their resources to create AMERIND Risk to keep money within Indian Country.  AMERIND Risk provides employee benefits, and property, liability and workers compensation insurance for Tribes, Tribal governments, Tribal businesses and individual property coverage. It is the only 100% Tribally-owned and operated insurance solutions provider in Indian Country. To learn more about Tribes Protecting Tribes or for an insurance quote, go to

About The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

NICWA works to support the safety, health, and spiritual strength of Native children along the broad continuum of their lives. The organization promotes building tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect through positive systems change at the state, federal, and tribal level. For more information visit

About the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation

NB3 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the only national Native American nonprofit organization solely dedicated to reversing Native American childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes. NB3 Foundation is setting a national standard for investing in evidence-based, community–driven, and culturally relevant programs that prevent childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, ensuring healthy futures for Native American children and their communities. Since its launch in 2005, NB3 Foundation has grown its reputation and track record in Indian Country in the areas of grant making, research, evaluation, direct programming and policy advocacy. NB3 Foundation invests in and works closely with grass-roots, Native-led organizations across the country that are exploring promising new practices, expanding proven methods, conducting community-based research, and evaluating impact.

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