Conceived in response to the environmental concerns of Indigenous North Americans, the Earth Circle Foundation was incorporated [501(c)(3)] by William E. Channing and friends in 1987. Soon after, Wings of America became the charitable group’s sole beneficiary.

Based in Santa Fe, NM, Wings of America derives infinite inspiration from the surrounding Native communities and their rich running histories. Since 1988, our programs have used sport to encourage American Indian youth to look to the future while embracing a past they can be proud of. At full stride, Wings athletes break free from the stereotypes and statistics that stifle the ambition of so many Native youth. Instead, these runners use the opportunities they earn with Wings to show that they are the leaders, thinkers, and teachers of tomorrow.