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  • NAIAHF Athletes

    Athletes Abby Roque Ojibwe Read More Aidan Howry Comanche Read More Alexandria Town Mi’kmaw Read More Alexis Desjarlait Red Lake Band of Ojibwe Read More Alvin Begay Jr. Navajo Read More Alwyn Morris Kahnawake Mohawk Read More Amber Hill Upper Cayuga Read More Angel Goodrich United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians Read More Angelo Baca Diné/Hopi Read More Asa Shenandoah Lumbee/Tuscarora/Onondaga Read More Autumn Apok Ridley Inupiaq and Tlingit Read More Awehiyo Thomas Cayuga Read More Ayanna O’Kimosh Oneida/Menominee/Arikara Read More Barry Powless Onondaga Read More Becki Wells-Staley Blackfeet and Blood Read More Bill Berry Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Read More Billy Mills Oglala Lakota Read More Brady Fairbanks Leech Lake Ojibwe Read More Brandon Nolan Ojibway Read More Brent Reiter Menominee Read More Brett Bucktooth Onondaga Read More Briana Mazzolini-Blanchard CHamoru Read More Bryan Trottier Chippewa Cree Métis Read More Cameron "Cam" Bomberry Mohawk Read More Carol L. (Pickett) Hull Inupiaq Read More Carolyn Darbyshire-McRorie Metis Read More Cheri Madsen Omaha Read More Clay Mayes III Chickasaw & Cherokee Read More Dale McCourt Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Read More Dani Day Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Read More Daniel Polk Apache/Kwatsan/Diné Read More Danny Hodgson Cree Metis Read More David Powless Oneida Read More Dean Hill Mohawk Read More Delby Powless Mohawk Read More Dennis J Danforth Sr. Oneida Read More Donny Belcourt Chippewa Cree Read More Dr. Chuck Foster Navajo Read More Dr. Gregory Redhouse Diné Read More Drew Bucktooth Onondaga Read More Earl Sargent Red Lake Band of Ojibwe Read More Eddie Lone Eagle Red Lake Ojibwe Read More Edison Eskeets Navajo Read More Elizabeth (Liz) Mary Duval Metis Read More Ellison Tarzan Brown Narragansett Read More Ernie Stevens Jr. Oneida Read More Evan James Métis and Dene Read More Frederick George Sasakamoose Plains Cree (nêhiyawak) Read More Gary Sargent Red Lake Ojibwe Read More Gaylord Powless Mohawk, Wolf Clan Read More George Armstrong Algonquin (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg) Read More George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah Comanche Read More Gewas Schindler Oneida Read More Glenn Styres Mohawk Read More Greg Edgelow Cree Read More Henry Boucha Ojibwe Read More J.R. Conrad Eastern Shawnee Read More Jack Mark Edmo Shoshone-Bannock/Blackfeet Read More Jack Powless Oneida Read More James Francis Thorpe Sac and Fox Read More James Lavallée Métis Read More James Nells Navajo Read More James Walker Standing Rock Lakota/Dakota Read More Jana Williams Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Read More Janee’ Kassanavoid Comanche Nation of Oklahoma Read More Jayme Menzies Métis Read More Jeff Shattler Ojibwa Read More Jerry Louie-McGee Coeur d’Alene Read More Jesse Cockney Inuit Read More Jesse Frankson Inupiaq Eskimo Read More Jim "Jake" Maloney Sipe’kneketik First Nation, Nova Scotia, Canada Read More Jim Neilson Big River First Nation Read More Jim Warne Jr Oglala Lakota Read More Joe Hipp Blackfeet Read More Joey Christjohn Oneida Read More Jon Gray Cherokee Read More Jonathan Cheechoo Moose Cree First Nation Read More Jordan Nolan Ojibwa Read More Jordin Tootoo Inuit Read More Joseph Burton, Jr Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Read More Joseph Giovannetti Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Read More Joy SpearChief-Morris Blackfoot (Kanai) Read More Juwan Nuvayokva Hopi Read More Kali “KO” Mequinonoag Reis Seaconke Wampanoag Read More Kalley Armstrong Algonquin (Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg) Read More Katie Taylor Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Read More Kayla Gardner Eagle Lake First Nation Read More Kelly Babstock Anishinaabe from the Unceded Territory of Wikwemikong Read More Kenneth Strath Moore Cree Read More Kevin Sandy Cayuga Read More Kyle Ḵaayák’w Worl Tlingit, Deg Hit’an Athabascan and Yup'ik Read More Lakota Beatty Caddo Read More Lara Mussell Savage Sqwá (Skwah) First Nation Read More Larry Foster Navajo Read More Laticia DeCory Oglala Lakota Read More Lauren Schad Cheyenne River Lakota Read More Leanne Sirup Inuit Read More Levi Horn Northern Cheyenne Read More Levi Parker Webster Oneida Read More Lindy Waters III Kiowa/Cherokee Read More Lori McAuley Nehiyew iskwew Read More Louis Tewanima Hopi Read More Mariah Bahe Navajo Read More Martin F. Wheelock Oneida Read More Mary Killman Bancroft Citizen Potawatomi Read More María Lorena Ramírez Rarámuri Read More Maurice “Mo” Smith Navajo Read More Mekwan Tulpin Cree Read More Michael G. Robinson White Earth Ojibwe Read More Michael Linklater Cree from Thunderchild First Nation Treaty 6 Territory Read More Michael Thompson Mohawk Read More Miguel Lara Tarahumara Read More Naomi Lang Strong Karuk Tribe of Northern California Read More Natalie Nicholson Arikara/Ojibwe Read More Neal Powless Onondaga Read More Neilson Powless Oneida Read More Nicole Johnson Inupiaq Read More Niki Gashing Goodwin White Earth Nation Read More Oliver “Cap” Bomberry Sr Cayuga Read More Oren Lyons Onondaga Nation Read More Patti Dillon Mi'kmaq Read More Pete Conway Blackfeet Read More Phillip Castillo Acoma Pueblo Read More Phillip Raweriio Barreiro Mohawk Read More Phillip Whiteman Jr. Northern Cheyenne Read More Phyllis Bomberry Cayuga Read More Rainelle Jones Cree Read More Rebekah Howe Crow Creek Sioux Read More Richard Peter Cowichan Tribes Read More Rob McClain Muscogee Creek/Red Lake Ojibwe Read More Robert ‘Bob’ Gawboy Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Read More Roger Vyse Mohawk Read More Ross Anderson Cheyenne and Arapaho Read More Ross Powless Mohawk Read More Roy Old Person Sr. Blackfeet Read More Ryan Dirteater Cherokee Read More Ryneldi Becenti Navajo Read More Sam Horsechief Pawnee and Cherokee Read More Sharon and Shirley Firth Gwich’in First Nation Read More Shayna Powless Oneida Read More Shiloh Butts Chickasaw Read More Shiloh LeBeau Diné/Lakota Read More Steve McDonald Prairie Band Potawatomi Read More Sydney Daniels Mistawasis Nêhiyawak Read More Tahnee Robinson Northern Cheyenne, Eastern Shoshone, Skidi Pawnee Read More Tanner Albers Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Read More Ted Nolan Ojibwa Read More Terae Briggs Crow Read More Terry Felix Sts'ailes First Nation Read More Teton Saltes Oglala Lakota Read More Thomas Rahontsiiostha Barreiro Mohawk Read More Ukaleq Slettemark Inuit Read More Vic Mercredi Métis Read More Victoria Bach Mohawk Read More Virgil Hill Three Affiliated Tribes Read More Wade McGee Cherokee Read More

  • Sagkeeng Old Timers

    Team 2024 Sagkeeng Old Timers Induction Category: Year Inducted <Back The Sakgeeng Oldtimers Hockey Club had its origins at the Sakgeeng First Nation, a community 100 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, with players ranging in age from 35 to over 50. The players were of Ojibway and Cree ancestry and came from native communities throughout Manitoba. The team was founded by Walter and Verna Fontaine. The first language of the team is Saulteaux, and the club wears the red and white colors of the Fort Alexander Indian Band. Sakgeeng is the Saulteaux word for “at the mouth of the river”, and the community of Sakgeeng (named Fort Alexander by fur traders) is at the mouth of the Winnipeg River where it empties into Lake Winnipeg. The team joined the Canadian Old Timers Hockey Association (COHA) in 1978 and played in international tournaments sponsored by COHA in Copenhagen, Denmark (1978); Toronto, Canada (1982); Munich, West Germany (1983); London, England (1984); Nice, France (1985); Paris, France (1986); Montreal, Canada (1987); and Montreal, Canada (1988). The teams won the 1983 World Cup in Munich, the 1987 World Cup in Montreal, and the 1988 COHA National Cup in Montreal. The Sakgeeng Old Timers were honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and artifacts for the teams are there on display. The roster of the teams included: Bob Boyer, Don Campbell, Paul Chartrand, Rene Desjarlais, Ted Fontaine, Dave Harper, John Hunter, George Kakeway, Gord Woo, Wayne Viznaugh, Phil Fontaine, Walter Fontaine, Norman Gunn, Bernie Wood, Ken Young, Jim Neilson, Mercel Flett, Joe Malcolm, Ron Guimond, Gerald Harry, Jim Prince, George Hickes and Rene Norma Ted Fontaine and Jim Neilson are also individually inducted in the athlete category in the North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame.

  • Michael G. Robinson, White Earth Ojibwe

    < Back Michael G. Robinson ​ ​ ​ Michael G. Robinson White Earth Ojibwe Induction Category: Year Inducted Athlete 2023 Michael G Robinson grew up in Cass Lake, Minnesota, on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. He is Anishinaabe, and an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation. Sports have always been important to Michael. In junior high school, Michael discovered boxing. By the age of 16, he won the Regional Golden Glove Championship, along with the Best Boxer award. In his teens his family moved to Tacoma, Washington and he continued fighting. He represented the Tacoma Boxing team regionally and in the Seattle Golden Gloves. Michael returned to Minnesota, boxing for Minneapolis South Central Gym and Leech Lake. In his career Michael had 152 fights. He won the Regional Golden Gloves tournament eight times, eight Minnesota State Indian Boxing Tournaments and the 1981 and 1984 National Indian Boxing Championships. Michael has been a coach, judge, and promoter of boxing. In both the amateur and professional ranks, Michael has been a positive role model for fighters throughout the Midwestern United States. Michael has always been a positive mentor, giving freely of himself, for benefit of his community. This includes his knowledge of traditional wild rice harvesting. Every fall, he freely passes on what he knows to the next generation of ricers. His devotion to Indian Country public safety paralleled his fighting career. He has been an officer in Mescalero, New Mexico, Red Lake, White Earth and finally, at home for the Leech Lake. Michael recently retired from Law Enforcement after serving for 32 years. <Back

  • Daniel Polk, Apache/Kwatsan/Diné

    < Back Daniel Polk ​ ​ ​ Daniel Polk Apache/Kwatsan/Diné Induction Category: Year Inducted Athlete 2024 Daniel Polk was born in Ft. Defiance, AZ but grew up in Pinon, AZ and Winterhaven, CA. He is from San Carlos Apache, Kwatsan (Quechan), and Diné nations. His Lakota name is Screaming Eagle and Diné name is Man Comes Home. His parents are Damon Polk and Helena Bekay Polk. He has two sisters and two brothers. Polk now lives in Shakopee, MN with his wife Dyani White Hawk Polk and their daughters Nina and Tusweca Polk. Polk’s first love was basketball. He played four years of varsity basketball at San Pasqual Valley High School. Daniel would walk onto Arizona Western College team to play one year, then transfer to Haskell Indian Nations University to finish out his basketball career. While at Haskell, he would receive his Associates of Arts and Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Polk now has a new love and passion for disc golf. His friend Henry Pohocsucut would teach him the sport of disc golf in 2005. When he first saw Henry throw a disc, it flew an entire football field length and Polk has been hooked ever since. He wanted to learn everything about disc golf. The techniques, different styles of throw, forms of competition and rules and regulations. A lifelong athlete, disc golf was now everything to Polk. He would play every chance he got towards the goal to someday become a competitive professional disc golfer. His very first tournament, The Centennial Open, he won the Intermediate division (MA2). This motivated him to keep learning and working on his skills. In 2006, he became an Advance player (MA1), in 2007 he became a Men’s Professional Open player (MPO), and in 2019 he became a Men’s Master Pro 40+ player (MP40). Polk has played in over 300 tournaments and has over 75 wins. He is sponsored by Prodigy Disc, Airborn Disc Golf, and Team Blue Ribbon Pines. Polk is seen as a great and respectful competitor and role model. He works hard to earn everything he has achieved and hopes to continue to be a strong competitor positively representing his sponsors and family. <Back

  • Neilson Powless, Oneida

    < Back Neilson Powless ​ ​ ​ Neilson Powless Oneida Induction Category: Year Inducted Athlete 2022 Neilson Powless burst onto the United States road racing scene as a 19-year-old and found instant success, finishing ninth overall at the 2016 Amgen Tour of California and winning a stage at the Tour de l’Avenir. Those results shot him to the World Tour where his adaptability accelerated his learning curve. His sporting family laid the foundation for his future professional success. His mom ran the marathon in the 1992 Olympics. His dad was in the Air Force and raced Ironman’s, winning an award for being the top Ironman finisher who was also in the military. His sister, Shayna is also a professional cyclist who has raced for the US National Team. Family time in the Powless household was spent outdoors: swimming in the lake, running, and riding bikes on the trails in Northern California. Before pursuing cycling, Powless won both XTERRA National and World Championships in 2012. Since entering the World Tour, with most notable results including: Winner of 2021 Klasikoa Donostia San Sebastián and the first time an American has won a World Tour one day race in over a decade, and; 5th place in 2021 Pro World Championships and the best result for an American in over two decades. Competed twice in the Tour de France and first ever North American Native to compete in the Tour de France. Neilson Powless became a professional cyclist in 2018 after stand out performances in the Tour of California, Tour de L’Avenir, and World Championships for U23 cyclists. Since joining the ranks of World Tour professionals. Neilson has most notably led Polka Dot jersey competition as the best climber in the Tour de France for a record 13 days as an American. Neilson has also won professional races across the globe from Europe to Asia. Some of which include the Klasikoa San Sebastián, Japan Cup, Étoile de Bessèges, and the Grand Prix de Marseilles. After finding a niche for himself in 1 day races, Powless now has his eyes set on the prestigious “Monuments” in cycling. In 2023, Powless finished 5th in the cobblestone monument, Ronde Van Vlaanderen. Since then his dream has been to become the first American to win the Ronde Van Vlaanderen. Photo: Getty Images Photo: Getty Images <Back

  • Dale McCourt, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg

    < Back Dale McCourt ​ ​ ​ Dale McCourt Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Induction Category: Year Inducted Athlete/Coach 2023 Dale McCourt played major junior in the Ontario Hockey Association (today's OHL). As a 15-year-old, he was already playing Tier II junior hockey when called up by the Sudbury Wolves for part of the 1972–73 OHA season. He joined the Hamilton Red Wings for the full 1973–74 OHA season, and was team captain by the time the renamed Hamilton Fincups won the 1975–76 OMJHL Championship and then the national 1976 Memorial Cup championship. In 1976–77, McCourt led the relocated St. Catharines Fincups as the team won the OMJHL Regular Season Championship. That season, he was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the league's Most Outstanding Player and was voted the nationwide CHL Player of the Year. Dale was also awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the OMJHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player in both 1975–76 and 1976–77. In the 1977 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, McCourt scored 18 points, a Canadian record he shares with Brayden Schenn and one point more than Eric Lindros and Wayne Gretzky. McCourt was drafted 1st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1977 NHL amateur draft. He successfully scored 33 goals in the first year with the team and was entitled to NHL rookie of the year with the Red Wings. McCourt was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in December 1981 and claimed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs in October 1983, finishing his NHL career at the end of the 1983–84 NHL season, with 478 points in 532 games played. McCourt then played for 8 seasons for HC Ambrì-Piotta, in the top Swiss league where his number 15 jersey is retired. His coaching career highlight includes representing Italy as an assistant coach with the Italian National Ice Hockey Team at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. <Back

  • Bryan Trottier, Chippewa Cree Métis

    < Back Bryan Trottier ​ ​ ​ Bryan Trottier Chippewa Cree Métis Induction Category: Year Inducted Athlete 2024 Bryan Trottier is Cree Métis from Val Marie, Saskatchewan and he was one of the National Hockey League's premier centremen. Trottier won six Stanley Cups as a player, including four-straight championships with the New York Islanders between 1980 and 1983, and two back-to-back in 1991 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a seventh as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. Trottier began his hockey career playing for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Canada Junior Hockey League during the seasons of 1972-1973 and 1973-1974. In the latter season, he scored 41 goals and 71 assists for a total of 112 points in 68 games. He finished his first season with league records for a rookie in assists (63) and points (95), earning the NHL's Calder Trophy awarded annually to the most outstanding newcomer. Playing in 77 games in the 1977-78 season, Trottier had 46 goals and 77 assists for a total of 123 points. During the 1978-79 season, Trottier compiled his best season statistics ever, scoring 47 goals and 87 assists for a total of 134 points, making him the league's top scorer and earning him the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. Trottier was also the recipient of the Art Ross Trophy in 1979, and the Hart Memorial Trophy also in 1979. In 1980 he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most outstanding performer in NHL post-season play. In 1989 he won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. In 1998 he was honored with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Trottier was selected to nine NHL All Star Games and had his number raised to the rafters by the New York Islanders on October 20, 2001. He shares the NHL single period record of scoring six points including four goals and two assists and is one of only eight NHL players to have multiple five goal games. After his playing career was over, he was hired as the head coach of the New York Rangers for a season. He also worked as head coach for the Portland Pirates of the AHL for the 1997-1998 season, and he was also a Colorado Avalanche assistant coach. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2001. In 2014 he was an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. Trottier won countless awards and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was named in the “Top 100 Greatest Players in the NHL.” In 2022, he authored his memoir, “All Roads Home: A Life On and Off the Ice” and it has become a national bestseller. <Back

  • Dr. Chuck Foster, Navajo

    < Back Dr. Chuck Foster ​ ​ ​ Dr. Chuck Foster Navajo Induction Category: Year Inducted Athlete 2023 Dr. Chuck Foster was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Fort Defiance, Arizona to the late Harold Y. Foster, who was a Navajo Code Talker and Margaret Foster. He comes from the Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House Clan) born for Dzil’ta’ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan) and his grandfather, Ta’baabi’ (Edge Water Clan) and grandmother, Hona’gha’ahii (One Who Walks Around Clan). Marie Foster, his wife of 46 years have four adult children and four grandchildren. He was a distinguished student/athlete from Window Rock High School in Fort Defiance, Arizona. He received his AA Degree from Central Arizona College, his BS Degree from the University of Arizona and his MEd and Doctorate Degrees from Brigham Young University. His experience in teaching at the high school and being a school administrator was met with outstanding achievement awards. He was a three sport all state and state champion athlete in high school and competed at the highest level in Arizona’s most prestigious track & field and cross country meets to win his gold medals. At the collegiate level, he was a four-time Collegiate First Team All-American in both track & field and cross country and was a former NJCAA National three-mile record holder. He was also a four-time Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Champion in track & field and cross country, where he held records both in the mile (4:06) and three-mile (13:56) events. At the D1 level his mile (4:04) and 5,000 meters (13:56) was commendable for a personal and collegiate record. He was coached by George Young, a four-time Olympian. He also competed with the Southern Arizona Track Club to continue his athletic journey before becoming a high school teacher and coach. Because of his accomplishments he has received many prestigious awards as a former athlete, teacher, coach, and school administrator. He was also a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award in Utah, and was inducted into the National American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame and Central Arizona Athletic Hall Fame, and has been honored by the Utah State Board of Education for his employment. He also sits on several state education committees and is an advocate for the American Indian populations in Utah. <Back

  • Jordin Tootoo, Inuit

    < Back Jordin Tootoo ​ ​ ​ Jordin Tootoo Inuit Induction Category: Year Inducted Atlete 2024 Jordin Tootoo made history as the first Inuk player to be drafted by the NHL. Over his 13-year career, he played for the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, and Chicago Blackhawks, banking 161 points, including 65 goals, in 723 career games. A trailblazer both on and off the ice, Tootoo has since become a vocal mental health advocate dedicated to giving back to his communities. He speaks to the power of creating a culture of inspired inclusivity and explores what real teamwork looks like, both at home and work. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, Tootoo is not only the first Inuk NHL player, but also the first one raised in Nunavut. He played for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1999 to 2003 and was drafted by the Nashville predators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Tootoo was nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2015, which recognizes players who enrich the lives of people in their community. He announced his retirement from the sport in 2018. As an Indigenous athletic leader, Tootoo has long understood his responsibility as a role model and speaks openly about the need to fight the stigma around mental illness and to provide more mental health support. He founded the Team Tootoo Foundation in honour of his late brother Terence, to provide grants to various charities for suicide prevention and at-risk youth. In 2016, Tootoo was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal through the Order of Canada in recognition of his work. Action Photo Credit: Jordin Tootoo #22 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on February 19, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Frederick Breedon/Getty Images <Back

  • Asa Shenandoah, Lumbee/Tuscarora/Onondaga

    < Back Asa Shenandoah ​ ​ ​ Asa Shenandoah Lumbee/Tuscarora/Onondaga Induction Category: Year Inducted Athlete 2024 Asa Shenandoah, Daiaweñdodeh, represents two bloodlines. Her mother’s people, the Lumbee and Tuscarora Tribes of North Carolina, are river, swamp and coastal folk. Her father’s people welcomed the Peacemaker into Haudenosaunee territory on the Onondaga Lake. Though Shenandoah was adopted by her father’s nation at birth, her call to water comes from both sides. Shenandoah attended St. Andrew’s School in Delaware where she discovered rowing. She was moved to the top varsity boat as a sophomore, one of two underclassman on an all senior boat. That year she competed in the most prestigious high school rowing competition in the world, the 2004 Stotesbury Regatta. The team won with a time of 5:29:05 in the 1500m sprint. Their success secured them entry into the Henley Royal Regatta in England. Henley attracts Olympic and elite intercollegiate competitors from around the globe. Few high school programs participate. Her team set a divisional course record during the semifinals. They placed second in the finals. After college Shenandoah was approached to help create a Native crew team in Onondaga. At one time the lake had become one of the most polluted lakes in the world. She saw this as an opportunity to help to repair her community’s relationship with, and bring exposure to, the water. Shenandoah began coaching for the Syracuse City School crew team and Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club.These programs gave her the experience, certifications and support to grow the first indigenous crew team. Under her leadership the team gained representatives from across the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. She built connections that brought the team instruction from the head coach of Colgate University, training with Virginia Commonwealth University Women’s team and use of Syracuse University’s training facilities. They competed in several regattas within the first year. This crew of mothers, grandmothers, college students and aunties advocated for women and promoted wellness within their community. Since COVID, however, they are on hiatus. The goal for Shenandoah having a boathouse on the lake would be the first time the Onondaga People would occupy a place on the water in a very long time. <Back

  • Ellison Tarzan Brown, Narragansett

    < Back Ellison Tarzan Brown ​ ​ ​ Ellison Tarzan Brown Narragansett Induction Category: Year Inducted Athlete 2024 Ellison “Tarzan” Brown, also known as Deerfoot among his people, was born on September 22, 1913 and raised near where the Narragansett tribe's reservation was located. Ellison’s physical prowess at an early age led to his nickname of “Tarzan”. He was extremely agile and fast when running through the forest, climbing and swinging from trees and all of this was reminiscent of the Tarzan character who was popular at the time. “Tarzan’s” career moved onto the big stage in 1935 when he started training for the Boston Marathon. Brown started the race also wearing shoes that were falling apart. However, Brown etched himself into Boston Marathon folklore when he removed his shoes and finished the last third of the race barefoot. He finished in 13th place while Johnny Kelley from Massachusetts went on to win the Boston Marathon that year. It was the following year’s Boston Marathon where “Tarzan” took center stage among the esteemed list of Boston Marathon winners, when he outdueled the previous year’s winner, Johnny Kelley, over the last few miles. These miles were made up of modest hills and Kelley managed to catch up to Brown, only to see Brown surge ahead for good on the last hill, leading the media to name it “Heartbreak Hill”. Brown went on to win the 1936 Boston Marathon, helping to qualify “Tarzan” for the 1936 U.S. Olympic Team. Brown ended up being disqualified in the Olympic Marathon for getting medical assistance to rub out leg cramps. Upon his return to the U.S., the media was critical of Brown, often attributing his lack of success to his Indigenous heritage. Brown responded by winning a marathon in New York and another marathon in New Hampshire just 24 hours later. When asked why he ran two marathons in two days, he responded that it was to show his detractors that he didn’t give up in the Olympics. “Tarzan” would go on to win the 1939 Boston Marathon to solidify his place in history. He was the first runner to complete the Boston Marathon in under 2 hours and 30 minutes. He was set to be a member of the 1940 U.S. Olympic team but the outbreak of World War II in Europe would cancel the Olympic Games, and do the same to the 1944 Olympics. Ellison “Tarzan” Brown died on August 23, 1975. The accomplishments of the Indigenous icon live on forever. A reminder of an undying spirit and legacy of perseverance persists from Ellison “Tarzan” Brown. <Back

  • NAIAHF Teams

    Teams 1899 Carlisle Indian Industrial School 2017 NIFA Ladies Team Indigenous Canada 2023 Haudenosaunee Nationals Women 1999 Iroquois Nationals 2019 Haudenosaunee Nationals Women Sagkeeng Old Timers 2015 Team Canada Women's Soccer 2021 Haudenosaunee Nationals Women

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