Honoring Those That Came Before Us...
We have nominations coming in and I wanted to give a heads up to everyone that our next induction ceremony will be December 7, 2016.
We'll post the nomination form here soon, so if you have someone in mind you can fill it out and mail it in. Make sure you include awards and statistics of each individual or team. All-state, All-Tournament, MVPs, Championships, etc. We will start highlighting past inductees again soon and upload induction speeches!
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Our Tribal Athletes and the histories behind their accomplishments are honestly the modern-day lore of tribal deeds, of warrior legends! The information we are gathering within the MIAHOF may someday be taught in the history books of our state, but for now it is the present-day oral interpretations of our people, a beautiful representation of a strong nation. Our youth will be able to look back and see the accomplishments of their family, relatives, and tribes!
The hall of fame is the creation of Don Wetzel, Sr. a former Cut Bank and University of Montana standout and coach. It came out of a talk he had with his father about 10 years ago concerning the need to recognize Indian athletes.
The Hall of Fame will bring the past to the present, showing the youth and the native communities that we have our own legends among us and for those that have past, we will restore their memory and accomplishments.
This has never happened for the Native Athletes of our state and with so many great athletes and teams representing Indian Country, this is definitely necessary.
The Hall will recognize college and high school athletes, coaches and teams from all sports venues that have documented accomplishments. All-State, All-American, State Championships and MVPs. Record breakers and record holders that made their community proud during their amazing championship runs.
"I started looking at the '20s and '30s and found there were all-state teams and I never knew about those players and coaches," Wetzel said. "I felt the need to bring them out and recognize them. There were some that were just legends that will pop to the front."