Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame

Honoring Those That Came Before Us...

2009 Inductees:

George Yellow Eyes
Robert Howard, Sr.
Albert Hawley
Roy Old Person
Fernandel Omeasoo

George stood 5’7’’ tall but took the game to the next level. You had to make sure he was picked up on defense as soon as he received the Ball because he would shoot from anywhere. Known for his outstanding shooting ability and uncanny quickness; he could hit from everywhere, back when the “winners” would shoot we did not have a 3 point goal. I would automatically add 12-18 points a game to his total. He also played for 2008 Inductee Hall of fame coach Joe McDonald at Miles City State School.

~ Relatives of George Yellow Eyes

An enrolled BlackFeet from Browning, strong rebounding, strong defense, ability to score around the basket was his greatest strength ….went to western Montana college and received his B.S degree in Education in 1952. At 6’2’’ Robert was a big man and continued his hard work ethic and was inducted into the Western Montana basketball Hall of Fame in 1981, an automatic choice.

Ft. Belknap Assiniboine/Gros Ventre was not only an outstanding athlete but a prominent citizen. Albert M. Hawley, who was from Hays, MT, and attended Haskell from 1925 to 1928. All-Haskell Football Team, All-American Honorable Mention (1928 & 1929). The state of Arizona named a lake after him called Hawley Lake. He was prominent principal, coach, and teacher in Idaho and Nevada, AAU boxing commissioner in Nevada, American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973.

~ Relatives of Albert Hawley

1960’s runner ran for Wichita State against Bill Mills. He was a strong - strong runner. 1st of many BlackFeet “Aces”

~ Roy Old Person Induction Speech

Omeasoo was a standout runner in cross country for Browning High School from 1977-1980. He won four state cross country individual championships, the first Montana. He led his team to four consecutive State Class
B championships, part of the eleven year string of boys’ cross country championships for Browning High School. In the late seventies, Omeasoo was the third high school male in the United States to win four
consecutive individual state high school cross country championships.

Fort Shaw Indian School Women's Team - 1904

When basketball was new, a progressive principal of an Indian boarding school taught the game to his female students. They picked it up quickly and well, barnstorming across Montana and defeating all comers. Local club teams, high school teams, college teams all fell to the ladies from Fort Shaw. Their speed and teamwork were simply overwhelming. Today they call this style of play "Rezball." Back then, it was just the way the Fort Shaw team played. In 1904 the young ladies from the Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School, located in Montana’s Sun River Valley, attended the Model Indian School at the St. Louis World's Fair. The Fort Shaw team again took on all comers and emerged victorious. For their efforts, the team received a trophy commemorating their achievements, declaring them World's Fair champions. Upon their return to Montana, they were hailed as Champions of the World.

Del Fritzler Glenn Fritzler Gordon Real Bird, Sr. Bob Parsley  

A man with god given strength was a good, tough overall athlete. A bull underneath the basket he could knock heads with the best of them. He started steer wrestling as a young man and learned quick by winning All-American honors. Del Fritzler was the 1980 world steer wrestling champ. That started a run as a state champion coach. He enjoyed kids and enjoyed working around them. Coach Fritzler used his strength with kids and taught them character and honor by to pulling them together. His team was crowned boys basketball champs in 1987. Evidence that he is a winner through and through.

Glenn has been in Pro Rodeo his entire life as a professional bull rider and steer wrestler. He was also a world class pro rodeo clown, one of the most important men in the arena.

Coach Real Bird won 4 state titles for the lodge Grass Indians- 85-86-87-88. Coach of the year four years - and nominated national coach of the year.

Wolf Point Wolves/ Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Played on three state tournament teams(61-63) under great Coach Bob Lowry. The Wolves won the State B Tourney in 61 & 62. Bob went on to play at Carroll College and Northern Montana College and was an All Frontier Conference selection three years. At 6’5" Bob could play inside and out for the Lights. He was also honored as the NAIA MVP for NMC Basketball in 1967. He was selected to the MSU Northern Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. Went on to dominate the softball leagues with crushing power and homeruns a plenty. Bob got his degree in secondary education at Northern Montana College, Class of 1969. He worked 23 years for the Montana Office of Public Instruction as the Indian Education Specialist, and is retiring from USDA Rural Development on December 31, 2009 after 12 years.