Honoring Those That Came Before Us...
What an amazing ceremony! Thanks to all that made it, thanks to MSU-Billings for hosting, and thanks to the the great news coverage! Positives all the way around, that's how we like it!
Native American athletes celebrated at Indian Hall of Fame induction Dec. 7, 2016
Emotions flow as Indian Hall inducts 17 individuals, 2 teams Dec. 7, 2016
Billings Sports Talk - Dec. 7, 2016 - Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame
Camel honored with Indian HOF induction Dec. 6, 2016
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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 passed, 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."