Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation
 

August 6, 2012

NATIVE AMERICAN ATHLETES DESERVE MORE SUPPORT

In the 20th Century, Jim Thorpe, a Potawatomi, won two Olympic gold medals, played professional baseball and football and became the first president of the league that would become the NFL!!!

Four years ago Navaho distance runner Brandon Leslie was among several Native American Indian hopefuls in the 2008 Olympics but his battle for financial backing is typical of top-notch Indian athletes. Maurice Smith, an advocate with the Native American Sports Council, which is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, said,

“I can’t raise a dollar for this kid because nobody believes in his passion and understands that here was the next Billy Mills.”

Leslie left a reservation in Gallup, New Mexico, and became an NCAA Division II All-American and the 2000 Division II 10,000-meters champion at Adams State College in Alamose, Colorado. His best time in the event was 28 minutes, 36.52 seconds, and he competed in the 2004 Olympic trials. Where are you now, Leslie?

Smith said Native American Indian athletes don’t lack drive or talent. “The perspiration is there,” he said. “The commitment is there. We need to continue to be resilient and provide more opportunities.”

Healthy sports participation vibrates on most reservations but not beyond. THAT COULD CHANGE IS THE NATIVE AMERICAN OLYMPIC STEERING COMMITTEEE’S BID FOR OLYMPIC INCLUSION SUCCEEDS! Bid organizers want international olympic committee recognition as a sovereign nation, which would allow Native American Indians and First Nations athletes in Canada to compete in the games to compete as their own North American Indigenous team!!!

This would present an exciting opportunity for all Native American and First Nations athletes.

REMEMBER, STAND TOGETHER!  WANJILA NAJIMPI!  HELP ONE ANOTHER!  OKICIYAPI!

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

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