(Keshena, WI) – On Sunday July 27, 2014 the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin welcomed home the athletes of Team Wisconsin who were returning from the North American Indigenous Games which took place in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Team Wisconsin was composed of some of the finest Native American athletes from all Tribes in the State. These athletes trained rigorously over the past year to prepare themselves to take on the challenge to represent their families, Tribes and State on Team Wisconsin. Team Wisconsin competed in a variety of individual and team sports during the week-long competition, bringing home a total of 38 medals; 9 Gold; 14 Silver; and 15 Bronze.
Tribal Chairwoman Laurie Boivin is elated to share the following statement:
“On behalf of the Menominee Indian Tribe and Tribal Legislature, I would like to congratulate each and every athlete of Team Wisconsin. The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) is the equivalent of the Olympics in Indian Country. NAIG brings together the best of the best in all 500+ Indian Nations. We at Menominee are fortunate to have so many talented youth and young adult athletes that succeed in the rigorous selection process for this competition.” Chairwoman Boivin went on to say, “I would like to thank our Menominee Athletes for your dedication, commitment and for bringing honor to your people. You have been judged the best of the best in Native American Athletics. Pass those lessons onto the young ones who will model after you.”
To view the final standings of the 2014 North American Indigenous Games, please visit NAIG2014.gems.pro.