The champions, male and female, from ages 8 to 34, competed in specific weight classes and five divisions, including senior, junior Olympic, intermediate, junior and bantam. Marvin Clifford, Sr. The tournament was a significant first step to producing a national Native American team to tour and compete at an international level and at the Pan Am Games, with the ultimate goal of training world-class boxers in time for the Olympic games. Previous organizations disbanded. Clifford said the Championships dated back to the late s, with the last tournament held in He said it is their goal to get the Championships recognized by the national governing bodies of amateur boxing as a viable and respectable organization.
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In the annals of Native American history, there have been some formidable women who fought fearlessly in battle, served as committed leaders, undertook dangerous journeys and saved lives. Here are five of the most powerful and influential Native American women of all time:. Nanye-hi was born into the Cherokee Wolf clan circa In , she stood by her husband during a fight against the Creeks, chewing the lead for bullets in order to provide his ammunition with deadly ridges. When her husband was fatally shot, Nanye-hi grabbed a rifle, rallied her fellow fighters and entered the battle herself. With her on their side, the Cherokee won the day. Nanye-hi also took part in treaty talks to the surprise of male colonists when they were on the other side of the bargaining table.
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Smith, who managed the U. Olympic boxing team, said he had retired from boxing-related duties. But he could not refuse when approached about the new position by Jim Millman, chief executive officer of U. Amateur Boxing Inc.
There was heartbreak across Indian country in August when the body of year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was found duct-taped in plastic in the Red River. The ribbon of water demarcates North Dakota from Minnesota, a tributary flowing northward across the Canadian border. It is where, a few years earlier, an indigenous girl, year-old Tina Fontaine, was discovered wrapped in a duvet cover and weighted down by rocks.