Pokagon Olympic team returns with medals

By Dean Orvis, Wellness Center coordinator

The Michigan Indian Family Olympics brings together tribal citizens from all corners of the state for two days of family-friendly competition in Michigan’s largest Native American sporting event.

The annual event draws more 1,000 participants to Central Michigan University in a display of athletic prowess, competitive spirit, and tribal teamwork. The tribe vs tribe challenge is a fun way to compete against citizens from sixteen other tribal nations while keeping an emphasis on inclusiveness and family fun.

This year, the Pokagon Band earned medals in nearly every age category, from infants to elders. We are especially proud of our elders this year as they brought home a combined eighteen medals! The wide range of medal winning by Pokagon citizens demonstrates our commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and fun fitness throughout the Native American community.

If you would like to help us reach our goal of being the overall first place tribe in Michigan at next year’s Olympics, contact a member of the Wellness Center staff. All participants receive a custom team uniform, and transportation is available to the games. Regardless of your age or ability, there are events designed for you at the Michigan Indian Family Olympics!