Empowered Youth Development Initiatives presents …


2023 and 2022 North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame Meet and Greet Session

Canterbury Park Expo Center, Shakopee, Minnesota, USA: https://www.canterburypark.com/ 


No Cost to Attend and the General Public Is Invited – Free Parking – Children Need Adult Supervision


Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Canterbury Park Expo Center:



The North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame will recognize the classes of 2023 and the inaugural 2022 inductees in a general public meet, greet and mingle session.


By honoring and celebrating the empowered journey of these individuals and teams, the hope is their stories may inspire future generations to follow their dreams in athletics.


Check out all the inductees on the NAIAHF website: https://www.naiahf.org/

including these Banquet Attendees and families of posthumous inductees:  Ryneldi Becenti, Robert “Bob” Gawboy, Jerry Tuckwin, Edison Eskeets, Alvin Begay Jr., Mark D. Williams, L.A. Williams, Ross Anderson, Naomi Lang, James Walker, Jim Maloney, Niki Gashing Goodwin, Gerald (Jerry) Gourneau, Donny Belcourt, Ayanna O’Kimosh, Dano Thorne, Michael Robinson, Theodore Niizhotay Fontaine, Michael Linklater, Brian Chrupalo, Steve McDonald, Joe Hipp, Matt Roberson, Jason Taylor, Jolene Nagy, Lacey Baker, Danielle Dawson, Margaret Badger, Devan Williams, Victoria Marchard, Angelo Baca, Becki Wells-Staley, Brady Fairbanks, Carol Hull, David Powless, Earl Sargent, Eddie Lone Eagle, Ernie Stevens Jr., George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah, Henry Boucha, Jack Powless, Gewas Schindler, Katie Taylor, Kyle Khaayák’w Worl, Leanne Sirup, Denise Tsadeyohdi Waterman, Martin F. Wheelock, Maurice “Mo” Smith, 7G Foundation, Bennae Calac, Wilton Littlechild, Michael Thomas, Ron Brown, William (Bill) Wasden Sr., Jim Warne Jr., Tom Gardipy Jr., Brianna Mazzolini-Blanchard, Harry Rice, and Kiara Peterson.


1:30 to 2:45 pm, General Public Meet and Greet Session with Attending 2023 and Inaugural 2022 NAIAHF Inductees 

Emcee: Susan Ninham


2:45-3:00 pm, Closing Ceremonies 

Co-Emcees: Dr. Dan and Susan Ninham

Traveling Song: Tuwe Sece Kun Drum, Prairie Island Dakota 


Banquet Sponsors:

Title – Empowered Youth Development Initiatives

Gold Medal – Bald Eagle Erectors, Inc.

Bronze Medal – Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Boxing Commission Department of Regulation

Bronze Medal – Indian Gaming Association

Bronze Medal – 7G Foundation


Table Sponsors:

Family of Jim Nielson

Billy and Pat Mills

JR Conrad


Note: Consider going to the horse races at 3:00 pm and the at door admission is $10 per adult and $8 per child from five years old; the horse races are family friendly

  Information: Dr. Dan Ninham, cell: 218.368.6430 or coach.danninham@gmail.com