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NAIG Info Session


The 2006 North American Indigenous Games

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The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) is a celebration of sport and culture for North American Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island (North America). Recognized by the Aboriginal Peoples and Governments of Canada and Tribal nations from the U.S. - the 2006 North American Indigenous Games - Sports Warrior Games™ will be held in July 2nd - 9th, 2006 in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Organized and managed by the Native American Sports Council, Inc., a non-profit organization and member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the 2006 North American Indigenous Games - Sports Warrior Games™ offer competition in 16 Olympic sports for youth between the ages of 13-19 and all abilities. The primary venue for the NAIG - Sports Warrior Games™ is the University of Denver — DPS South Multi-Sports Sports Complex with competitions also taking place at Regis University, Gold Crown Field House, Sloans Lake, Tall Bull Memorial and at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The first North American Indigenous Games were in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1990. Since, there have been a total of five games, four in Canada and one in Blaine, Minnesota, with the most recent games held in Winnipeg, Canada where more than 8,000 athletes, 2,000 coaches and staff representing 27 different States, 15 Provinces and Territories participated. The NAIG Sports Warrior Games™ will feature selected sports of the Olympic and Pan American Games as well as sports of North American Indigenous orgin.

The sixteen (16) Sports selected for the 2006 NAIG Include the following:
Archery Badminton Basketball Baseball
Boxing Canoeing Golf Lacrosse
Riffle Shooting Soccer Softball Swimming
Tae Kwon Do Track & Field Volleyball Wrestling

There will also be a Special Olympic component to the Games, gathering some of the top Aboriginal Special Olympic athletes from around North America.  Participation in 2006 NAIG Sports Warrior Games is expected to reach 6,000 Native athletes, 1,200 coaches & staff and 2,000 volunteers, with over 50,000 families and spectators participating in the Opening Ceremonies at INVESCO Field Stadium (formerly Mile High Stadium).


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