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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:
|Tae Kwon Do
||Track & Field
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).