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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 9, 2002 - Issue 54


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2002 Sports Warrior Boxing Team Tour

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Native American Sports Council (NASC), a member organization of the United States Olympic Committee (US0C), and group member of USA Boxing announced today its team members for competition in a three-city New England boxing tour. The team will be comprised of 10 Native American boxers representing six different American Indian Nations.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation will kick-off the 2002 Sports Warrior Boxing Team Tour with a dual competition between the Native American Champions vs. Team Ireland Select, Tuesday, March 19 at Foxwoods' Fox Theater.

The Native American boxers will participate in International Olympic style amateur boxing dual competitions with a team from Ireland and a New England club team at the following locations; Foxwoods Resort Casino - Fox Theater, Mashantucket, CT, March 19; Northeastern University - Mathews Arena, Boston, MA, March 22; Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH, March 25.

The NASC Sports Warrior Boxing Tour, through the discipline of boxing, was created to promote the virtues and values of a "Sports Warrior". A "Sports Warrior" is one who embodies the values of.. assuming responsibility, practices humility, gives respect for self and others, and demonstrates courage. The NASC Sports Warriors will conduct an outreach program during each stop of their New England tour. This program is aimed at developing Native American boxers in a way that blends sport, culture and education into a "Sports Warrior's" way of life.

In addition to the boxing event at Northeastern University's 14th Annual Fight to Educate, the Sports Warrior's will participate in an honoring ceremony recognizing the Choctaw Nation's contribution of aid to the starving people of Ireland during the historic and devastating Potato Famine, 150 years ago. The ceremony is to be televised on the New England Cable Network.

Below is the list of the Native American Champions and staff for the 2002 Sports Warrior Boxing - New England Team Tour.

2002 Sports Warrior Boxing Team
New England Tour
March 19 – 25, 2002


Delvin Williams, Jr. (Navajo) Bantamweight (119 lbs. / 54 kgs.)
Tim Lindgren, Jr. (Ojibwe) Featherweight (125 lbs. / 57 kgs.)
Suanitu Hogue (Navajo) Lightweight (132 lbs. / 60 kgs.)
Silas Ortley (Standing Rock Sioux) Light Welterweight (139 lbs. / 63.5 kgs.)
Grant John (Navajo) Welterweight (147 lbs. / 67 kgs.)
David “Derek” Hinkey (Paiute- Ft. McDermitt) Middleweight (165 lbs. / 75 kgs.)
Dudley Yazzie (Navajo) Middleweight (165 lbs. / 75 kgs.)
Doug Yazzie, II (Navajo) Light Heavyweight (178 lbs. / 81 kgs.)
Emerson Chasing Bear (Standing Rock Sioux) Heavyweight (201 lbs. / 91 kgs.)
Lester “Tyler” Hinkey (Paiute- Ft. McDermitt) Super Heavyweight (201+lbs./ 91+kgs.)

Stonehorse Goeman (Seneca/Ojibwe)
Douglas Yazzie (Navajo)

Gene A. Keluche
Inez Garcia
Joe Letellier
Mo Smith
Dr. Deb Waters, MD.

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