Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame

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Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame Celebrates Browning Cross Country June 25th

Browning, MT- The Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame will celebrate the Browning Cross Country Dynasty Thursday, June 25th from 6pm to 8pm. The location will be at the Browning High School gymnasium.


The Browning High School Runnin’ Indians Cross Country teams are recognized across the state and at the national level for their running dominance. 22 State boys and eight State girls Championships, along with multiple running records and team scores are just a part of the Dynasty. We want to acknowledge and celebrate the runners, coaches, families, and tribal accomplishments of some of the greatest runners in the country. Bring your stories, pictures and newspaper clippings and we will document and add to the MIAHOF website, Facebook and eventual building for future generations to see.


A pot luck feed is planned, so bring food and drinks if possible. Like us on Facebook and receive all updates. Many thanks to all those helping out and supporting this event. Hope to see you at the ceremony to help us celebrate the Dynasty of Runnin’ Indians Cross Country!

2104 Induction Ceremony will be in December location to be decided. Keep the nominations coming. Download the form here for Nominations! Mail or email them in or message us on Facebook!

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2012 Hall of Fame Induction Page is up!

The 2012 Hall of Fame Induction was on December 6, 2012 at the MSUB Downtown Campus in Billings, MT. We had roughly 300 people attend! Thank you all for your support!

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The hall of fame is the creation of Don Wetzel, Sr. a former Cut Bank and University of Montana standout and coach. It came out of a talk he had with his father about 10 years ago concerning the need to recognize Indian athletes.
The Hall of Fame will bring the past to the present, showing the youth and the native communities that we have our own legends among us and for those that have past, we will restore their memory and accomplishments.
This has never happened for the Native Athletes of our state and with so many great athletes and teams representing Indian Country, this is definitely necessary.
The Hall will recognize college and high school athletes, coaches and teams from all sports venues that have documented accomplishments. All-State, All-American, State Championships and MVPs. Record breakers and record holders that made their community proud during their amazing championship runs.

"I started looking at the '20s and '30s and found there were all-state teams and I never knew about those players and coaches," Wetzel said. "I felt the need to bring them out and recognize them. There were some that were just legends that will pop to the front."

Update:

We are trying out a new event to celebrate the Cross Country runners and teams of Browning High School. We want to extend this approach to other reservations and bring folks together to celebrate past teams and individuals. Stay tuned!

~Don Wetzel, Sr.