A fishing tournament Sept. 22 was the first of many Indian Day events hosted at the Brighton Reservation.
In the following days, Tribal members would turn in arts and crafts (Sept. 26), participate in a clothing contest (Sept. 27) and then see many Indian Day options on the final day, Sept. 28.
On the final day, the Brighton Recreation Office set up gear for a wide range of events at Tucker Ridge where families gathered following a 5K walk and run that took place at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena.
At Tucker Ridge, the adults participated in an archery contest, as well as a cypress run and thatch race. For those who wanted something a little less physical in the soaring heat and humidity, there was also a horseshoe and corn hole tournament available.
Tribal youth had many options, too, such as a kayak tug o’ war and chicken chase. There was also a co-ed canoe race and a turtle racing competition.
Lunch was served under a big tent and food-related competition included a pumpkin bread and fry bread cooking competition.
Later in the day, dinner and bingo was set up in the gymnasium to close out the activities.
Marvin Newkirk and other staff members from the Brighton Recreation Office joined Lewis Gopher and Robin R. LaClair from the Brighton Council Office in organizing all the options.
– Damon Scott