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Brighton Indian Day


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

Brighton’s Indian Day traditional clothing contest is always a popular event and this year was no different as the community gathered Sept. 27 at the recreation gymnasium. (Photo SMP Broadcasting)
Malcolm Jones manages to smile despite carrying heavy logs during Brighton’s Indian Day on Sept. 28. (Photo Damon Scott)
Jaylen Baker is all set to compete in the log carrying contest. (Photo Damon Scott)
Jewel Lavatta competes in the palm fronds race. (Photo Damon Scott)
Salina Dorgan works hard during a cooking event. (Photo Damon Scott)
Justin Osceola has his hands full as he sprints toward the finish line. (Photo Damon Scott)
Damon Scott
Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at

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