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Sports Legends Honoured At The Grand Opening Of Saskatchewan First Nations Sports Hall Of Fame

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JUNE 1994      v23 n05 p18  
Soon the echoes of past glory will permeate the halls of the Peace Hills Trust building in Saskatoon on the Muskeg Lake Reserve, as our first heroes take their place in the Saskatchewan First Nations Sports Hall of Fame.

The lineup is impressive: Alex Wuttunee Decoteau - Red Pheasant First Nation (1887 - 1917) who qualified and placed sixth in the 5600 m final at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden and was killed in his prime by a sniper's bullet at the Battle of Passchindaele;

David Greyeyes Steele - Muskeg Lake First Nation (1914) an outstanding soccer player who represented Saskatchewan against Newcastle United in 1949 and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports hall of Fame in 1977;

Frederick George Sasakamoose - Ahtahkakoop First Nation(1933) who was the first Treaty Indian to make the NHL, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks;

Arthur Obey - Piapot First Nation (1931 - 1988), who in 1960 received the Tom Longboat trophy for the best Indian Athlete in Canada, and will long be remembered as a pioneer of the Saskatchewan Indian Recreation movement;

Paul Acoose - Sakimay First Nation (1883 - 1978) fleet of foot like his father and grandfather, turned pro in 1909 and won $500 in his first race against English runner Fred Appleby in a 15 mile race, setting a world record of 1:22:22.

On July 14 these sports legends will be honoured at the Grand Opening and First Induction Dinner of the Saskatchewan First Nations Sports Hall of Fame.

The Blessing Ceremony will take place at the Peace Hills Trust Building at 8:30 in the morning; the Grand Opening at 4.00 p.m. A reception dinner and induction ceremony at Saskatoon Inn, begins at 6:00 p.m. It promises to be a day of pride and nostalgia for family, friends, and fans, and a wonderful opportunity to reminisce with and to shake the hands of a legend.

The impetus to create the Sports Hall of Fame came from the Saskatchewan Indian Sports and Recreation Commission, which recognized a growing need to document and properly showcase First Nations excellence in sports.

In January 1993 the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations passed the resolution in the Legislative Assembly, bringing the FN Sport Hall of Fame into existence.

As time goes by, a wealth of sports history will be gathered, preserved interpreted and displayed in this special place; honouring and forever remembering a fine sporting tradition and the achievements of our First Nations Sports heroes of Saskatchewan.

To purchase tickets for the reception and dinner contact Robert Whiteman 244-4444 or 665-1215