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Individuals’ Contributions To Sport Recognized

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      WINTER 1997      v27 n04 p33  
Fred Sasakamoose, Herb Strongeagle, Victor Machiskinic, Lawrence Weenie
Standing: Fred Sasakamoose
left to right:
Herb Strongeagle,
Victor Machiskinic,
Lawrence Weenie
The second inductees to the Saskatchewan First Nations Sports Hall of Fame were honoured in a ceremony held on August 26, 1997 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Victor Machiskinic, Herb Strongeagle and Lawrence Weenie were recognized for their lifetime achievement in furthering First Nations involvement in sport.

Victor Machiskinic was born in 1933 on the Kawacatoose First Nation. He began playing organized hockey while a student at the Muskowekwan Residential School.

His career began in earnest when he played forward right wing for the Raymore Rockets in 1957 and then moved on to the Quinton Sabres. After four years with the Sabres, Machiskinic took a break to raise his 14 children with his wife, Ida. He went back to the Sabres in 1974, playing with his son Alfred "Gordie" Machiskinic.

Machiskinic played for the Poorman Old-Timers and the Piapots in the 1980s. He has also played for the Kinistin Winter Hawks, the Saskatchewan Tribes and the Kawacatoose Storm Troopers. In 1997, Machiskinic entered the Saulteaux First Nations Annual Family Hockey Tournament with four of his sons, four of his grandsons and two nephews. The family hockey legacy lives on.

Herb Strongeagle was born in Fort Qu'Appelle in 1934. A member of the Pasqua First Nation, Strongeagle began his involvement in organized sport in the 1950s at residential school in Lebret.

He excelled at track and field, baseball and hockey. His athletic achievements were honoured in 1952 with the Tom Longboat Medal.

After graduation, Strongeagle continued playing the sports he loved. He played with the Intermediate C Fort Qu'Appelle Sioux Indians in the early 1960s winning a number of provincial championships.

Strongeagle pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Ottawa, playing hockey while he attended school.

Strongeagle is now a scout for the WHLs Regina Pats and plays in old-timers hockey tournaments. He remains dedicated to the success of First Nations youth in sport.

Lawrence Weenie was born in 1932 on the Poundmaker First Nation. Like so many others, his organized sport experience began at residential school with hockey and soccer.

In 1951, Weenie joined the Royal Canadian Engineers Airborne parachute unit, making 30 successful jumps. He was also a fixture on his unit's teams, playing fastball and soccer.

He left the RCAF in 1957 and worked at a number of jobs on the reserve. In 1968 Weenie became involved in organizing Poundmaker's youth in sports.

Weenie moved on in 1975, becoming the North Battleford area Sports Coordinator for the FSIN. He changed directions slightly in 1980, receiving a diploma in radio broadcasting. This led to a job with the Moccasin Telegraph where he became known as the "Voice of Indian Sports."

From 1984 until 1988, Weenie served as Chief of Poundmaker. Choosing not to run again, he returned to announcing for the Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation.

He was instrumental in planning the 1995 Saskatchewan Indian Summer Games hosted by the Poundmaker First Nation. Lawrence Weenie is now retired but remains solidly in touch with First Nations sporting events throughout western Canada.

The Sports Hall of Fame was first envisioned in 1993 to showcase First Nation accomplishments in sports and recreation. The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Legislative Assembly endorsed the Hall of Fame in 1994. That fall, five individuals were inducted: long-distance runners Paul Acoose and Alex Wuttunee-Decoteau, soccer player David Greyeyes and hockey players Fred Sasakamoose and Art Obey. The Hall of Fame is located at 100-103B Packham Avenue in Saskatoon.