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Oshkiimaajitahdah Summer Camp Series in Red Lake


RED LAKE - The Oshkiimaajitahdah Summer Camp Series will be held for four consecutive weeks in June. “Oshkiimaajitahdah means New Beginnings in the Ojibwe language and these camps are geared toward new beginning lacrosse, running and volleyball athletes,” said series director Dan Ninham. “The camps share indigenous perspectives of the indigenous games that each activity holds. We are preparing today to compete tomorrow.”

The Oshkiimaajitahdah Lacrosse Camp will be held Monday to Saturday, June 6 to 11 from noon to 5 pm at the Red Lake Hospital Field. The camp is open to boys and girls of all ages and attendance is encouraged for any of the days or all week. Skills, drills, and game play in gear will be the focus. Sticks and protective gear are available if needed. The guest instructor on Monday through Thursday will be an NCAA DI Native American Woman Lacrosse Player (NCAA DI compliance rules state an athlete name or image cannot be promoted in an event). The guest instructors on Thursday through Saturday will be Coach Dan Shook of West Virginia and regional club coaches. The same guest instructors will be at the North Central Lacrosse Jamboree on Wednesday, June 8 at the Bemidji State University Chet Anderson Field from 6 to 8 pm. This event is open to all new or current lacrosse players in the North Central Lacrosse region. There will be 3 on 3 game play with Ojibwe rules and all players will be wearing a provided borrowed college jersey. Admission and participation is free.

The Oshkiimaajitahdah Running and Fitness Camp I will be held Monday through Thursday, June 13 to 16 from noon to 5 pm at the Red Lake Hospital Field. The camp is open to boys and girls of all ages. The guest instructors are Cami Paulson (Blackfeet), former NCAA DI Coach, and former three time Missouri Valley Conference Champion in Track at Drake University, and Chuck Foster (Navajo), former NJCAA All American Runner, New Mexico State High School Champion Coach, and member of the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Oshkiimaajitahdah Running and Fitness Camp II will be held Monday through Thursday, June 20 to 23 from noon to 5 pm and Friday, June 24 from 10 am to 3 pm and both days at the Red Lake Hospital Field. The camp is open to boys and girls of all ages. The guest instructor is Angelo Baca (Navajo/Hopi), former NJCAA National Champion Runner and currently a filmmaker and doctoral student at Brown University.

The Oshkiimaajitahdah Volleyball and Fitness Camp will be held on Monday through Thursday, June 27 and 30 from noon to 5 pm at the Red Lake Humanities Center Gym. The camp is open to girls in grades six through 12 and attendance can be for one or both days. The guest instructors are Naomi Wildhair (Navajo), former player at the University of Texas El Paso and Bradley Nash (Navajo), former player at New Mexico State University.

All events are free and open to all boys and girls from near and far. The commuter camp concept is a late start and early finish for most days.

“We are developing a new beginning culture of physically active lifestyles through indigenous games at the Red Lake Nation and we are encouraging others to join us,” added Dan Ninham.

Pre Registration is required by noon the day before each camp by contacting Dan Ninham with a text to 218.368.6430 or email to Include camp date, name, age, hometown, cell #, email address and medical concerns if it applies. A final schedule will be emailed to pre-registered campers. The sponsors of the series are Oshkiimaajitahdah and Honor the Earth.


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