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High school athletes get glimpse of big time at the NFL Indigenous Bowl

About 80 Indigenous players from across the nation gathered for the game at U.S. Bank Stadium


December 13, 2022

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Gaabi Boucha (25), an Ojibwe player, who goes to Warroad High School, stood with his Red Knights teammates for the national anthem.

The view inside U.S. Bank Stadium stunned Gaabi Boucha.

The Ojibwe tribal member from central Minnesota was among 80 Indigenous high school students from across the country gathered for the fifth annual Indigenous Bowl on Sunday. They represented more than 50 tribal nations, and were supported by Indigenous coaches, referees and staff members.

"It really took my breath away just looking up and seeing the stands go as high as the sky," said Boucha, one of three Minnesota players at the bowl. "This game is a really big opportunity for me, and I want to come here and put on a show for my people back home and for my tribe."

Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Brianna Cook with her daughter, Marzia Kingbird, 8, both members of the Red Lake band, waited to take the field with other fancy dancers to perform during halftime.


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