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KC Chiefs Celebrate Native Heritage Month With Help From Hall of Famer

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When former running back Priest Holmes was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame, he was ceremoniously congratulated with the help of Native representatives from the local Kansas City community and from local states.

On November 2, during the Chiefs vs. Jets game, Cheyenne/Arapaho spiritual leader Moses Starr, Jr. blessed the drum and the four directions inside the stadium before handing the drum mallet to Holmes.

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Holmes accepted the tribute as part of the Chiefs celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The organization celebrated American Indians by: the Blessing of the Four Directions (of the staduim), performed by Starr Jr.; a Drum Blessing Ceremony; an Honor Song, which was in recognition of former Kansas City Mayor H. Roe Bartle; American Indian Honor Color Guard including, We-Ta-Se, American Legion 410 Honor Color Guard; National Anthem, sung by Tabitha Fair, Chickasaw, along with the Chickasaw Nation Youth Choir; and the Drum Mallet Delivery, where Starr Jr., joined by American Indian youth, delivered the mallet to Holmes.

To watch a video of the ceremony, click here.