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Kolby KickingWoman
Indian Country Today

The world of sports, as with the world in general, has battled through the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants to the best of its ability.

Unlike in 2020, leagues far and wide tried to bring a little normalcy back to the fold by bringing fans back to the stands and enacting protocols to deal with outbreaks; making 2021 a sports year like none other.

Throughout Indian Country, Indigenous athletes left their marks on their respective fields of play as well.

From Indigenous athletes bringing home medals at the Olympic and Paralympic games to Native high school seniors playing football at U.S. Bank Stadium to tribes getting into the sports betting market.

Maryland senior middle blocker Rainelle Jones (No. 2), Peguis First Nation descendent. Sept. 30, 2021 (Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics)

Take a look through some of Indian Country Today’s sports coverage of the last year.

Olympics

Indigenous athletes ring up Olympic wins

Surfing USA: Indigenous Hawaiian takes gold

Indigenous athletes medal at Paralympics

‘There goes Billy Mills!’

Football

Washington NFL Team says no Native-themed mascot

Indigenous Bowl showcases best of Indian Country

Best of the rest

Peguis First Nation descendant turning heads in D1 volleyball

Boston Marathon’s Indigenous legacy

Sports betting: The new, shiny toy

Navajo Code Talkers honored at National Finals Rodeo

Oneida cyclists blaze their own trail

A hall of fame resume

Championship within reach for Lumbee coach

Professional cyclist Shayna Powless, Oneida. (Photo courtesy of Nick Wilson Photography)

Be sure to come back to Indian Country Today in 2022 for more sports coverage from around Indian Country. 

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