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Kolby KickingWoman
Indian Country Today

In 2018, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota hosted Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. On Dec. 5, the stadium will host another big time game, the 2021 Indigenous Bowl.

The game is put on by the 7G Foundation and is billed as the organization’s premier event. This year’s Indigenous Bowl will be the fourth time the game has taken place, last year’s game had to be canceled due to COVID, and the inaugural game was played in 2017.

The game, “is an opportunity for young, Native athletes to showcase their talent on the football field, work with coaches and mentors, and develop the skills necessary to move to the next level of competition,” according to its website.

One of the exciting parts about this year is that the 7G Foundation has partnered with the NFL and Minnesota Vikings. Additionally, it was recently announced that the game will be free and open to the public; as well as being live-streamed on the Indigenous Bowl Facebook page. The Vikings play their home games in the U.S. Bank Stadium.

More than 60 high school senior Native student-athletes from across the country began arriving in Minneapolis on Wednesday to be divided into teams and to get some practices in before the game.

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Although, the week is about more than just the game.

The foundation brings in a number of speakers to talk with the student-athletes over the course of the week. From tribal leaders to former professional football players those in attendance will get insight on everything from collegiate scholarships to personal finance.

Indian Country Today will be on-the-ground, reporting from the game live on our social media channels. Be sure to check back to our website for player profiles and complete coverage of the 2021 Indigenous Bowl. 

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