Native Village Youth and Education News
November, 2009 Volume 4

Native American World Series brings 87 softball teams to Mesquite fields
David Bly
Condensed by Native Village

Utah: Softball teams from all over the United States and Canada converged on Mesquite for the National Indian Sports Associationís Native American World Series. 

 87 teams competed according to Tami Letterman who organizes the World Series with her husband, Bobby.  Bobby, a Cherokee, played for many years with the Provo Blazers, an all-Indian basketball team. He organized the first all-Indian softball world series in 1995 when only four teams played.

 Tami said each team brought about 20 people to town, not counting family and friends. ďThe nice thing about this is that everybody brings their families and they make it a vacation,Ē she said.

Tournament Results

Menís Upper Division winners (31 teams)

1. Sioux Nation, Prairie Island, Minn.
2. Nations, Salt Lake City
3. KCK Braves, Idaho & Washington
4. Warriors, Prairie Island, Minn.
5. Lac Vieux Desert, Watersmeet, Mich.
6. Warriors, Washington State

Menís Lower Division winners (9 teams)

1. Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Atmore, Ala.
2. Native Pride, Gallup, N. M.
3. Native Outlaws, Fort Duchesne, Utah
4. Hokey Pokey, Page Ariz.

Womenís (19 teams)

1. Bee Liners - Phoenix, Ariz.
2. All Nations Natives, Great N. W. Washington
3. North West Connexion, Oregon, Idaho, Washington
4. Harvest, Fort Duchesne, Utah
5. Bad Medicine, Reno, Nev.
6. Team Canada, Hobbema, Alberta, Canada

Coed Upper Division winners (39 teams)

1. KCK Allstars, Idaho & Wahington
2. Dirt Kids, Phoenix, Ariz.
3. Central Navajos, Mesa Ariz.
4. Kah-Nee-Ta, Warm Springs, Ore.
5. Native Dynasty, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
6. Dark Meat, Schurz, Nev.

Coed Lower Division winners (13 teams)

1. Charlie Bís, El Reno, Okla.
2. Red Man, Cedar City, Utah
3. Executors
4. Nor Kal

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