Brighton Reservation Celebrates National Indian Day

By Emma Brown

BRIGHTON — The Brighton community began celebrating Indian Day on Sept. 20 with the adult horseshoe tournament at the rodeo arena.

On Sept. 22 men and women came out for the single elimination volleyball tournament at the Brighton gymnasium. The teams were made up by a blind draw to make the tournament fairer and to give each team a better chance.

The 5k run/walk was also held at 6 a.m., on the morning of Sept. 22. Walkers/runners of all ages came out to participate and complete the distance in the dark while fighting the mosquitoes.

Most of the events and the commencement of Indian Day for Brighton were held on Sept. 23. The women competed in skillet throwing, pumpkin bread cooking and pole peeling, while the men competed in archery, hatchet throwing and pole peeling.

As usual, there were also youth events so that the youngsters weren’t left out. The young kids enjoyed games like the three-legged race, sack race and balloon toss, while the teens enjoyed skillet throwing, fry bread cooking and horseshoes.

The senior citizens enjoyed a few games of bingo and horseshoes as well. There was a lot to do and enjoy for every age and the community always gets involved in celebrating National Indian Day.