By Jack McNeel
Joining them were Imani Antone, Miss Coeur d’Alene Tribe and Little Miss Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Kathryn Matt. They wore beaded crowns and jingle dresses and dropped a ceremonial hockey puck onto the ice, the customary start of a hockey match.
One of the Chiefs players, Todd Fiddler, is a Cree member from Saskatchewan. A few other Natives have played for the Chiefs in past years as well. Todd signed autographs following the game for roughly 150-200 people, mostly Native Americans. “They thought that was pretty neat,” Apple said.
For more on Indians and hockey, see Aboriginal Hockey TV Reality Show and Eight Native Players on Stanley Cup.
Below: "Cheldon and Quanah Ramos, in regalia; DJ Pacheco, Laguna, and James Porter, Jr., Kootenai, players." (Jack McNeel)