By John Klein
Smith, who was an undefeated high school wrestler in high school and a collegiate athlete, said he relies on lessons learned on the mat every day in his job as chief of the nation's second-largest tribe.
"There are a lot of sports that teach values like self-reliance and determination," said Smith. "I don't know if there is a better example than wrestling."
Smith, who oversees a tribe with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Smith was voted into the Hall of Outstanding Americans, an honor reserved for wrestlers who have gone on to become leaders in politics, business and entertainment.
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