2490 Olympics Well, at this stage of the game (er, pun intended!) almost 90% of the Olympic athletes from Turtle Island are of Aboriginal descent. Of course, the majority of government officials, doctors, lawyers, teachers, artists and rock stars are Indian, too.

Sports have evolved along with the times. Some have been evolving longer than others, like Lacrosse, for instance. In the days before European contact, a Lacrosse match could last three days, and the players (all of them men) would really hurt themselves --and each other. Over the years, the game got shorter and safer, with helmets, shoulder pads, and gloves becoming mandatory. Nowadays, the game is played at superspeed and lasts about 15 minutes, all told. And protective equipment is only required if you haven't had adamantium cranio-spinal replacement surgery. Also, in the 25th century, men and women compete together. That goes for all the sports. We don't have Men's Hockey and Women's Hockey, it's just Hockey, and if you're good, you're in.

Through the efforts of the first Aboriginal Olympic medalists, such as Jim Thorpe (1912), Alwyn Morris (1984) and Waneek Horn-Miller (2004), a flood of First Nations athletes began competing for the countries where their bands were located. There were Cherokees competing for the United States, Mohawks playing for Canada, and Mayans winning medals for Mexico. They excelled in many events, like the Decathalon, Kayaking, and Wrestling. Curiously, it took a long time for us to get into Archery.

They say that the Olympics aren't supposed to be political, but who believes that? The first time our athletes wore the new flag, it was a major source of pride, and it showed. The First Nations Confederacy of Turtle Island won record numbers of medals.

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