Team Colorado prepares for North American Indigenous Games

DURANGO — A group of Native American athletes, mostly from the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes, are heading to Canada this week to compete in an athletic competition that draws the largest cultural gathering of indigenous people in North America.

The Durango Herald reported Wednesday that Team Colorado will be one of 19 teams throughout North America competing in Toronto.

Kevin Winkler, Colorado’s chef de mission, says the competition is "a chance to step away from the culture and life that they know and get to meet and be a part of Native cultures from all over the country."

Sixty athletes, ages 13 to 19, and 20 coaches will represent Team Colorado. A team from Colorado has participated in every competition except for the inaugural event in 1990.

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