Jovonna Thomas, of Coyote Canyon, New Mexico, lines up a shot. She is an information technology - computer science major at Navajo Technical College.

Want to Be Like Katniss Everdeen From The Hunger Games Fame and Hone Your Archery Skills While Attending a Tribal College?


Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona is home to the Warriors—a team of archers who make up the only community college team to compete against NCAA Division I universities. The Warriors’ head coach, Fray Gray, was named National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association in May. Diné also offers full and partial archery scholarships to Navajo students.

• The Skyhawks of Navajo Technical College in Window Rock, Arizona may only have started competing in 2010. But they still swept the field at this year’s American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) archery competition in March. Navajo Tech had first-place finishes in the men’s and women’s team competitions, as well as in the men’s and women’s individual competitions.

Oglala Lakota College (OLC)’s archery team, the Bravehearts, placed second in three of the four competitions at the AIHEC event. The college, in Kyle, South Dakota, also hosted a week-long bow camp in June to teach people the historical significance of the bow in Lakota culture.

Sinte Gleska University in Rosebud, South Dakota was the team that kept OLC from taking all four of the second-place titles at the AIHEC meet. They took second place in the men’s individual competition.

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in Hayward, Wisconsin and Fort Berthold Community College in New Town, North Dakota also made respectable archery showings at the AIHEC contest. The Fort Berthold Scouts placed third in the women’s team and men’s individual competitions, while the Lac Courte Eagles placed third in the men’s team and men’s individual.

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