Cherokee Nation citizen Brady Tanner completes a deadlift during a competition.

Special Olympian Brady Tanner Leads Six New Inductees Into American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame


On Saturday, March 16, six people were inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame, which is located on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.  Leading the group of outstanding athletes and coaches was gold medal-winning powerlifter Brady Tanner, Cherokee, of Lawrence. Tanner is the first Special Olympian to earn a place in the prestigious Hall.

Tanner won three gold medals and a silver at the 2011 World Special Olympic Games in Athens. He also competes in the World Association of Bench and Deadlifters and Natural Athletic Strength Association events. After Tanner completed high school, a football player from Haskell University (where Tanner’s father was coach at the time) noticed Tanner’s strength and began helping him train.


Tanner is a champion. (Submitted to Topeka Capital-Journal)

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Meet the other five inductees:

•  Kenneth O. Tiger, Seminole, who played football for Kansas in 1961-62 and was part of the Jayhawks 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl-winning team (a 33-7 victory over Rice). He was co-captain of the 1962 team.

•  Roy Old Person, Blackfeet, who won the National Junior College Athletic Association cross country title in 1965 while attending Haskell. Old Person also was a two-time all conference selection at Wichita State. 

•  Herman Agoyo, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, who played on the Manhattan College baseball team that won the New York City Baseball League Championship in 1957. He also was a standout Senior Olympian.

•  Yawna Allen, Cherokee/Quapaw/Euchee, who was a Junior National Open Doubles Champion in 2000, 2002 and 2003 and is a seven-time North American Indian Tennis Association Women’s Open Singles Champion. Her aunt, Dawn Allen, also a tennis star, was inducted into the Hall in 1995.

•  Sid Jamieson, Mohawk, who was the first lacrosse coach at Bucknell University and worked at the school for 38 years. He was the Patriot League’s Coach of the Year three times and is part of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

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This was a great event filled with six well-deserving inductees! I think it's also important to note that Yawna Allen also won two professional doubles titles and had a ranking of top 1000 in the world in women's professional singles and #546 in women's professional doubles. Quite an accomplishment!