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Aiming high: Young sharpshooters take part in rifle competition at Indigenous Games

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Mark Anthony Roberts, 17, competes in rifle shooting at the North American Indigenous Games on Wednesday. (CBC)

Transition from hunting to competition a natural one for many athletes at North American Indigenous Games

By Tim Fontaine, CBC News, July 19, 2017

The rifle shooting competition is in its second day at the North American Indigenous Games, with dozens of young sharpshooters from across the continent hitting target after target at the Toronto International Trap & Skeet Club in Cookstown, Ont., on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry

Hunting the Rock with Steve Sitting Bear

Steve Sitting Bear's son learns to use a bow at a young age. Photo courtesy Steve Sitting Bear.

Steve Sitting Bear’s son learns to use a bow at a young age. Photo courtesy Steve Sitting Bear.

by Chelsey Luger, Indian Country Today, June 24, 2015

“Hunting is the most basic, yet most important survival skill we must possess. It’ll be the most primitive of hunters who will survive and carry on our species when the resources are gone and western culture collapses. It is our duty as humans beings to carry on these skills. Steve Sitting Bear, founder of Hunting the Rock”

Hunting has been central to Native cultures and people since the beginning of time. There’s no question that the act of providing and preparing food for one’s family and community is an integral aspect of traditional culture and community wellness. But these days, some of these skills have been forgotten or lost.  In some places, hunting has turned into more of a sport about bragging rights than a means to provide. But on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, a program called “Hunting the Rock” is helping kids on the rez relearn and remember a more respectful approach to these ways.

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