Blackhawks reveal new programs for Native Americans

The Blackhawks announced new initiatives to help educate the general public about the culture of Indigenous peoples. CEO Danny Wirtz described the awareness in a video the team posted online.

The team works with Sac and Fox Nation to create programs to keep its Sauk language alive and works with the Sac and Fox Nation Department of Education to launch a pair of four-year college scholarships. The leadership scholarship will honor Chief Black Hawk, and the other, an athletic scholarship, is in the name of Native American Olympian Jim Thorpe.

The Blackhawks are also working with the Sac and Fox, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi Nations to host an exhibit at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford examining the history of the Indigenous peoples of Illinois.

Earlier this month, team representatives were invited to the annual Sac and Fox Tribe powwow in Stroud, Oklahoma, where a decommissioned Black Hawk helicopter was unveiled as a permanent monument at the war memorial. of the tribe.

Nohemi M. Moore