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The Okojobi Indians, an elite trapshooting organization founded around the turn of the 20th century, held their 97th annual "powwow" trapshoot at the Michigan Trapshooting Association in 1995.

From the program: "In the summer of 1897 a little group of western sportsmen...were facetiously designated...as 'the Indians'....'The Indians' have become known throughout the United States as an organization standing for and signifying all that is best in what has been happily termed 'The American gentleman's sport,' the art of shooting at the trap....To be eligible to membership in the 'Indians' it is necessary that one be a true devotee of the art; it is desirable, though not requisite, that he be a good shot, but it is absolutely essential that he be a good fellow and a gentleman throughout. The keynote of the organization...is absolute fairness in everything, as between one Chief and another, and in all relationship of the Tribe as a whole with the outside world."

I have not been able to find any information about the organization on line. Do they still exist? Does anyone have any further information about them?
 

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Might be politically incorrect these days to even identify the group. University of Illinois and other schools have had to give up their indian mascots, even though, in some cases such as Illinois, the mascot was a Chief. Hope you find them to be alive and well.

Gene Batchelar
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For some reason, I can't access the http://www.tnclay.com/ site. Can you summarize what it says?
 

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Okoboji Indians
A Trap Shooting and Social Organization
106th annual POWWOW
HISTORY:

“In the summer of 1897 a small group of western sportsmen, meeting by chance at a tournament in Memphis, TN were facetiously designated ‘The Indians.’ It was one of those random shots of wit handed about at every tournament where the boys are wont to meet, but so pat to the point that it was taken up in a jocular way, and then seriously, by the men who inspired it.”
Dawn

“What has since become known as the first registered Indian tournament was held .... at Clear Lake, Iowa. To be eligible to membership in ‘The Indians’ it is necessary that one be a true devotee of the art (Trap Shooting); it is desirable, though not requisite, that he be a good shot, but it is absolutely essential that he be a good fellow and a gentleman through out. The keynote of the organization... is absolute fairness in everything... in relationship of the tribe as a whole (and) with the outside world.”

106th Annual POWWOW:

Approximately 100 shooters from as far away as Arizona, Florida, New York and Michigan attended the 106th POWWOW at the Tennessee Clay Target Complex in Nashville, TN - September 23 through September 25, 2004. Scores were exceptionally high. Many perfect scores of 100 straight were entered in 16-yard events and one 100 straight and a 98 of 100 were shot in handicaps.
Don Boles And Brian Bellamy

The weather was beautiful. The targets were great. People were impressed with Nashville and especially our shooting facility. Some of the things heard were: “What a great location,” “This is a wonderful place,” “The club house is very nice and the food is outstanding,” “When are we coming back?” “Look at that beautiful river,” “How much did this place cost?,” etc.

The Music City Sheraton was the host hotel. However, several people brought their motor homes and trailers to the TCTC grounds and camped on site. The High Chief’s party, Ladies BINGO and Brunch, and the Black Tie Banquet were held at the Sheraton. The “Dog Feast” and “Firewater” party were held at the TCTC. Song writer/Singers Don Wayne and Jimmy Payne provided entertainment for the High Chief’s Party. Nashville’s Blue Tones entertained and provided dance music for the banquet.

The ladies shopped at Opry Mills one day and visited Cheekwood the next day. Everyone enjoyed both events. Several ladies shot Trap in addition to attending the social events. Two of the ladies broke 100 x 100 16-yard targets at TCTC.

Once again a special thank you to our staff for a job well done. Our OKOBOJI customer was very pleased by your efforts. Also, thank you to Charles Morrison and Charles Morrison, Jr. for their hard work to make this event a HUGE Success.
 

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Common mistake for U of I

The Chief, Chief Illiniwek, was a symbol of the univeristy, never a mascot, the Fighting Illini, not the Fighting Chief Illiniweks, he only performed at halftime of home football and basketball games, and if you never got to see it you missed one hell of a show.

Also, there was never any Illini Indians, the Chief's headress was a gift from the former Chief of the Perioa Tribe that used to enhabit the area.

Fighting Illini is for the students of Illinois that fought for the nation in WWI, which is why they are keeping the nickname.

Most liberal idiots dont know the facts, they are just so concerned that "Loyalty, Honnor, and Tradion" are disrespectful to Native Americans that they had to cry and ruin one of the greatest traditions around.

Sorry if that was a rant, just hits a sore spot for me. -Rich
 

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While I'm personally interested in learning about trapshooting history, my primary interest here is inviting the Indians back to the Michigan Trapshooting Association at Mason, Michigan. If those in charge would like to discuss, please contact me: [email protected]

Tom Stewart, MTA President
 

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High Chief's


M.T.A. Tom:

I know they used to shoot the Indian shoots at the Evansville IN Gun Club im not sure if they still do now or not but they have a nice display of photo's and trophies and other interesting stuff to view.

Ok these Photos was from the OKOBOJI 100th Pow Wow (1998)

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Okoboji Campgrounds at EGC

Maybe John Volia can comment on if they still have them or not also click the link above and click front page and there will be some contact info for the club.

Foghorn220
 

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The 2007 Indian Shoot is in Evansville again.A nice club that I love to shoot at.They do an outstanding job of putting a shoot on.

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