New Native American football conference a success

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With the creation of the All Nations Football Conference, Native American schools in South Dakota have seen a 60% to 70% increase in participation.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors heard this news at its November 6 meeting. SDHSAA Executive Director Dan Swartos characterized the conference’s inaugural season as “very successful.”

This year 12 tribal schools came together to form the conference. The conference’s first championship game will be played Friday at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion.

“It seemed to bring a lot of life to those programs,” Swartos said of the creation of the new football conference. “It did exactly what they wanted it to do.”

Board member Dave Planteen of Langford had a chance to attend an All Nations game.



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