Football Indian Style

Football Indian Style

The Carlisle Indian School football team in 1907

Guest Speaker: Nicole Lim, J.D.

Executive Director, The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center | Staff Attorney, National Indian Justice Center

7 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 31 | Hall of Letters 100 | Free admission

By 1907, the Carlisle Indian School football team was the most dynamic team in college football. Games between the boarding school and the nation's top collegiate teams usually ended in a victory for Carlisle. Coach Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner, Olympic champion Jim Thorpe and other team champions invented modern football as we know it today. They pioneered the forward pass, the overhand spiral and other tactics that transformed the way the sport is played.

Learn more about Jim Thorpe and the other Carlisle athletes in Nicole Lim's discussion about this little-known era of sports history and the important contributions these legendary players made in changing both the game of football and federal Indian policy.

Nicole Lim is Pomo. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is the director of community relations for Naqmayam Communications, an Indian-owned and operated public relations firm that handles accounts with tribes, tribal organizations and corporations that seek visibility in Indian Country. She is the executive director of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, which seeks to educate the public about California Indian history and cultures from a native perspective.

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