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CHILOQUIN, OREGON The NCAA had its March Madness going this past weekend. The Klamath Tribe in Oregon had its own exciting Klamath Reservation Invitational All-Indian Basketball Tournament happening. And, this year marked its 60th anniversary.
All weekend, the Chiloquin Big Gym in Chiloquin, Oregon was packed to capacity. Friday night thru Sunday it was standing room only.
The Men's and Women's games were exciting and suspenseful. Saturday night games were won at the buzzer or in over time. Many people remarked about the good spirit that filled the gym and the tradition that has led our community over the past 60 years.
The birth of the Klamath Reservation Invitational All-Indian Basketball Tournament was in 1954. Prior to this date a local tournament was held on the Klamath Reservation for all local teams. From year to year the number of teams varied and one year ten teams were entered. The Chiloquin Townies under the capable direction of Sandy Miller consistently won the tournament. The committee was comprised of all local team managers. From time to time the committee had expressed their willingness to invite teams from other reservations. Then in the fall of 1953 the committee decided to invite four other teams for the following year. Those invited were from Warm Springs, Alturas, Ft. Bidwell, and Susanville.
Since that time the tournament has continued to grow and Native teams have been coming to Chiloquin from across the nation and abroad.
Organizers send out congratulations to everyone who played and all those who took home awards, and of course a special "thank you" to the Tournament Committee for putting together such a memorable event.
posted March 26, 2013 7:40 am edt