D-backs to host Native American Recognition Day this Saturday
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host Native American Recognition Day, presented by Gila River Casinos, this Saturday, June 11 at Chase Field. The D-backs will give away 20,000 D-backs Tribal Print Caps, courtesy of Gila River Casinos, and pregame entertainment will begin at 5:00 p.m. throughout the ballpark.
The D-backs will recognize several of Arizona's Tribal Royalty contingent during a pregame ceremony and will have traditional song and dance groups on site that will perform throughout the ballpark and on the field before the game as part of Native American Recognition Day. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. and include Native American drum groups, dancers, vocalists, artisans, educational exhibits and more. Kahara Hodges, from the Dine and Navajo tribes and Gates Millennium Scholar at Arizona State University, will perform the national anthem and Gila River Indian Community Lt. Governor Monica Antone will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. In addition, the D-backs will donate $2 from each ticket sold online at dbacks.com/nard to the Phoenix Indian Center and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona.
Beginning this Wednesday, the D-backs will host their 18th annual Inter-Tribal Youth Baseball & Softball Tournament (June 8-11) with games played throughout the Salt River reservation and at ballparks around the Valley. More than 1,100 participants, including 74 teams, will travel from five states (Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oklahoma and South Dakota) and represent more than 38 tribes. For many this will be the first time leaving their tribal reservation. For a full tournament schedule, visit dbacks.com/intertribal.