Bellingham, Washington
the lummi nation story
The Lummi Nation Blackhawks of Northwest Washington may only have 8-men on the field, but their team is made up of the 5,000 members of the Lummi Nation Tribe of Northwest Washington. With a former CFL/NFL wide receiver Jim Sandusky as their coach, who built a football field on his own land, the Blackhawks have become a winning program, uniting a Native American community with football. In 2015, their state championship run was thwarted by one play, but in 2016, Coach Sandman fully expects to be back. #SettleYourScore Lummi Nation Blackhawks
Nothing
After losing the championship last season by just one play, we have to get back. We have to win for our school. We have to win for our people. Nothing will stop us. #SettleYourScore Lummi Nation Blackhawks
Sacred Ground
The traditions go much deeper than Friday night lights. The field we play on is sacred ground. This is the land of the Lummi People. The original inhabitants of northern Washington. #SettleYourScore Lummi Nation Blackhawks
Catching Salmon
The Lummi Nation has been catching salmon on the Puget Sound for thousands of years. Football is their chance to catch something else. And for this 8-Man team, this season is their chance to get back to state after losing last year by one play. ‪#‎SettleYourScore‬ Lummi Nation Blackhawks
Proud
The totem pole that sits outside Lummi Nation High School is a proud symbol that reminds Blackhawks who they are, and more importantly, who they’re playing for. #SettleYourScore Lummi Nation Blackhawks
Soar
The Blackhawks taking flight in pre-season practice. After losing the state championship by just one play last season, the team has hit the field with a new sense of purpose. They want state in 2016. #SettleYourScore Lummi Nation Blackhawks
Sandman's Rule
Our coach’s one rule: never let a teammate down. We play for each other. #SettleYourScore Lummi Nation Blackhawks
Two Traditions
There are now two traditions in Lummi Nation.
nothing will stop us
After losing the championship last season by just one play, we have to get back. We have to win for our school. We have to win for our Nation.
sandman's pose
Sandman’s pose is about visualizing success and reflecting on your heritage. “Listen to the wind through the trees. Listen to the water. Trust in your teammates.”