For a while, the stick game was close to being lost to history. The longstanding betting game, steeped in Native American lore and tradition, has seen somewhat of a resurgence at tribal gatherings in recent years. To celebrate their heritage and make sure the stick game is passed on to future generations, the Coeur d’Alene Casino hosts the first of three annual stick game tournaments this weekend. The game is simple yet complex, with practiced techniques and careful skill involved. Playing in this event are a big deal for competing teams from around the region, as they vie for a top place and a share of $39,000 in prize payouts.
April 1-3, times vary; free to watch • Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort • 37914 S. Nukwalqw, Worley, Idaho • cdacasino.com
— Chey Scott