Photos from the Chiefs week nine match up against the NY Jets
Throughout the week, the Chiefs hosted a number of events in honor of American Indian Heritage Month. On Sunday, it continued as the Chiefs, the American Indian Community Working Group, in association with the American Indian Center of the Great Plains, worked together to honor tradition, create awareness and educate fans on the importance of this commemorative month.
"The Chiefs have taken a very thoughtful and respective approach to really understand how collectively, with the American Indian Center of the Great Plains and American Indian Community Working Group, we can connect with the community and honor tradition," Gena Timberman, Liaison for the American Indian Community Working Group. "We believe that through working with the Chiefs and the time on Sunday, there are teachable moments where we can engage in the dialogue of education. I feel honored to be a part of this process."
Sunday morning, Moses Starr Jr., a Cheyenne-Arapaho spiritual leader from Concho, Oklahoma, along with tribal leaders from a number of tribes with a historic presence in the Chiefs Kingdom, performed a blessing of the four directions.
Once the stadium was filled and the Sea of Red covered Arrowhead Stadium, Tabitha Fair, an Oklahoma native of Chickasaw descent, accompanied by eight performers from the Chickasaw Nation Youth Choir sang the national anthem.
"It was so exciting to sing the national anthem and it was such a special day for the Native American community," Fair said. "I think it's a beautiful thing that the Chiefs are making people aware of the Native American subject matter. They are taking steps to educate the community about American Indian Heritage month and involving the Native American community. The opportunity to sing the national anthem and represent the Native Americans and our nation means so much to me."
Moments before kickoff, Starr and nine‐year-old Arapaho Chiefs Harding George Levi delivered the drum mallet to Chiefs former RB Priest Holmes, who led the fans in the drum ceremony.
During the first quarter, actor and comedian David Koechner took over the official Chiefs Twitter account. He answered fans questions, tweeted play-by-plays of the game and of course, livened up the press box with jokes and his quick-witted comments. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and check out the Chiefs account to see what he had to say during the game.
At halftime, the Chiefs alumni entered the field and received a fantastic homecoming as the crowd was on their feet, cheering and applauding the former Chiefs players. Plus, Holmes was officially inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame and his name was revealed on the Ring of Honor.
During the third quarter the Chiefs recognized this week's Star of the Classroom, Kandace Buckner from Pathway Academy in Kansas City, MO.
"This was so exciting," Buckner, the sixth grade teacher said. "Teachers don't get much recognition so this is incredible. When the Chiefs called me to tell me I was being honored, I didn't believe it at first. This is so exciting though and my students are so excited for me. Being down on the field is so surreal and being honored is great."
If you know a great teacher who deserves recognition, nominate them at kcchiefs.com/sotc.
In the fourth quarter, the 50/50 Raffle winner was announced and the total pot was $38,082. Half is given to the winner and the other half will be benefitting Camp Quality of Greater Kansas City.
The Chiefs defeated the Jets 24-10. Next week, the Chiefs will travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills at 12:00p.m. CT.