Mayor Eberhart was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the World Eskimo-Olympics for the City’s support and participation in this year’s 2016 WEIO games held at the Carlson Center in July. The first World Eskimo Olympics was held in Fairbanks in 1961. In 1973 the name was changed to World Eskimo-Indian Olympics to more accurately reflect the ethnicity of all of the participants. Six interwoven rings represent the six major tribes in Alaska – Aleut, Athabascan, Inupiaq & Yup’ik, Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimpsian.
The four days of events included Alaska Native arts and crafts, the Miss WEIO pageant, traditional athletic events, dancing and drumming, fish cutting and seal skinning contests.
The City of Fairbanks is honored to host the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics and looks forward to the event each year.