FAMOUS NATIVE AMERICAN ATHLETES
Joseph Burton (Soboba band) shatters Oregon State University Beavers' college basketball records with over 1,000 points scored, 700 rebounds, and 300 assists.
CALIE honors and remembers the greatest Native American Indian athletes of recorded history to provide important historical references for Native American students, teachers and the sports community for on-line research and positive role models to inspire young Native American Indians.
To date, our list of famous American Indian athletes include profiles, photographs, biographies and statistics of urban and enrolled tribal members of the Kumeyya-Iipay, Cahuilla, Luiseño, Blackfeet, Sac and Fox, Cherokee, Oglala Lakota Sioux, Modoc Klamath, Hopi, Nomlaski Wintun, Wintu, Potawatomi, Navajo, and Penobscot Indian nations of North America.
CALIE editors welcome your help in developing famous athletes section — please let us know the athletes we are missing, and any additional pictures and information you may have.
VIDEOS SPORTS MOVIES:
"This game has been in our blood for a thousand years...".
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Tyler Hill, in "Crooked Arrows."
A reluctant new coach faces the challenge of leading a team of unhappy youths to a championship. On the way, setbacks are encountered and eventually overcome, and everyone, from the coach to the star to the last guy on the bench, learns something. Wouldn’t it be great if “Crooked Arrows,” a new movie about a Native American lacrosse team that takes on the prep school snobs, upended sports movie convention?
Not going to happen. Joe Logan (Brandon Routh), the son of the chief of the fictional Sunaquat tribe and onetime lacrosse star, manages the casino on the tribe’s land; at his boss’s insistence, Joe wins the tribal council’s approval for an expansion, over the objections of his father, Ben (Gil Birmingham).
First, though, the council says Joe must go on a spiritual quest, which Ben decides means coaching the Sunaquat’s disorganized high school squad. “Restore pride to our people and their game,” Ben tells Joe. It’s called “the medicine game” for a reason, he adds. “Let it heal you.”
Initially, the team keeps losing. But when Joe introduces Crooked Arrow (Dennis Ambriz), his lacrosse guru and general wise man, the team starts to immerse itself in lacrosse’s meaning to the tribe’s culture. Soon on a winning path, it is headed for the big game against the Coventry School, where Joe once played.
Directed by Steve Rash, “Crooked Arrows” gets points for its glimpses of Native American culture and history — the film’s backers include the Onondaga Nation.
Submitted by Roy Cook
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FEATURED AMERICAN INDIAN ATHLETES
JIM THORPE (Sac & Fox) 1987-1953,
"The Greatest Athlete of All Time"...
CHIEF MEYERS (Cahuilla, Riverside, CA), 1880-1971, MLB teams played for: New York Giants, Boston Braves, Brooklyn Robins. Career batting average .291, played in four World Series (1911, 1912, 1913, 1916)....
JOE "THE BOSS" HIPP (Blackfeet) World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Heavyweight Champion (1999) forms the All Nations Foundation and sets out on a mission to tutor and mentor tribal youth...
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Ernie C. Salgado Jr.
Reservation: Soboba Indian Reservation
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