Native Writers: Voices of Power
The stories of thirteen Native professional athletes who with determination and education, became leaders in their sports.
The revised edition of Native Athletes in Action adds two new and exciting young basketball players to the roster of outstanding Native athletes already included in the book. Shoni Schimmel, a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in eastern Oregon, has earned the nicknames “The Umatilla Thrilla” and “Showtime” in the world of women's basketball. To people in Indian Country, Shoni is an absolute hero. Kenny Dobbs, aka “The Dunk Inventor,” is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has toured the globe with the National Basketball Association as a celebrity dunker for sold-out shows. The biographies of all thirteen athletes describe the hard work, determination and education it took to accomplish their dreams and become the champions they are.
Kim Sigafus is an award-winning Ojibwa writer and photographer whose family is from the White Earth Reservation in northwest Minnesota. She is an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar and gives presentations on Native harvest, history, and music. She coauthored two award-winning books: Native Writers: Voices of Power and Native Elders: Sharing Their Wisdom. Sigafus is also the author of three PathFinders novels for reluctant readers: Nowhere to Hide, Autumn's Dawn, and Finding Grace. She resides with her husband in Freeport, Illinois.
Lyle Ernst was a freelance journalist and writer. In addition to contributing news stories and feature articles to local newspapers, he coauthored two books in the Native Trailblazers Series: Native Writers: Voices of Power and Native Elders: Sharing Their Wisdom. Ernst was a member of the Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities, based in Moline, Illinois
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