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NATIVE ATHLETES in ACTION! Revised Edition
The revised edition of Native Athletes in Action! includes two new and exciting young basketball players added to the roster of outstanding Native athletes already included in the book. Shoni Schimmel, a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla 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 13 athletes describe the hard work, determination, and education it took to accomplish their dreams and become the champions they are. Listed below are the other athletes who are profiled: Naomi Lang (Karuk) Jordin Tootoo (Inuit) Cory Witherill (Navajo) Stephanie Murata (Osage) Beau Kemp (Choctaw/Chickasaw) Alwyn Morris (Mohawk) Shelly Hruska (Métis) Cheri Becerra-Madsen (Omaha) Delby Powless (Mohawk) Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox Nation)
Awards 2007 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award: Multicultural Nonfiction Young Adult - Bronze
Age: 12 to 16
Reading level: 6.0
Character Education Health & Physical Ed: Sports Language Arts: Biography Social Studies: Native American Culture