FAMOUS NATIVE AMERICAN ATHLETES

CALIE honors and remembers the greatest Native American Indian athletes of recorded history to provide important historical references for Native American students, teachers and the sports community for on-line research and positive role models to inspire young Native American Indians.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 tribal 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.

To add your K-12 sports standout to our CALIE Native Americian Indian Sports STANDOUTS, please contact ERNIE SALGADO.

SPORTS LEGENDS | SUPERSTARS
THORPE
Jim Thorpe
Sac & Fox
1887-1953
BILLY
Billy Mills
Oglala Lakota (Sioux)
1938-
JOE
Joe Hipp
Blackfeet
1962-
JOE BURTON
John “Chief” Meyers
Cahuilla
1880-1971
LEWIS
Lewis Tewanima
Hopi
1888-1969
TARZAN
Ellison “Tarzan” Brown
Narragansett
1914-1975
PROFESSIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN ATHLETES
SIXKILLER
Sonny Sixkiller
Cherokee
1951-
REZDOG
Virgil Zwicker
Kumeyaay-Ipai
1982-
JOE BURTON
Joseph Burton
Lusieño
1990-
LOHSE
Kyle Lohse
Nomlaski-Wintun
1978-
JACKSON
Jackson Bussell
Modoc Klamath
1978-2007
PETE CALAC
Phil Welmas
Cahuilla
1891-1968
PETE CALAC
Peter Calac
Valley View
1892-1960
CURL
Rod Curl
Wintu
1943-
AMATURE | COLLEGIATE | OLYMPICS
MARY
Mary Killman
Potawatomi
c. 1991-
ALVINA
Alvina Begay
Navajo
c. 1981-
ANDREW
Andrew Sockalexis
Penobscot
1892-1919
SCHOOL K-12 Standouts
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AVELLAKA
Avellaka Arviso
Lusieno
c. 2000-
Espinoza
Silent Rain Espinoza
Kumeyaay
c. 2000-
KEYERA
Keyera Flores
c. 2008-

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