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In May, Luke Harris (Cherokee), age 19, helped host a field day for about 130 Native youth at Nike World Headquarters. Renowned speaker Howard White came and gave an inspiring speech as well as Nike N7 founder Sam McCracken. The event was about inspiring Native youth from throughout Oregon and Luke was most proud of the speakers and leaders. They spent a lot of time prepping for the event and the result was a great success. Participants were able to partake in traditional games, football, soccer, stick ball and many other events…they even were able to give away college scholarships!


I am a black Cherokee. I feel like I don’t fit in with my indigenous side, and I am ashamed that I don’t know much of the culture. Even so, being a black Cherokee is tough to fit in since most don’t accept them. What should I do to feel more native? What should I do to feel pride on both sides of me?

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