This is my Grandmother at age 13. She was half Cherokee. Her proud father would have her wear nothing less than her traditional native attire – everyday.
In early 20th century Oklahoma, this made her an outcast and a target. In those days, signs still hung in storefronts reading “No Dogs or Indians Allowed.”
I love my family roots, I have a rich Native American heritage. As a member of the Cherokee Nation, I believe one of my roles is to evolve what it means to be a Cherokee man in the 21st century – to press forward and be all that my Creator purposed me to be – both for me and my tribe.
Respect your roots.
Reach for the stars.
Redefine what it means to be human.
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