Though there have not been many Native American athletes, it does not mean that they do not exist. There actually are many athletes that are partial or full Native American in a verity of sports from race car driving and baseball to golf and horse training. The reason why we do not hear about Native American athletes as much as we do other athletes is because they have a hard time finding the funds or groups to support them. However for some athletes this has not stopped them and they have become successful.

Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury

Jacoby was born on September 11, 1983, in Madras, Oregon. He is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Raysin the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB entry draft. In 2005 he was drafted by Boston, 23rd overall, in the entry draft out of Oregon State University. Jacoby is officially enrolled as a member of theColorado River Indian Tribes and is the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the Major Leagues.


Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Major League Baseball debut
June 30, 2007 for the Boston Red Sox
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Batting average
Home runs
Runs batted in
Stolen bases

Joba Chamberlain

Chamberlain grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. When Joba ws young he moved in with his father. Joba's father was born on a reservation for the Winnebago American Indian Tribe, but they left the reservation to get medical treatment for his father. However he still has family living on American Indian reservations. He played baseball at Nebraska and in 2007 the Yankees brought him up to pitch for them. He has know recognized as one of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

New York Yankees — No. 62
Relief pitcher
Born: September 23, 1985 (1985-09-23) (age 22)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Major League Baseball debut
August 7, 2007 for the New York Yankees
Selected MLB statistics
(through April 24, 2008)

Earned run average
Innings pitched
  • New York Yankees (2007-present)

Cory Witherill

Cory Witherill is the first full blooded Native-American to run in the Indy 500, he made his debut there in 2001. He has been racing for 15 years, and has become the first person to hold four Motor cross Valvoline de Montreal championships, he also holds two U.S. Championships for off-road racing. Witherill is working towards his career goal of being the first Native American to win the Indy 500.


GaWaNi Pony Boy

GaWaNi Pony Boy, a full blooded Cherokee Indian, is an active horse trainer and author. He was written 10 best seller bookson horse training and psychology. He has founded Iyuptala University, an online college for horse lovers to expand their knowledge on horses and work towards a Bachelors Degree in Equine Studies. Pony Boy currently travels around the world giving clinics, while writing more books and filming his TV show.


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