Shoni Schimmel Drafted to the WNBA

On Monday, April 14, 2014 history was made as Shoni Schimmel became the highest drafted Native woman ever in the 2014 Woman’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft. Shoni, picked up in the eight spot of the first round by the Atlanta Dream, is also now the third Native woman to enter the WNBA, following Tahnee Robinson and Angel Goodrich.

Shoni and her younger sister Jude have gained a huge following as star players on the University of Louisville women’s basketball team. The sisters hail from the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Reservation in Oregon and helped the lead Louisville Cardinals to an impressive 35-5 record in the 2013-2014 season. Their 2014 NCAA tournament run was cut short, losing to the University of Maryland Terrapins in the Elite Eight. In her last year as a Cardinal, Shoni had great season statistics including scoring an average of 17.1 points per game and leading the team with 3.8 assists per game. She has also made school history, currently ranking second in all time points scored and first in 3-pointers.

Shoni joins the ranks of the most talented female basketball players in the country. When asked about how she felt about being drafted she said, “It’s definitely a blessing to be able to be in the WNBA…I definitely think I can bring a little flavor to the league.” Be sure to check out Shoni on the court this fall in Atlanta. Congratulations, Shoni!

Photo: Jessica Hill/AP


Ojibwe Native is a Key Player for Team USA Men’s Hockey

Ojibwe native T.J. Oshie became a star in the 2014 Winter Olympics as he led the USA men’s hockey team to victory over Russia in a dramatic overtime win. The current forward for the St. Louis Blues shined in overtime, scoring on four of six tries during an eight-round shootout. Oshie, whose Ojibwe name is “Keeway Gaaboo,” meaning “coming home,” comes from a hockey family. His cousin, also Ojibwe, is Henry Boucha, who also won an Olympic silver medal in hockey for Team USA in 1972.

Oshie began his hockey career in his hometown of Warroad, MN, near Red Lake Nation Reservation. He led Warroad High School’s hockey club to two Minnesota State Class A Championship Titles and became the lead scorer in Minnesota with more goals scored than any other high school player. During the off season of his senior year, he was drafted 24th overall in the National Hockey League entry draft. Three years later he signed with the St. Louis Blues; where he still plays today. Congratulations to T.J. Oshie and the USA men’s hockey team for their success in the 2014 Winter Olympics!


BGCA Teams Up With the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) recently announced their new partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation; also known as the Alliance. This exciting new partnership will allow Clubs to have access to resources that support the continued growth and sustainment of healthy environments, as well as a culture of wellness. Through the “Healthy Out of School Time” initiative, Clubs will have the opportunity to purchase healthier food options at a competitive cost, access free resources to enhance healthy lifestyles programs, and utilize star power through celebrity athletes highlighting the importance of healthier lifestyles with daily activity. Clubs can begin to register in April 2014 with training opportunities soon to follow. For questions, access the Frequently Asked Questions or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Scholarship Opportunity for BGCA's Midwest Youths of the Year

Youths of the Year from Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) Midwest region are eligible to apply for a four year scholarship from Southern Illinois University. As Youths of the Year are getting ready to apply to college, encourage them to look into this opportunity. For more information, contact Randy Osborn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 618-457-8877 ext. 21.


Native Youth Language Project

The Native Youth Language Project makes resources available for learning the Dakota and Ojibwe languages and cultural histories, along with other indigenous languages. The project, led by a team of Native youth, is a unique project that places Native American youth in a leadership role sharing resources and networking with youth across North America to work toward indigenous language revitalization. The project is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and is housed in the American Indian Family Center, which is based in Saint Paul, MN.

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