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The Winter 2020 N7 Collection is a nod to Kyrie Irving’s reconnection to his Indigenous roots. When Kyrie received his Lakota name, Hela (Little Mountain), in a traditional ceremony, leaders from his nation — the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe — gifted him a handmade star quilt and a beaded medallion. The bright colors and heritage star pattern that were woven into these gifts have inspired the featured design element on this season's N7 gear. Reconnecting to his Indigenous roots has been a jump toward self-empowerment and healing for Kyrie, who is now committed to giving back to Standing Rock and Indigenous communities worldwide through community advocacy, activism, and collaboration with the N7 Fund.
Alongside thousands of other Native American athletes who are daring to rise to the top of their game, Shauna Long (Lakota from Standing Rock) and Lindy Waters (Kiowa & Cherokee) have one thing in common: their love for a special style of basketball, rooted in Indigenous heritage, called rez ball. Now representing the N7 2020 Winter Collection, Lindy and Shauna wear the brightly colored pattern inspired by the star quilt — rooted in Indigenous culture — with pride.
“My Lakota name is Canku Luta Win - Red Road Woman. To walk the red road is to walk with honor and to carry yourself with respect, in a way your ancestors would be proud of.”
Shauna Long, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Independent Community Consultant
“My Kiowa name is Pao, which means Next In Line. I come from a family of successful Native athletes, and now I realize that I can be a role model to Native youth everywhere.”
Lindy Waters III, Kiowa and Cherokee, Professional Athlete
The N7 Fund
Nike is committed to getting youth in Native American and Indigenous communities in North America moving so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives. Through Nike’s N7 Fund, we support organizations that deliver programs and services to increase physical activity and support education and career development for youth in these communities. Since 2009, the N7 Fund has awarded more than $8 million in grants to more than 270 communities and organizations. In Spring 2020, Nike awarded $225,000 in new N7 Fund grants, administered by the Charities Aid Foundation of America.