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Nike N7 Collection Featuring Designs by Bunky Echo-Hawk


For Fall 2011 the Nike N7 collection has partnered with Native American artist Bunky Echo-Hawk to bring fresh inspiration through an exclusive T-shirt design for our latest release of the Nike N7 Collection now available. Bunky Echo-Hawk, of the Pawnee Nation in Oklahoma and Yakama Nation in Washington, is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts who is focused on fine art, graphic design, photography, creative writing, traditional singing and dancing, community outreach and a unique style of "live art" aimed at merging his traditional values with art for greater purpose.

Echo-Hawk's design for the Nike N7 collection T-shirts focuses on the traditional native warrior holding a basketball in a strike pose, embodying his belief, and interpretation of Nike N7, that there is a warrior within every athlete. Echo-Hawk portrays the warrior with an eagle feather standing straight up within a roach head dress, and scalp feathers positioned to the side of his head. The warrior is positioned in the basketball triple threat stance, which readies the athlete for any move he or she needs to make next--shoot, pass or dribble. Celestial stars embrace the warrior in the design, providing a connection to the earth. The T-shirts designed by Echo-Hawk are made with organic cotton and will be available in challenge red and dark grey heather for women and challenge red and dark turquoise for men.

"Basketball was a big part of my life growing up. It was my first sport, and I was obsessed with it, getting as far as starting varsity point guard in high school. The connection between sport and traditional Native values has always interested me, so I was inspired to make a larger statement through my art when I learned about the work of Nike through the N7 program." -- Bunky Echo-Hawk

"I'm excited about Nike N7's partnership with Bunky Echo-Hawk on our latest N7 collection. Through his inspiration and interpretation of Nike N7, we've created something incredibly unique that not only reflects Native culture, but also invites conversation so that others can learn more about Nike N7 and our commitment to create access to sport to youth in Native American and Aboriginal communities." -- Sam McCracken, General Manager of Nike N7

The Nike N7 collection is an important part of Nike's overall commitment to inspire Native American and Aboriginal communities, with a focus on youth, to lead physically active lives as a means to create positive change. The collection includes performance footwear for the general consumer and is designed with the environment and the future of these communities in mind. The collection is designed with cues from Native American culture and embodies Nike's Considered Design ethos. The intent of the collection is to raise awareness beyond Native American and Aboriginal communities for the N7 Program and the N7 Fund. This is the first time Nike has collaborated with an artist for the Nike N7 collection and it is the fourth release of product for the Nike N7 collection since it launched in November 2009.

The Bunky Echo-Hawk T-Shirts for the Nike N7 Collection, as well as the Nike N7 Logo Tee, the Nike N7 Money Short, the Nike Air Pegasus+ 28 (for men, women, kids) and the Nike N7 Air Max Destiny basketball shoe, will be available beginning July 28th at select Nike Retail locations in the U.S. (below) and at (seach "N7").

United States:

Nike Scottsdale Quarter

Nike 21 Mercer in New York City

NIKETOWN Los Angeles

NIKETOWN San Francisco







Nike Factory Store in Oklahoma City (beginning Aug. 4)


Nike Factory Store at Burloak in Burlington, Ontario

Nike Factory Store in Kitchener, Ontario

Nike Factory Store at South Edmonton Common in Alberta

Nike Factory Store at Canada One Factory Outlets in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Nike Factory Store at Vaughan Mills in Toronto, Ontario

Nike N7 Fund: 2011 Grantees

In addition, we are honored to announce the 2011 Nike N7 Fund grantees named by the Nike N7 board of directors. The Nike N7 Fund has generated more than $1 million to help Native American and Aboriginal non-profit organizations provide access to sport for youth. The application deadline for 2012 Nike N7 Fund grants is is November 15, 2011. Learn more about the Nike N7 Fund at

United States:

Acoma Health & Wellness, New Mexico

Coeur d' Alene Tribal Youth Program, Idaho

DHHS- Diabetes Prevention Program- Fitness Center (via the San Carlos Apache Tribe), Arizona

Grand Ronde Canoe Family, Oregon

Haskell Upward Bound (via Haskell Foundation), Kansas

Indigenous Games, Wisconsin

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, New Mexico/Arizona

Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, Arizona

Kanalu, Hawaii

Kansas City Indian- Heart of America Indian Center, Kansas

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota

Makawalu Foundation, Hawaii

Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council (Wamps Can Do It Program), Massachusetts

NAYA Family Center (Native American Youth and Family Center), Oregon

Nideitihi Native Elite Runners Inc, Arizona

Rincon Indian Education Center, Inc., California

Tule River Tribal Council, California

Red Lake Nation Boys and Girls Club, Minnesota

Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa County, Oklahoma

Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud, South Dakota

Boys & Girls Club of the Three Disticts (Crow Creek Reservation), South Dakota

Navajo Nation office of Youth Development, Boys and Girls Club of the Dine Nation, New Mexico

Southern Ute Community Action Programs, Inc., Colorado


British Columbia Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

Six Nations Council- Parks & Recreation, Ohsweken, Ontario

The Magic of Youth to Excel-Samson Cree Nation, Hobbema, Alberta

Urban Native Youth Association of Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society, Vancouver, British Columbia

Nike N7

Nike has worked closely with Native American and Aboriginal communities across the United States for more than 10 years to provide access to product and support for sport programs to encourage physically active lifestyles. Through the Nike N7 program, Native American and Aboriginal Health 0rganizations, centers and communities can access Nike product--including the Nike Air Native N7, designed to the specialized fit needs of the Native American foot--at reduced cost via to provide as inspiration for health promotion and disease prevention. The N7 Fund provides grants and product donations to community organizations committed to helping Native American and Aboriginal youth unleash their potential through sport. The Nike N7 collection of performance and lifestyle footwear and apparel raises awareness beyond Native American and Aboriginal communities for the N7 Program and the N7 Fund; the Nike N7 collection can be purchased at and at Nike Retail and Nike Factory Store locations in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at


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