By Wesley Mahan
Ethier traces his Cherokee heritage through his father’s family. His father Byron, of Glendale, Ariz., is a CN citizen who traces his tribal lineage to Dawes Roll enrollee Nancy Downing, a full blood.
“My grandmother, of course, who is the Cherokee side, grew up there in Oklahoma,” the 28-year-old in a phone interview said. “She was born and raised early in life in Arkansas. They moved to Peggs in Oklahoma, right outside of Tahlequah.”
Ethier said he remembers visiting Peggs as a youth and being introduced to Cherokee culture.
“When I was younger, when my great grandmother, my grandmother’s mother, was still alive she was a big influence. She would tell stories about the Cherokee Indian side,” he said. “I can remember going back to Peggs and hanging out with family and talking to them. I still have quite a few family members that still live there in eastern and southeastern Oklahoma.”
Below: "Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier follows through on a swing against the Chicago Cubs July 11 in Los Angeles." (Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers)