O’siyo. The new “power-house” on the block is Mioshia Wagoner, member of the Navajo and Chickasaw tribes. She is also a graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University.
“Mioshia Wagoner, 27, warmed up with a little shadow boxing as she trained in the boxing facility at Haskell University on Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010, in Lawrence, Kansas. Wagoner is working on her masters degree in conflict resolution at Baker University. A graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University, she hopes to join the small ranks of great Native-American athletes by going for the gold in 2012. Last year, she boxed for Team USA at world championships in China.
She could also be one of the next Kansas City area athletes to vie for an Olympic medal. Wagoner, 27, trains at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, where she did her undergraduate work in American Indian studies. She went to China two years ago for the World Championships and brought home a silver medal for Team USA. he’s headed to the national boxing championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She has not fought for nearly a year because of an injury.
Her goal: London 2012. For the first time, women’s boxing will be an Olympic event. She grew up on a reservation. Her mother is Navajo; her father Chickasaw. In junior high, she played quarterback on the boys football team. Her father tells the story that in the final minute of a tight game in which she scored the go-ahead touchdown, she then asked to play defense and clotheslined an opposing player trying for the winning score… She plans on returning to the reservation in New Mexico after finishing her degree at Baker University and later hanging up her gloves. I have family there, and they’ve helped me so much.”
“I’m a Navajo woman,..I’m a student, a daughter… I have family there [New Mexico reservation] and they’ve helped me so much… There are problems there. And I have been given the opportunity to learn things so that I can go back and help. That’s what I have to do.” ~ Mioshia Wagoner~