Eighteen year old Lakota Doublehead, tribal member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and son of Loretta and Mark Doublehead of Stilwell, signed a letter of intent with the Bacone Warriors football team. Bacone head football coach, Lawrence Livingston, was on hand to witness the signing along with Lakota’s parents and his sister, Marissa.
The six-foot three inch right guard played for Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah. He was a four year starter for the Sequoyah Indians.
Lakota participated in the college combine held in Oklahoma City where several colleges took interest in his talent and skills. He chose to sign with Bacone College, located in Muskogee, OK.
As a young kid, Lakota had always told his mother, Loretta, that he wanted to attend Bacone College and play football for the school. His wishes became a reality as he signed with Bacone.
When asked, Lakota’s mother, Loretta, responded saying, “I proud of him, very proud of him,” as her face gleamed with a big smile.
His goals are to attend Bacone where he will play football for the Warriors and hopefully later transfer to a Division I school, preferably to the University of Oklahoma to play football with the Oklahoma Sooners.
While attending a higher educational school he plans to study sports medicine.
“He’s come a long way, we are both happy,” said Mark Doublehead, Lakota’s dad. “He’s had a lot of struggles in his life, his grandparents, and his aunt passing away. His mother being sick has put a lot on his mind. But with all the struggles he’s endured he has come through it,” added Mark.
While attending Sequoyah High School and playing football for the Indians, Loretta and Mark have always attended all his games for the past four years. Now they plan on attending all his games at Bacone.
“All I can say is how awesome he is,” says Loretta with a laugh.
The Doublehead family is thankful for all the support that everyone has given Lakota and their family.
“I was telling him (Lakota), how much the UKB tribe has supported him, along with the people at home. How grateful we are and how much we appreciate it,” added Mark.
Lakota’s late grandparents were Rev. Willie Pritchett, Shirley Bird, Hiner Doublehead, Josephine Delay and Papa Fred Delay.