Nate and Darrell Brown Bull made it out of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a place that regularly sits in the national spotlight for its poverty and high suicide rates. But both men are extremely proud of where they grew up, and proud that they were able to go beyond its boundaries, both physical and psychological.
For Nate, it took athletic talent on the basketball court to earn what he says was one of the first Division I scholarships for a male hooper. For Darrell, better known as Tiger, it took confidence and perseverance to obtain his master’s in tribal government and administration and begin law school at Michigan State University.
The two share a goal of changing what they call a negative perception in Pine Ridge.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development named Darrell to its annual “40 under 40” list in 2015. “Being in this position is to show others my age it’s possible,” he said. “We can step in now and run our nations and make changes that we need to and have a vision for ourselves, because it’s time for that to happen.”