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Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Jonathan Takes Enemy

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Jonathan Takes Enemy, 6’ 0”, is considered one of the best basketball players in Native American history.  Born May 7, 1965, to Lacey and Dorothy Mae Takes The Enemy, Sr., Jonathan is a Crow Native from the teepee capital of the world (Crow Agency, Montana).  His fierce competitive drive, passion for basketball, and ability to perform deep, fade-away jump shots, earned him many honors.  A 1984 graduate of Hardin High School, Montana, he averaged 41 points a game at the state tournament and set the record for most points scored in three games with 123. He was selected to the Converse Basketball All-American team and was chosen as Montana’s Outstanding Athlete of the year. He capped the year off by accepting the Hertz Athlete of the Year award from O.J. Simpson in New York City.  In 1990, Jonathan’s spit-shined basketball shoes got him noticed by Rocky Mountain College (RMC) in Billings, Montana, where he played two-years on a scholarship and was twice voted All Frontier Conference Player of the year.  To this date, he is still considered one of the best all-time basketball players in Montana basketball history.  After college, he continued to play “rez ball” (Jonathan actually played “rez ball” when “rez ball” wasn’t cool--some would even say he “glorified rez ball”).  Over the years, although many colleges recruited and wanted him, in the end, Jonathan chose the love of his life, wife, Trudi, and together they make their home in Washington State with their children: son, Jonathan Jr., and daughters, Tashina and Trista.  Those who are lucky enough to know Jonathan know he is a modest quiet man with a boyish grin, who grew into a mature, compassionate husband and father.  Nowadays, although his game may be a little slower, Jonathan rarely passes up an opportunity to play, and if you listen, you can still hear the crowd of spectators ooohing and aaahing as they cheer him on.   If you have the chance, go watch him.  He won’t disappoint.