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Fort Peck runner proud of Indian heritage

Scott McGowan, 25, made news last year when he became the first Montana to run the mile under four minutes but most people don't know he's a Native Americans who grew up on the Fort Peck Reservation.

McGowan, who played basketball in high school, said he has encountered racism. "You can’t believe how tribal members are treated," he told Running Times magazine. "When we were on the road, going to cross country meets, we’d go into a Wal-Mart and people said ‘there are too many of you to come in here.’ Too many Indians."

Due to his light skin, McGowan said some Natives mistake him for white. But he remains proud of his Chippewa heritage. "My father told me: Never be embarrassed about where you’re from," he said.

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Proud Plainsman (Running Times April 2006)