Outstanding Native Women

Naomi Lang (b. 1978), Ice Dancer

* Five-time US National Ice Dance Champion

* Two-time Four Continents champion

* Olympian

When Karuk tribal member Naomi Lang, at age six, first performed as a bonbon in The Nutcracker it was only a glimpse of the heights to which she would eventually reach.

Born in Arcata, California to Jason Lang (Karuk) and Leslie Dixon (French/English/Irish heritage), Naomi began her ballet training in California at age three at the Redwood Concert Ballet.

But Lang's interests took a turn when her maternal grandmother became ill and Naomi and her mother moved to Allegan, Michigan to be near her. There, at...