Cheewa James

“If It Is To Be, It Begins With Me” is the powerful motivational motto Cheewa urges her audiences to use.

Cheewa James is a sought-after keynote speaker and corporate trainer, having worked with associations and corporations across the United States and Canada. She is especially known for her presentations on leadership, dealing with change and finding a balanced life style.

With a name like Cheewa, there has to be something different going on…and there is. She says it best herself: “My father is Modoc Indian and my mother is German.”

Although addressing contemporary, cutting edge business and training issues, Cheewa often uses Native American thinking to illustrate a point. She creates a feel for diversity in a very subtle way. Cheewa James was born on the Klamath Indian Reservation, Oregon and is enrolled with the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma. Cheewa’s father Clyde “Chief” James was America’s first Native American professional basketball player.

A former television anchorwoman and reporter, Cheewa is the recipient of seven UPI (United Press International) awards. She has been awarded the National Golden Mike Award for excellence in television production. She is currently a Sacramento PBS on-air talent.

An accomplished author with a large number of articles in print, Cheewa’s work has appeared in Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Chicago Tribune, Portland Oregonian and Kansas City Star. Her book, MODOC: The Tribe That Wouldn’t Die, is the phenomenal story of her own tribe, written over a 12- year period.

Cheewa James is degreed in the area of communication with graduate work in education and is a credentialed teacher.