Tribal PIR Day, September 18, 2017 PM Keynote
Presenter: Wade McGee
CSKT Tribal Education is proud to present Wade McGee is a member of the Cherokee tribe of Oklahoma. He is the son of the late Jerry McGee and Lela (Parrish) McGee of Oklahoma. Wade McGee’s mother was of the Long Hair Clan of the Cherokee Nation. Wade grew up in several towns in Oklahoma, maintaining a high GPA and excelling in football, basketball, track and baseball. In high school he became the leading rusher in the state, was named to the All Shrine Bowl Team and received the Army Reserve Academic Athlete of the Year award. In 1987 he graduated from Delaware High School in Delaware, Oklahoma.
McGee attended Haskell Indian Junior College, where he was named All- Conference Running Back his freshman year; and by his sophomore year he was ranked first in the nation in rushing and total offense and third in scoring. Wade still holds seven individual offensive records at Haskell. He graduated with honors, earning degrees in liberal arts and natural resources, and in 2014 McGee retuned to College and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Idaho. He is currently obtaining his Master’s Degree in Adult Organization Leadership and Learning from the University of Idaho.
At Haskell he met his future wife, Debbie Louie-McGee (a descendant of Chief Emmanual Louie of the Southern Okanogan and Chief Morris Antelope of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe), a Coeur d’Alene tribal member. Married 22 years, they have three sons: Tucker, 21 who plays football at Idaho State University in Pocatello Idaho, Jerry,20 who plays football at University of Montana in Missoula Montana, and Kenny, 18 is a Freshman at Wenatchee Valley College playing Basketball. Wade and his wife reside in Polson, Montana.