OKMULGEE, Okla. – Following a trend that is sweeping the WNBA across the United States, Oklahoma’s Native American community, on Thursday evening, will present a special tribute to honor the Tulsa Shock’s Cherokee tribal member Angel Goodrich and her visiting counterpart, the Atlanta Dream’s rookie native sensation and All-Star MVP Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Office of Public Relations, in coordination with the host Tulsa Shock, will present a pregame “Prime Time” event that will feature more than 50 dancers representing most of the State’s 38 federally recognized Tribes.
Native Americans dressed in their respective traditional attire will flood the arena floor in an intertribal dance accompanied by the drum, and songs from the “Redland Singers” at the Bank of Oklahoma Center at 6:30 p.m.
“Through the athletic talents and accomplishments of Native American athletes such as Angel and Shoni, they’ve united and inspired youth and tribal members, not only in Oklahoma, but across the United States,” said Principal Chief George Tiger of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in a news release. “Native Americans are showing their pride and appreciation wherever they appear; pride in their accomplishments, and pride in their traditions and cultures. It is a unifying phenomenon that we want to perpetuate.”
Chief Tiger will be joined by Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear for pregame activities.
This will be the first meeting between the Shock’s second year guard, Angel Goodrich, and the Dream’s rookie sensation guard, Shoni Schimmel. Both were highly recruited following successful collegiate careers at Kansas University and the University of Louisville, respectively. Tipoff is set for Thursday, July 31, at 7 p.m.