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Student athletes shine in Lakota Nation Invitational

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Four different basketball venues were needed to accommodate the 32 teams that competed in mid-December for the coveted title of 2006 Lakota Nation Invitational tournament champion. At one time in the LNI's history, a gymnasium at the Pine Ridge Reservation could host what was then the...

Student athletes shine in Lakota Nation Invitational.

By David Melmer -- Today staffRAPID CITY, S.D. - Four different basketball venues were needed to accommodate the 32 teams that competed in mid-December for the coveted title of 2006 Lakota Nation Invitational tournament champion. At one time in the LNI's history, a gymnasium at the Pine Ridge Reservation host...

LNI draws large crowds

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- For the 29th year, the Lakota Nation Invitational has surpassed public expectations in sports, cultural activities and knowledge while bringing the American Indian and non-Indian community together in healthy activities that promote racial harmony and reconciliation. This year, for the first time in history, two non-Indian schools topped all others girls'...

Lakota Nation Invitational

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Most people come here for the basketball. But while in attendance, meetings and other competitions fill the schedules of students, parents and tribal leaders. More than 2,500 students, nearly 5,000 parents and other adults attend the Lakota Nation Invitational, one of the premier tournaments and gatherings of athletes, scholars tribal...

More than just basketball in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. - What has grown to be one of the largest basketball tournaments in the country has now become one of the largest youth and family gatherings. It's more than basketball, it's more than sports itself, it's about people gathering together, having fun, and engaging in friendly to...

LNI tourney ends in a flurry

RAPID CITY, S.D. - As a popular TV chef would say, the Lakota Invitational Tournament "kicked it up a notch." The match-up between the Pine Ridge Thorpes and the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Braves, the top-seeded team for the tournament, was the first meeting in 15 years for the two teams. met...

Pine Ridge sets the pace in cross-country

PINE RIDGE, S.D. - Invoking a no-nonsense attitude, coach Dale Pine has refused to allow his athletes to fall victim to the obstacles that present daily challenges in Pine Ridge. That's why he believes cross country running is the ideal sport at his South Dakota high school. "You can't to...

Oglala Lakota mother carries on with her daughter’s hope

PINE RIDGE, S.D. - On the morning of Feb. 9, 1992, on a lonely stretch of Interstate 90, Leatrice 'Chick' Big Crow and her daughter, SuAnne, were returning home from Sioux Falls to Pine Ridge.Suddenly, without warning, the two were involved in a single-car accident. SuAnne, 18, did survive...

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