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Native Sun News Today: Lakota coach makes comeback with reservation team
Native Sun News Today: Lakota coach makes comeback with reservation team (March 22, 2019)

If the enduring strength and spirit of the Oglala Lakota Tribe could be embodied in a single person, he would strongly resemble Casey Means.


Haskell University mourns loss of basketball standout Darrian Diwayan
Haskell University mourns loss of basketball standout Darrian Diwayan (March 8, 2019)

Haskell Indian Nations University is mourning the loss of Darrian Diwayan, a basketball standout from the Pueblo of Laguna.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota basketball coach mentors the Screaming Eagles
Native Sun News Today: Lakota basketball coach mentors the Screaming Eagles (March 6, 2019)

Sam Prairie Chicken is a basketball coach, and the Screaming Eagles are the North Rapid Lakota boys he coaches.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota students share their spark on the court
Native Sun News Today: Lakota students share their spark on the court (January 30, 2019)

Treymaine Eagle Thunder-Alger and Darian Schmidt are basketball standouts.


Cronkite News: Basketball team hopes to inspire Native youth
Cronkite News: Basketball team hopes to inspire Native youth (January 16, 2019)

When the Arizona State women’s basketball team played on the Navajo Nation, thousands of fans showed up.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota standout still loves rez ball
Native Sun News Today: Lakota standout still loves rez ball (January 16, 2019)

Born at Pine Ridge, Dylan Pourier has the mind and heart of a Lakota rez ball player.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota student is serious about academics and athletics
Native Sun News Today: Lakota student is serious about academics and athletics (January 10, 2019)

Alejandro Rama, a basketball standout at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, will be attending college on an academic scholarship.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota Nation Invitational kicks off in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Lakota Nation Invitational kicks off in South Dakota (December 14, 2018)

The Lakota Nation Invitational is underway in Rapid City, drawing top basketball teams from reservations across South Dakota.


Cronkite News: 'Showdown on the Rez' draws thousands of Navajo fans
Cronkite News: 'Showdown on the Rez' draws thousands of Navajo fans (November 16, 2018)

For many on the Navajo Nation, basketball means everything.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe welcomes brother and sister back home
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe welcomes brother and sister back home (August 23, 2018)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe held a welcoming and naming ceremony for two descendants whose mother was adopted at a young age.


NBA star Kyrie Irving returns to Standing Rock homeland
NBA star Kyrie Irving returns to Standing Rock homeland (August 21, 2018)

Boston Celtics player and five-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving is being honored by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


'It brings all these teams together': Native basketball builds bridges
'It brings all these teams together': Native basketball builds bridges (August 9, 2018)

The Native American Basketball Invitational is about more than just rez ball.


Cronkite News: Basketball standout from Navajo Nation makes next move
Cronkite News: Basketball standout from Navajo Nation makes next move (June 19, 2018)

Navajo citizen JJ Nakai is blazing a trail for younger Native American basketball players.


Pine Ridge family still grieving after crash claims lives of mother and 14-year-old son
Pine Ridge family still grieving after crash claims lives of mother and 14-year-old son (April 19, 2018)

On February 23, Lynell Morrison-Cash and her son Waylon, 14, died when their car was struck head-on in Nebraska.


Native Sun News Today: Young Lakota basketball star heads to Australia for tournament
Native Sun News Today: Young Lakota basketball star heads to Australia for tournament (March 26, 2018)

A Lower Brule Sioux basketball player has been invited to play in Australia for the Down Under Sports 30th annual basketball tournament in July.


Native Sun News Today: Three reservation teams head to basketball finals in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Three reservation teams head to basketball finals in South Dakota (March 16, 2018)

Two teams from the Pine Ridge Reservation, plus another from the Crow Creek Reservation, are in the South Dakota boys basketball tournament.


Winnebago Tribe sends basketball team to championships again
Winnebago Tribe sends basketball team to championships again (March 13, 2018)

For the fourth year in a row, a boys basketball team from a small town in northeast Nebraska went all the way to the state championships.


Native Sun News Today: Lakota Nation Invitational ends with overtime thriller
Native Sun News Today: Lakota Nation Invitational ends with overtime thriller (January 8, 2018)

'We thought we could jump on them and get them spooked,' Crow Creek Head Coach Billy Jo Sazue said


Native Sun News Today: A new Lakota basketball journey begins at Cheyenne River
Native Sun News Today: A new Lakota basketball journey begins at Cheyenne River (December 6, 2017)

Seventeen years ago the big boarding school at Eagle Butte was broken up, and two localized schools were opened on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, Takini and Tiospaye Topa.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: It's never too early to talk about the Lakota Nation Invitational
Native Sun News Today Editorial: It's never too early to talk about the Lakota Nation Invitational (September 6, 2017)

We know it is still a little early to talk about the Lakota Nation Invitational, a tournament that even made the pages of Sports Illustrated Magazine.


Human Rights Complaint in Montana: 'We are only letting the white people in'
Human Rights Complaint in Montana: 'We are only letting the white people in' (May 22, 2017)

Four tribal citizens said they were denied entrance to a high school basketball game based on their race.


Agua Caliente Band puts name on minor league basketball team
Agua Caliente Band puts name on minor league basketball team (May 16, 2017)

The Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario will begin playing in California in the fall.


Harold Monteau: Colleges need to bring in more Native athletes
Harold Monteau: Colleges need to bring in more Native athletes (April 17, 2017)

Indian Players like Shoni Schimmel are mostly absent from NCAA D1 college basketball, so how can we get them noticed?


Adrian Jawort: Rightwing radio host called for Indian segregation
Adrian Jawort: Rightwing radio host called for Indian segregation (March 13, 2017)

Montana radio show duo suspended following segregation of Native Americans blog goes nationwide.


James Giago Davies: Some simple rules for winning at rez ball
James Giago Davies: Some simple rules for winning at rez ball (March 6, 2017)

When the 35-second shot clock and the three-point shot were introduced to South Dakota high school basketball, rez ball should have taken off like a rocket.


Native Sun News Today: Indian teams land in playoffs for girls title in South Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Indian teams land in playoffs for girls title in South Dakota (March 3, 2017)

For the second straight year, Class B Girls has been unforgiving to Native teams.


New York Times returns to Navajo Nation for another 'rez ball' story
New York Times returns to Navajo Nation for another 'rez ball' story (February 27, 2017)

The Chinle High School Wildcats are finishing their season under new leadership.


Radio show host in Montana calls Indian basketball fans 'unruly'
Radio show host in Montana calls Indian basketball fans 'unruly' (February 23, 2017)

Paul Mushaben of KCTR 102.9 called Indian basketball fans 'unruly' in a short post that was deleted from his station's website.


Native Sun News Today: Rapid City rivals in crosstown showdown
Native Sun News Today: Rapid City rivals in crosstown showdown (February 15, 2017)

Raider Head Coach Chris Stoebner is a pretty husky guy, but the first words out of his mouth after his team’s 54-41 defeat of arch-rival Rapid City Central were, 'I’m exhausted!'


Delphine Red Shirt: Tournament is a testament to our talented Native youth
Delphine Red Shirt: Tournament is a testament to our talented Native youth (January 17, 2017)

Most Native American students today embrace two worlds whether they know it or not.


Native Sun News Today: Pine Ridge teams fight it out at the buzzer
Native Sun News Today: Pine Ridge teams fight it out at the buzzer (January 17, 2017)

The Pine Ridge basketball team almost steals the game from Red Cloud Indian School with a buzzer beater.


Native Sun News Today: Winnebago basketball team falls to big city rival
Native Sun News Today: Winnebago basketball team falls to big city rival (January 4, 2017)

Eager basketball fans anticipated a showdown between two of the more celebrated big men in the state of Nebraska


Native Sun News Today: Winnebago team sweeps Lakota Nation Invitational
Native Sun News Today: Winnebago team sweeps Lakota Nation Invitational (December 22, 2016)

It wasn’t hard to predict a Red Cloud-Winnebago final at the 40th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational.


Brandon Ecoffey: A special look at the Lakota Nation Invitational
Brandon Ecoffey: A special look at the Lakota Nation Invitational (December 16, 2016)

It has been a year of ups and downs in Indian Country, luckily we still have the game we love.


Lakota Country Times: Red Cloud team stands out on the court
Lakota Country Times: Red Cloud team stands out on the court (December 14, 2016)

The Crusaders are as confident as ever as they look to qualify for their first state tournament appearance in nearly a decade.


Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge girls team aims for state title in South Dakota
Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge girls team aims for state title in South Dakota (December 14, 2016)

After coming off one of its best seasons in years, the Little Wound Lady Mustangs seeded number two at the 40th annual Lakota Nation Invitational.


Lakota Country Times: Lower Brule team hopes to make splash at LNI
Lakota Country Times: Lower Brule team hopes to make splash at LNI (December 14, 2016)

The blossoming Lower Brule High School basketball program is looking to make a splash at this year's Lakota Nation Invitational.


Lakota Country Times: Big Native basketball tournament opens in South Dakota
Lakota Country Times: Big Native basketball tournament opens in South Dakota (December 14, 2016)

The 40th annual Lakota Nation Invitational is set to be one of the biggest and best to date.


Native Sun News Today: Winnebago champs trounce rival Omahas in yearly matchup
Native Sun News Today: Winnebago champs trounce rival Omahas in yearly matchup (December 14, 2016)

'They call it rez ball,' fifth year Winnebago Head Coach Jeff Berridge said


Brandon Ecoffey: Our reservation basketball coaches deserve better
Brandon Ecoffey: Our reservation basketball coaches deserve better (December 9, 2016)

When writing about community news it gets very difficult to not be affected by the stories we are sometimes to forced to cover.


Bronson Koenig: What I found during my journey to Standing Rock
Bronson Koenig: What I found during my journey to Standing Rock (December 2, 2016)

'I’d never played basketball surrounded by police and blockades.'


Bronson Koenig hosts basketball clinic for youth at Standing Rock
Bronson Koenig hosts basketball clinic for youth at Standing Rock (September 16, 2016)

The college basketball star from the Ho-Chunk Nation is heading to North Dakota to show solidarity with the #NoDAPL movement.


Brandon Ecoffey: Best basketball teams always had Native players
Brandon Ecoffey: Best basketball teams always had Native players (August 10, 2016)

After weeks upon weeks of writing columns columns about some of the most pressing issues even the most hardened writers need to take a break from that kind of content.


Native youth participate in first Jr. NBA camps in Indian Country
Native youth participate in first Jr. NBA camps in Indian Country (July 4, 2016)

The Tulalip Boys and Girls Club in Washington and the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota are hosting the events.


Native American Basketball Invitational draws top talent to Arizona
Native American Basketball Invitational draws top talent to Arizona (June 23, 2016)

More than 1,400 athletes from tribal communities in the United States and Canada are taking part in the annual event.


Mescalero Apache Tribe hosts Gus Macker basketball tournament
Mescalero Apache Tribe hosts Gus Macker basketball tournament (June 1, 2016)

The event -- the first of its kind in Indian Country -- will be held June 25-26 at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in New Mexico.


Cronkite News: Sports teams turn to tribes for naming rights deals
Cronkite News: Sports teams turn to tribes for naming rights deals (May 3, 2016)

Phoenix has an advantage over most markets because there are several Native American communities in the surrounding area, all wanting to promote their brands and with thriving casino operations to pay for it.


Native Sun News: The future of Lakota basketball in South Dakota
Native Sun News: The future of Lakota basketball in South Dakota (April 20, 2016)

Given the large number of Lakota ball clubs to cover during the basketball season, the Native Sun News did not cover much AA basketball in 2015-16, and that was a mistake.


Native Sun News: Rosebud Sioux sisters carry on Lakota basketball tradition
Native Sun News: Rosebud Sioux sisters carry on Lakota basketball tradition (April 14, 2016)

Mya and Juneau Jones, daughters of Chuck Jones from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, are the latest examples of a proud and impressive tradition.


Lakota Country Times: Teenager's anti-suicide movement grows
Lakota Country Times: Teenager's anti-suicide movement grows (April 12, 2016)

Suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been a hot topic for decades as many have lost their battle with the disease.


Native Sun News: Basketball star rises on Pine Ridge Reservation
Native Sun News: Basketball star rises on Pine Ridge Reservation (April 6, 2016)

Years from now when people look back over the four years Kobey O’Rourke spent playing basketball for Red Cloud, they might remember he made the varsity as a freshman.


Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe stands up for girls basketball team
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe stands up for girls basketball team (March 30, 2016)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe is demanding action against an off-reservation high school for the actions of its students during a regional high school girls championship game.


Indian Country cheers on Ho-Chunk players in basketball playoff
Indian Country cheers on Ho-Chunk players in basketball playoff (March 25, 2016)

Two young members of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin are making history on the basketball court.


United Tribes Technical College girls basketball team in tourney
United Tribes Technical College girls basketball team in tourney (March 15, 2016)

After an 11-hour drive from North Dakota to Kansas, the Lady Thunderbirds are ready for their first game in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.


Dalton Walker: Red Lake Nation rallies for boys basketball players
Dalton Walker: Red Lake Nation rallies for boys basketball players (March 9, 2016)

Basketball is more than a game for many at Red Lake. It's a cherished outlet.


Basketball teams at United Tribes Technical College finish strong
Basketball teams at United Tribes Technical College finish strong (March 2, 2016)

The Lady Thunderbirds are the new Region XII champions and are hosting their first-ever district tournament.


Indian school fires basketball coaches after race-related incident
Indian school fires basketball coaches after race-related incident (February 26, 2016)

Former head boys basketball coach Ceci Moses and her husband, former assistant coach Rick Schimmel, accused staff at another school of making race-related comments about Native Americans.


Lakota Country Times: Tribal college basketball team takes off
Lakota Country Times: Tribal college basketball team takes off (February 19, 2016)

The Oglala Lakota College Brave Hearts are quickly becoming a legitimate program under the guidance of Dale Pine Jr.


Native basketball tournament bars player who lacks Indian blood
Native basketball tournament bars player who lacks Indian blood (February 11, 2016)

Josiah Wilson is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation and is considered an "Indian" under Canadian law but his lack of Indian blood is keeping him off the court.


Teams protest corporate sponsor of Native basketball tournament
Teams protest corporate sponsor of Native basketball tournament (February 8, 2016)

Players and elders from the Haida Nation of British Columbia are bothered by the growing involvement of energy companies in the All Native Basketball Tournament.