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Native America Calling: Basketball is in the air
Thursday, May 30, 2024

Basketball is in the air
Basketball fans are glued to their teams’ performance in the NBA conference finals, with at least two Native players still battling for the title.

And the WNBA just started its season, welcoming Minnesota Lynx draft pick Alissa Pili (Iñupiaq and Samoan) onto the court.

Join Native America Calling to hear from Pili, as well as University of Houston Coach Kelvin Sampson (Lumbee), who the AP just named Coach of the Year, along with some other perspectives on Native representation on the court.

Alissa Pili
Alissa Pili plays a preseason game for the Minnesota Lynx WNBA team in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 3, 2024. Photo: John McClellan

Guests on Native America Calling
Alissa Pili (Iñupiaq and Samoan), player for Minnesota Lynx WNBA team

Kelvin Sampson (Lumbee), University of Houston coach

Dominic Tiger-Cortes (citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation), basketball trainer and founder and creative director of Hoop Medicine

L.A. Williams (Diné), sportscaster and radio talent

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