indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439
Indian Law Online Master Degree
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Native Sun News: Another year for Lakota Nation Invitational
Monday, December 17, 2012
Filed Under: National | Politics
More on: basketball, native sun news, rapid city, south dakota
 
The following story was written and reported by Native Sun News Staff. All content © Native Sun News. All content © Native Sun News.

LNI An acronym that needs no introduction
By Native Sun News Staff

All living things grow and change over their life spans, and the Lakota Nation Invitational, with its spirit of the Lakota people, is no different, having grown and changed and evolved from a small entity to one of the largest basketball tournaments in the state of South Dakota.

The tournament brings together Native American high school students from around the state and often North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska as well. With the spirit of generosity, good sportsmanship and competitiveness, several non-Native teams are invited every year to round out the exceptional diversity that the tournament has become.

Started on Pine Ridge Reservation as a small eight-team boys basketball tournament in 1977, the LNI was held at the Pine Ridge High School gymnasium for the first two years. Due to the incredible response by fans of participating teams, the tournament was moved to Rapid City at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in order to accommodate the crowds. At that point in LNI history, the tournament was called the All-Indian Tourney.

In the early years, the girls basketball teams did not have a tournament until 1985 when a separate tournament was held in various locations around the state. This was due to the fact that the girls’ and boys’ teams were held consecutively, with the girls’ season coming in the fall, as school started. It wasn’t until the 2002-2003 season that South Dakota switched to the traditional season used by other states, meaning that the girls’ teams would play during the same season as the boys.

At that point, it was decided that the girls’ teams would play at the civic center during the same All-Indian Tourney as the boys. The only other time the girls played during the boys’ tournament was for exhibition games.

As the years passed, other sports were included, such as wrestling, volleyball, cross country and boxing. In order to further celebrate the Lakota culture, events such as storytelling, hand games and the Lakota Language Bowl were added.

In 2004, the Lakota Nation Invitational held its first “Wiping of the Tears” ceremony. Recently inaugurated Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer, who is the LNI’s founder and director, thought the healing ceremony would be beneficial to all participants who suffered a loss that year. One of those losses in 2004 was a fellow tournament director, Mr. Chuck Cuny of Pine Ridge. Brewer and Cuny took turns directing the LNI since its inception in 1977.

This year’s LNI will also feature the fifth annual Business Plan Competition. This competition requires students to develop business plans that address a specific need, identify a target market, pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of their competitors and appoint key persons to manage the operation of their business plans. Contestants will be allotted 15 minutes to present their business plans to a panel of judges.

In recent years, there has been talk about moving the tournament due to the increase in costs associated with traveling and staying in Rapid City. Other South Dakota cities have offered to provide LNI organizers with a venue free of cost. And while some city facilities would not be as large as the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, a move outside of Rapid City would save money for the tournament.

In 2006, the tournament was cut down to three days instead of the usual four. In more recent years, however, the tournament has been moved back up to four days, this year running from Dec. 19 through Dec. 22.

According the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lakota Nation Invitational brings in approximately $5 million for local business and city taxes. Several times since 2006, the LNI organizers have met with Rapid City business leaders to discuss a way to keep the tournament in the city.

The tournament started with only two people running the show, Bryan Brewer and Dave Archambault. Since then, an eight-member board of directors has been established. However, these people alone do not provide the entire manpower required to run a tournament the size of LNI. There are event coordinators for each new event added as well as more than 20 sports officials. Scorers, statisticians, security and gofers all join in to provide the thousands of spectators, players, coaches and staff members of the schools represented every year with an enjoyable time at the Lakota Nation Invitational.


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:

Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Updates from National Congress of American Indians meet in DC (2/26)
Native Sun News: Rosebud Sioux Tribe leader sidelined by council (2/26)
James Giago Davies: Native activism must embrace all relations (2/26)
Donna Ennis: Obama budget supports tribal self-determination (2/26)
Rich Winter: Let's keep Lakota Nation Invitational in Rapid City (2/26)
Oglala Sioux Tribe wants tournament moved out of Rapid City (2/26)
Blog: Firm saves billions by exploiting Native 'loophole' at FCC (2/26)
Former Sisseton Wahpeton chairman joins marijuana company (2/26)
Klamath Tribes aid investigation into stolen artifacts in Oregon (2/26)
Alaska Native community still waiting on funding for relocation (2/26)
Alaska Native lawmaker in hospital after emergency at capitol (2/26)
Elise Patkotak: Alaska must acknowledge high rate of violence (2/26)
Mishewal Wappo Tribe waits for decision in recognition lawsuit (2/26)
Muscogee Nation seeks 5000 workers for big casino expansion (2/26)
Little River Band expects wait for $180M off-reservation casino (2/26)
Northern Arapaho Tribe plans to open casino food court in May (2/26)
Cherokee Nation promotes citizen to manager of $80M casino (2/26)
Tribes share nearly $16M in casino revenues with New Mexico (2/26)
Connecticut tribes face threat from casinos in Massachusetts (2/26)
Updates from National Congress of American Indians meeting (2/25)
Native Sun News: Artist Del Iron Cloud wins top award at show (2/25)
Witness List: Senate Indian Affairs Committee budget hearing (2/25)
Steve Russell: Cherokees learned discrimination from colonists (2/25)
Mary Pember: Tlingit masks appraised on 'Antiques Roadshow' (2/25)
Julianne Jennings: Keep talking about race in American history (2/25)
Bill to create day to honor late Elouise Cobell stalls in Montana (2/25)
Washington tribes head to trial in dispute over fishing grounds (2/25)
Mobile dental clinic takes service to Navajo Nation communities (2/25)
Shingle Springs Band gun range draws questions from neighbors (2/25)
NCPR: St. Regis Mohawk Tribe continues land claim negotiations (2/25)
Opinion: Oklahoma attempts to rewrite role of Whites in history (2/25)
Opinion: Tribes get ready to discuss marijuana in Indian Country (2/25)
Florida governor wants land ruling for Poarch Creek gaming site (2/25)
Tribes in Oregon planning to open Class II gaming facility in April (2/25)
Kansas bill exempts tribal casino winnings from debt collections (2/25)
BSPR: Gaming helps Idaho tribes foster a sense of independence (2/25)
Business owners support Catawba Nation off-reservation casino (2/25)
Native Sun News: County schedules vote on road by Bear Butte (2/24)
Bill John Baker: Sharing the Cherokee Nation's story of success (2/24)
Dean Suagee: Tribal issues being ignored in Keystone XL battle (2/24)
Sonny Skyhawk: First Americans still underrepresented in film (2/24)
Kyle Mays: Native and African histories need full examination (2/24)
Deadlines approaching for over $100M in land buy-back offers (2/24)
Bill for tribal marijuana agreements advancing in Washington (2/24)
EPA investigates refinery odors at request of Swinomish Tribe (2/24)
Judge tells Nooksack Tribe to delay disenrollment proceedings (2/24)
Indian artist blasts vandalism of murals as an 'act of terrorism' (2/24)
Tribes in Maine face opposition to jurisdiction over non-Indians (2/24)
Obama issues veto of bill that authorizes Keystone XL Pipeline (2/24)
Little River Band submits application for off-reservation casino (2/24)
more headlines...


Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.