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Historian 12-18-2008 12:41 PM

Lakota Nation Invitational more than just basketball
Lakota Nation Invitational more than just basketball
updated 7:50 p.m. CT, Wed., Dec. 17, 2008
Lakota Nation Invitational more than just basketball - KNBN-TV- msnbc.com

Rapid City - Thousands of high school sports fans are in Rapid City for one thing: the Lakota Nation Invitational. But, it's much more than just basketball. For the last 32 years, the LNI tournament has grown into the event it is today. It began as just an eight team basketball tournament and now it has more than 30. But, the tournament has expanded well beyond the basketball court to showcase the talents of more students.

Bryan Brewer, LNI Tournament Director, "A number of years ago we started with some of our cultural things. Doing cultural things not only for the non-Indians, but to train and teach our young people some of our traditions things like that."

Storytelling event a success at LNI

The cultural events include Pow-Wow dancing, hand games, boxing, and even storytelling. This is the second year the storytelling event has made an appearance at the tournament. Storytelling and storytellers are an important part of the Lakota culture. It gives high school students an opportunity to share their favorite lessons that represent their culture.

Jerome Kills Small, LNI Storyteller Judge, "We have that rich interchange of weaknesses and strengths. It helps to learn by that circle. And I think that kinship system was very strong because of that, that we had been able to communicate. You know, tongues were invented for a reason. That's what I say."


32nd Annual Lakota Nation Invitational Tournament
December 17, 18,19, 20, 2008
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, South Dakota

Schedule of Events

December 16

Put up Tipis - Arena
Move in Day for Vendors - 5:00p.m.
Art Show Set Up - Rushmore Hall - All Day
LNI Board Meeting - Room 101, Arena 4:00pm
Fellowship of Christian Athletics Banquet 5:30 Arena
Coaches and Officials meeting at 6:30pm. - Arena

December 17

Girls Basketball Games - Civic Center Arena
10:00a.m. Pine Ridge vs Crazy Horse
11:30a.m. Red Cloud vs Flandreau Indians
1:00 p.m. Lower Brule vs Little Wound
2:30 p.m. St. Francis vs Cheyenne Eagle Butte
4:00 p.m. Standing Rock vs Umonhon Nation
5:30 p.m. Todd County vs Takini
7:00 p.m. Crow Creek vs Custer
8:30 p.m. Hill City vs White River

Boys Basketball Games - Ice Arena
10:00a.m. Red Cloud vs Takini
11:30a.m. White River vs Crazy Horse
1:00 p.m. Little Wound vs Flandreau Indians
2:20 p.m. Pine Ridge vs Lower Brule
4:00 p.m. Cheyenne Eagle Butte vs Crow Creek
5:30 p.m. Standing Rock vs St. Francis
7:00 p.m. Umonhon Nation vs Hill City
8:30 p.m. Custer vs Todd County

Teca Wacipi Okolakiciye Pow Wow - Rushmore Hall South
11:00am to 5:00pm
Coordinator: Mike Carlow

Art Show - Rushmore Hall North
9:00am - 6:00p.m.
Coordinator: Leah Peterson

Lakota Language Bowl, LaCroix Hall A
Coordinator: Carmen Eagle Pipe
9:00a.m. - Rules Meeting and registration
10:00am - Competion starts

Story Telling competition starts at 10:00 am in Room 101
Coordinator: Doris Giago

LNI Business Plan Competition starts at 10:00 am in Room 102
(Sponsored by the Oglala Sioux Tribe Credit and Finance Program)
Coordinator: Twaney Brunsch

Student Dance 9:00p.m. Rushmore Hall North
Coordinator: John Miller

December 18

Girls Basketball games - Girls Games will be played at the Ice Arena
All Boys Basketball games will be held at the Civic Center Arena
All Games start at 10:00am

Cheerleader competition - 7:30a.m. Civic Center Arena
Coordinator: Jeanne Horse

Art Show 9:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. Rushmore Hall
Coordinator: Leah Peterson

Knowledge Bowl (Academics)- 10:00am - 6:00pm - Lacroix Hall C
Coordinator: Cody Russell

LNI Business Competition starts at 10:00am - Room 101
Coordinator: Twaney Brunsch

Hand Game Tournament - 9:00a.m. Registration and sponsors meeting Room 101
10:00pm-Competition starts - Rushmore Hall North
Coordinator: Roger White Eyes

Jr. ROTC practice 10:00am 1:00pm Rushmore Hall

Jr. ROTC Regulation and Exhibition Competition - 1:00pm. 4:00pm Rushmore Hall
Coordinator: Major Iwan

Bear Literacy Jamboree: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Rushmore Arena North: All activities are free. Frosty the Snowman and Santa will be there.

Awards 7:30 p.m. Civic Center Arena:
Cross Country Coach: Shannon Jewett, Cheyenne Eagle Butte
State Cross Country Champions: Lottie Grimshaw and Kiko Mendoza

Awards: 9:00p.m. Civic Center Arena:
Basketball Coaches:
Jerome LeBeau, Red Cloud,
Matt Rama, Red Cloud,
Eldon Marshall, White River

Student Dance 9:00p.m. Rushmore Hall South

December 19

Basketball Games start at 7:30a.m. at the Rushmore Arena and the Ice Arena
Two PaHa Sapa Semi final games will be played Schools of Mines and Technology
11:00 am and 1:00pm.

Art Show 9:00am - 6:00pm Rushmore Hall North
Coordinator: Leah Peterson

Hand Game Tournament 9:00a.m. - Rushmore Hall
Championship games in the Rushmore arena starting at 12:00pm
Coordinator: Roger White Eyes

Lakota Nation Knowledge Bowl (Academics) LaCroix Hall C- 10:00 am
Coordinator: Cody Russell

Catholic State Tournament Reunion - 10:00 am - 4:00pm at Ice Arena Club House

Coach Dave Strain Reunion - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Ice Arena Club House

Public Service Awards - Civic Center Arena - 4:00p.m.

4:30 pm - Arena - Introduce Catholic State Tournament Reunion and the Coach Dave Strain reunion attendees.
Crow Creek high school will honor the 1963 Stephan State Basketball Champions

Wiping of the tears ceremony 5:00 pm
Sadie Bobtail Bear, Standing Rock Athletic
Cory Ginsbach, Hill City Athletic Director-Coach
Harold Iron Shield, LNI Staff

Grand Entry - 5:30

Awards - Lakota Language, Art Show and Hand Game - Civic Center- 8:00p.m.

Awards - Knowledge Bowl (Academics) - Civic Center - 9:00p.m.

Story Telling, LNI Business Plan Competition

Student Dance 9:00p.m. Rushmore Hall South

December 20

All Basketball Games start at 8:00a.m.
Civic Center Arena, Ice Arena and St. Thomas More

Wrestling weigh in at 6:00am Rushmore Hall
Wrestling Starts at 10:00am Rushmore Hall

Art Show - Rushmore North

LNI Boxing starts at 1:00pm Rushmore Hall North

Wrestling Championship - 5:00p.m. - Civic Center

Basketball Championships 7:00p.m. (Girls), 8:30p.m. (Boys)

Student Dance 9:00p.m. Rushmore Hall South


For more information on LNI, go to: Lakota Nation Invitational

Historian 12-30-2008 03:53 PM

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LNI 2008

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