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    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-

    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

    "Be good, be kind, help each other."
    "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

    --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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    LNI 2008

    "Be good, be kind, help each other."
    "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

    --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)


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