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Dec. 18.

Lakota Nation Invitational Tournament Unites Culture and Competition

Today, the 37th annual Lakota Nation Invitational Tournament kicked off in our facility, and we couldn’t be happier to host this much-anticipated event. Taking place from Wednesday, December 18th through Saturday, December 21st, the tournament features cultural and academic events that showcase the diverse talents of young men and women from across the nation.

Every year, the Lakota Nation Invitational has continued to grow. Competing in honor of their respective schools, families, and nations near and far, young people come to showcase their unique talents and hard work. Several outstanding athletes will be in attendance, competing in basketball, wrestling, and cheerleading. Students will also compete in Lakota Language, Academic and Knowledge Bowls as well as the Hand Game Tournament, Art Show, Storytelling and Business Competitions. This year, the LNI Youth Summit is open to all students nationally who wish to attend.

As the 37th year gets underway, the LNI will also honor Female Veterans who have served our country in the military. From athletics, academics, and fine arts as well as cultural traditions, this four day event promotes fun, excitement, and the LNI spirit. There is truly something for everyone at the LNI, a time where individuals from all backgrounds come together and unite in a collective showcase of goodwill.

If you would like to view a full schedule of events, we encourage you to visit our events calendar. Basketball ticket prices are $40 for an adult pass and $35 for a student pass. An adult single session is $8, and a student single session is $7. Elder (55 years and older) tournament passes are $35 and single sessions are $7. Tickets for Veterans attending Friday’s events are $5.

We wish the best of luck to all of this year’s talented and inspirational participants who have come from near and far to support the 37th annual Lakota Nation Invitational. Each year we are honored to host and meet such a large gathering of acclaimed individuals, and to become a part of the true spirit and meaning of this event. We encourage our community to come out and support the Lakota Nation Invitational this week, and the principles of devotion and goodwill that it represents.

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Dec. 17.

Lakota Nation Invitational Celebrates Culture and Competition

On the surface, the annual LNI basketball tournament might seem like its focus is on sports. Look closer, though, and you’ll find a culturally rich event that centers on growth, leadership, and respect. This December 19th – 22nd, the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is excited to host a wide variety of athletic, educational, and cultural events.

The LNI tournament began in 1977, and has experienced remarkable growth in the subsequent years. Recognizing outstanding young men and women, LNI fosters healthy competition as students compete in honor of their schools, families, and respected nations. Cultures are brought together each year in a spirit of friendship and goodwill as the four day event is held. Some of the strongest athletes are found in the basketball, wrestling, and cheerleading tournaments, but there are a host of additional events to enjoy as well.

Educationally oriented tournaments include Lakota Language and Academic and Knowledge Bowls. The Knowledge Bowls unite students from across the region in a rigorous showdown of the minds. Students participate in preliminaries, finals, and written exams in a wide variety of subjects. Likewise, the Language Bowl brings students from elementary to high school together in a showcase of language proficiency and talent.

Hand games are always favorite events, as well as the Lakota Nation Art Show. Categories are numerous and include watercolor, oil, pastels, charcoal, beading, and traditional art, among others. Champions are selected in each category, along with awards including Best in Show. A Fashion Show featuring stunning designs and beautiful accessories hand crafted by indigenous women will also be held, and always draws a substantial audience.

Also taking place during this year’s LNI tournament will be the fourth annual Veteran’s Banquet on Friday, December 21st. This year’s selected group of honorees is Vietnam Veterans. Open to both native and non-native cultures, the event will begin by recognizing a procession on the basketball court, followed by an honorary banquet for veterans and their families. Joe Morrisette of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Homeless Veterans Shelter says “We owe respect for all of our veterans, as some individuals never had the opportunity to be honored.”

This year’s Lakota Nation Invitational tournament promises to offer a stunning showcase of culture, athletics, and scholastic achievement. Bring your family and experience a variety of tournaments taking place each day, including basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, archery, knowledge bowl, an art show, and hand games. It’s one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year, and it’s all happening right here at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, December 19th – 22nd.



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