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.