Rolling out the Lakota Nation Invitational red carpet

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - For the past 39 years, the Lakota Nation Invitational has taken place in Rapid City. Over those years the LNI has expanded and brought in new events.

Last year, the red carpet welcome for participating teams was unrolled for the first time. Citizens, business owners, community leaders and basketball fans came out to welcome the players to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Whitney Rencountre of Visit Rapid City hopes that this year's turnout will overshadow last year's, and help solidify this as a new tradition of the LNI.

"We would like the folks to come down to the Civic Center about 4:00 [Tuesday] to line up. Help us give them a red carpet welcome."