37th annual Lakota Nation Invitational begins - KOTA Territory News

37th annual Lakota Nation Invitational begins


by Stacie Granum, Visit Rapid City

The Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) is in its 37th year and continues to be a successful event year after year. LNI is a non-profit organization with a board of directors comprised of administrators from seven schools and the events founder Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer. LNI produces an estimated $1.4 Million in estimated direct spending into Rapid City annually during the weeks leading up to Christmas.

"The entire board is involved because of the kids; we want to put on the best possible event for the kids to showcase their talents. Whether it's art, language, hand games or basketball we want the kids to be able to have an opportunity to express themselves," said Chuck Wilson, Board of Directors President for LNI. Bryan Brewer, Tournament Director added, "We have a great place to do it in Rapid City and the Civic Center and it truly is about the children and allowing them an opportunity to shine."

Little Wound vs Cheyenne Eagle Butte in last year's tournament. (photo by Jack Siebold)

From December 18th through the 21st, thousands of competitors, fans, families and general spectators come to Rapid City to cheer on their teams and take part in the full-fledged cultural event that is the Lakota Nation Invitational. The event is just around the corner and final preparations are being made to showcase the talent and culture of students and athletes that participate in the event.

"This is such a big event for the kids and Rapid City and has proven to be a good partnership for all parties involved. Every successful event has a strong foundation and LNI is no different," added Domico Rodriguez, Director of Sports & Events for the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For more information about the event or to get involved please contact Domico Rodriguez at the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau at 605-718-8491 or at rodriguez@visitrapidcity.com

The Rapid City CVB is a division of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce. The CVB's mission is to market the Rapid City area as a convention and leisure destination and to promote economic growth that will enhance the area for visitors and residents.

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