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    Shoot-out! Shoni Schimmel vs. Angel Goodrich = WNBA Game of the Year

    OKMULGEE, Okla. – Following a trend that is sweeping the WNBA across the United States, Oklahoma’s Native American community, on Thursday evening, will present a special tribute to honor the Tulsa Shock’s Cherokee tribal member Angel Goodrich and her visiting counterpart, the Atlanta Dream’s rookie native sensation and All-Star MVP Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla.


    Make Billy Mills Proud, Put This Lakota Runner on Runner’s World Cover

    Jordan Marie D., is an avid runner from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, and like so many athletes in Indian country she found great inspiration in the story of Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills, Lakota. She also comes from a family of runners. “My grandfather took me for my first run when I was 10,” Jordan says.


    It’s Shoni’s World! Highlight Reel of MVP Shoni Schimmel in WNBA All-Star Game

    If you missed the WNBA All-Star Game on July 19, here’s a recap with some of Shoni Schimmel’s most exciting moments.
    Schimmel, in her rookie year withthe Atlanta Dream, hit a WNBA All-Star record with 29 points, helping the East defeat the West in a 125-124 final.


    The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, July 27, 2014

    It’s our recap of the biggest stories in Indian country:The bodies of two homeless Navajo men, beaten to death with a cinder block and other objects, were found in an open field in northwest Albuquerque. Three teenagers are each being charged with two open counts of murder, tampering with evidence, three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery. Navajo President Ben Shelly is calling for answers.


    MMA welterweight fighter excited for match near Laurinburg home


    Growing up, mixed martial arts fighter Blaine Thomas bounced from place to place, constantly moving because his father worked in the military. Despite living in countless locations and houses, he has always called Laurinburg home.
    Thomas is a member of the Lumbee Tribe, and is one of the few Americans Indians competing in the MMA. His grandparents, William and Elizabeth Locklear, live in Wagram, and his mom graduated from Scotland High School. Thomas currently lives in Charleston, S.C., where he trains with his new team, Conflict MMA.

    Mixed martial arts fighter from Lumbee Tribe proud of heritage


    Blaine Thomas, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, shows pride in his heritage every time he steps into the fighting cage.
    Thomas, 24, is a mixed martial arts competitor. He says the Lumbee flag he brings into the ring motivates him.

    The Minnesota Swarm Celebrates 5th Lax-4-Life Camp With Fond du Lac Tribe


    Cloquet, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm in partnership with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, are proud to present the fifth annual Lax-4-Life Camp, a weeklong lacrosse camp for Native American boys and girls that is taking place this week on the Fond du Lac Reservation.


    Team Haudenosaunee U16 Wins Gold at the North American Indigenous Games


    Just days after the Iroquois Nationals won the bronze medal in the World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Team Haudenosaunee U16 is also celebrating a big win.
    The lacrosse team won the gold medal in the North American Indigenous Games on Tuesday.

    Watch: Ty Thompson Scores First Goal as a Major League Lacrosse Player


    Ty Thompson certainly “carried the fire” when he scored his first career goal as a Major League Lacrosse player on July 17.
    Thompson, who plays for the Rochester Rattlers, helped his team to a 10-7 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks. His first career goal came in the 4th quarter when he fired a shot past the Bayhawks Goalie Tyler Fiorito.

    A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower


    Competing as their own national team, the tribe medaled for their first time in the world championship, but not without controversy. Whites said using traditional sticks was cheating.
    By and large, American team sports are physically destructive affairs. Playing and practicing any sport at an elite level leaves in its wake broken bones, shredded ligaments and neuronal death. Even weightlifting demands the constant breaking down of muscle fibers.


    Native lacrosse players encounter racism on field


    Lacrosse stars from the Onondaga Nation of New York say racism from fellow players and fans is common:
        The Iroquois, who for decades primarily played an indoor lacrosse variant, were not invited to the first World Field Lacrosse Championships in 1968. The Heisman Trophy of college lacrosse pays homage to a Native word for lacrosse, tewaaraton, but not until this year was it awarded to a Native. Yet even in the story of co-Tewaaraton Award winners Lyle and Miles Thompson, we still hear echoes of the same racist attitudes which strangled opportunity for previous generations.

    Ontario Regional Chief Congratulates Iroquois Nationals on Third Place Finish in World Lax Championships


    Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy congratulated the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team representing the Haudenosaunee Confederacy on their third place finish in the World Lacrosse Championship this Saturday in Denver.


    Rez Ball Rules: MVP Shoni Schimmel Scores 29(!) in WNBA All-Star Game


    At the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game, supporters of rookie phenom Shoni Schimmel, Umatilla, cheered her on wearing “Rez Ball Rules” t-shirts. It wasn’t only a slogan — it was also a prophetic statement.

    Iroquois Nationals Dominate Australia, Win Bronze Medal in World Lacrosse Finals


    The Iroquois Nationals secured their first-ever medal in the World Lacrosse Championships finals on Saturday, July 19 beating Australia 16-5 for the the bronze medal.
    Brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson dominated the field throughout the game. Each scored four points against Australia. Iroquois goalie, Warren Hill also had a successful round, saving 11 goals.




     Iroquois Nationals Pride! Pictures From the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships


    The 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado, which began on July 10 and ends July 19, showcased the best lacrosse teams around the world.
    The Iroquois Nationals’ debut was much anticipated after they were denied entry into England for the 2010 games based on the country’s refusal to acknowledge the team’s Iroquois passports. As a result, the team did not compete at the world championships in Manchester.

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