LNI to stay in Rapid City
By Joseph Budd,
Native Sun News Today Staff Writer
Out of the events regarding the Grand Gateway Hotel episode, a standing question was opened up at the meeting: what would the LNI, one of the biggest events for the city, do in light of the event?
Word has finally come out, to the media. “The LNI Board has voted to remain in Rapid City.SD. The Black Hills is our home. We have many partnerships and allies in this community and all of our communities in the Great Plains. The recent Grand Gateway Hotel incident that occurred has affected us all and part of our mission statement is about reconciliation. The LNI Board will continue to stay true to our mission statement and continue to provide a venue to showcase our students.”
The letter, also noted the existing board, Chuck Wilson, President, Bryan Brewer, Founder/Director LNI Events, Silas Blaine, Vice President, Dani Walking Eagle, Secretary, Robert Brave Hearts, Treasurer, Keith Ferguson, Allen Benoist, Mike Carlow and John Haas.
The LNI, an event dating back to the original tournament held on Pine Ridge, in 1976, was centered around basketball and was set up to give team’s contests against other Native American schools, as the teams were having trouble finding other teams to fill in a full season schedule. Three years later, after the program outsized the Pine Ridge gym, it was moved up to Rapid City where it would be an annual event and expanded to involve girls’ basketball, Chess, Knowledge Bowl, hand games, language bowls, art show and even a business plan competition.