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Looking down the road at the LNI

Marie and Juneau Giago pulled into Rapid City for a short visit. They are both looking good. Marie is Tim’s daughter and Juneau is his granddaughter.
When you look at some of the great ads that appear in Native Sun News Today consider the fact that a 17 year old high school student from Central High School named Dylan Deadrick designed the ads. He is the son of our business manager Christy Tibbitts and studied graphic design in high school. He works late afternoons and Saturday’s and never misses a day. We doff our hats to our young protégé.
Travis Dewes and Kirk Dickerson attended the reception held at the Prairie Edge for the Board of Directors of the Lakota Nation Invitation Tournament last week. Kirk says it was standing room only. The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce donated $5,000 to the LNI board. It is a miraculous change to see how attitudes have changed in the past few years in the way Native Americans are treated at the LNI. We recall the bad old days when their cars were stopped and ticketed for the slightest infraction. Longtime Tourney leader Bryan Brewer said on the Oyate Television that will air next week that he attributes it to the work done by Tim Giago and Governor George Mickelson when they put their heads together and came up with the Year of Reconciliation in 1990.
Anyhow, many of Rapid City’s business men and women turned out for the reception. Julie Jensen, representing the Visitor’s Center was there as was Linda Rabe of the Chamber of Commerce. The new arena should be ready for business in 2021 and that is where the LNI is headed.
We only wish Chuck Cuny was around to see how the small Indian tournament dreamed up by him and Bryan Brewer has evolved into such a major sports event. The LNI brings thousands of visitors to Rapid City each December.
The Black Hills Powwow, held in October and the LNI held in December do a lot for Rapid City after the tourist season has passed. They fill that winter void that existed before they arrived.
The LNI is a boon to Rapid City’s economy in several ways. First of all many of the visitors from Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Cheyenne River and the other reservations use their visit to the City to do their Christmas shopping. The Malls are filled with Native Americans purchasing Christmas presents for friends and family. They stay in the local motels, eat in the local restaurants and go to the local movies and other activities. Like we said, a real financial boon for Rapid City.
We hope all of you basketball fans come to Rapid City and enjoy the best basketball in the United States and do your shopping, enjoy your meals out and see a good movie. Doksa ake’.

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