Kyrie Irving to be honored Aug. 23 by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
FORT YATES, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is proud to announce the homecoming of Kyrie Irving on August 23 at the Prairie Knights Pavilion.
The celebration will begin at 9 a.m. and will include a naming ceremony, performances and a community feed.
Kyrie Irving is a professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Irving was named the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft and became a NBA Champion in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving is an Olympic Gold Medalist having won a medal in the summer games of 2016. In addition to basketball, Kyrie is an actor, designer and father.
The family connection to Irving comes from the White Mountain family (also known as Mountain) of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The White Mountain family comes from the Bear Soldier District, on the South Dakota side of the reservation.
Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, was adopted out of the Tribe when she was a child. Irving’s grandmother is the late Meredith Marie Mountain, a former citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. His great-grandfather is Moses Mountain and great-grandmother is Edith Morisette-Mountain.
Irving has long known about his heritage and connection to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and was an active supporter of the NoDAPL movement. He recently released a Nike N7 shoe that he designed to honor the water, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and his late mother.
Additionally, Irving has a tattoo of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal logo on the back of his neck. He is very proud to be Lakota and to be from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith stated, “We could not be more excited, he has made us all very proud. To know that he has not forgotten his roots and is taking the time before he starts his basketball season to visit the People, his People, shows that Kyrie has great character and pride in his heritage.”
On Oct. 15, Hung A Lel Ti Chairman Irvin Jim Jr. spoke at the dedication of a five-mile stretch of Highway 88 from the California state line in Alpine County to veterans of the Vietnam War.