RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Oglala Sioux tribal organizations will be allowed to take part in the annual Lakota Nation Invitational basketball tournament in Rapid City.
KOTA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1WnYa6n ) that the tribe’s education committee voted earlier to bar tribal organizations from taking part, in protest of a January incident in which beer was spilled on Native American children at a hockey game in Rapid City.
However, the Tribal Council voted this week to allow participation in the December event at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. It includes basketball games and academic challenges and serves as the base for family reunions for many American Indians.
The tribe last winter had pressed the tournament board to move the event out of Rapid City, but the board voted to stay put.