Boston Celtics star player Kyrie Irving will visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Dakota in the United States of America (USA)
This was revealed by National Basketball Association (NBA) website with the new campaign scheduled to start in October 2018.
Irving, who is a five-time NBA All-Star, is expected to visit the Indian Reservation, where his late mother was once part of the tribe.
It is the sixth-largest Native American reservation in land area in USA and it includes all of Sioux County, North Dakota, and all of Corson County, South Dakota, plus slivers of northern Dewey and Ziebach counties in South Dakota, along their northern county lines at Highway 20.
The NBA released the following statement on their website:
“Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is set to visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where his late mother was once part of the tribe.”
“The Rapid City Journal reports that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will hold a ceremony for Irving on Thursday in honor of his first visit to the reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.”
“Irving's late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, left the tribe after her adoption as a child.”
“The tribe says Irving supported the Dakota Access pipeline protests that attracted thousands of demonstrators just outside the reservation.”
“Irving recently released a version of his basketball shoes with a Standing Rock seal on the heels.”
Irving won an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 having been named the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2014.
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