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Lakota Nation Invitational

  • Lakota Nation Invitational
  • Lakota Nation Invitational
Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 (All day) to Saturday, December 16, 2023 (All day)
The Monument
The Monument
444 N. Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City, SD 57701

The Monument in Rapid City is proud to host this year's Lakota Nation Invitational!

From a very small start in 1976-78, the LNI has experienced many changes and grown immensely. The last 46 years have been filled with great memories and exciting games, including cultural and academic events with outstanding young men and women.

Each year, the Lakota Nation Invitational has grown. We are proud of all the young people who have given their best as they compete in honor of their schools, families, and respected nations from near and far. Their efforts are exceptional and our youth are the reason we all come together in the spirit of friendship and goodwill. The best athletes are here in basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, and countless other competitions!

We also have outstanding youth competing in the Lakota Language, Academic and Knowledge Bowls, as well as the Hand game Tournament, Art Show, Story Telling, E-Sports, and Business Competitions.

This year, we open our doors to all students nationally who wish to attend. In this our 45th year.  We will also honor our Veterans who have served our country in the military. From Athletics, Academics, Fine Arts, or in promoting our indigenous cultural traditions in honoring, we carry on the Lakota Nation Invitational spirit and there is something for everyone.

The countdown begins as we head into the next Lakota Nation Invitational season of fun and excitement. Who do you think will claim the titles this year? You may have already chosen your favorites but there will certainly be some surprises and upsets. And while we each have our favorite team, every student at the Lakota Nation Invitational is special to us. All our events are exciting and fun to watch - the excitement is building!

Can you already hear the roar of the crowd? Will the colors of your favorite team wave victory when it’s all said and done? The time is now and the message Lakota Nation Invitational wants to send to our Lakota Nation Invitational youth is to rise to the occasion and do your very best. We are proud of you for making positive choices in representing your respected schools, communities and the Lakota Nation Invitational Organization.

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