NBA All-star Kyrie Irving given “Little Mountain” name at naming ceremony last Thursday on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Published August 26, 2018
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION — With hundreds of Standing Rock Sioux Tribal citizens packed into the the Prairie Knights Pavilion at Cannonball, South Dakota, NBA all-star Kyrie Irving was honored in a naming ceremony on Thursday, August 23, 2018.
Wearing a ribbon-shirt and an eagle feather, an emotional Irving was given the name Little Mountain by a Standing Rock elder. Irving told the crowd he was only four-years-old, when his mother, Elizabeth Larson, who was a descedent of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe died.
Irving spoke emotionally about getting connected with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
“I’m with you forever,” he told the crowd. “This is family for life.”
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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. His 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, who is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. His great-grandfather is Moses Mountain and great-grandmother is Edith Morisette-Mountain.
Irving is now a member of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He 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 won a Olympic Gold Medal at 2016 summer games.
Kyrie Irving is an NBA All-Star now with the Boston Celtics
Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online. Previously, he served as editor of the Native News Network. He is a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.