Standing Rock Reservation Basketball Team Receive Letter from President Obama

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STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION — The Solen Sioux boy’s basketball team had a cheerleader in the White House as they entered last Tuesday’s North Dakota regional boy’s basketball tournament.

Earlier in the day a letter, dated March 10, 2015, arrived from the White House signed by President Barack Obama. Here is the text of President Obama’s letter to the basketball team:

Dear Team:

As you enter the final stages of an impressive season, I want to send my warmest wishes.

I have been inspired by the talent and determination I’ve seen in young people across the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and I know that same drive has played a part in your success this season.

Your achievements reflect the importance of joining strengths and working toward a goal together. I hope you always remember the remarkable teamwork and dedication that brought you this far and draw from them in all you do in the future-both on and off the court.

I wish you the best tonight, and no matter what happens, I’m proud of you.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

The Solen Sioux beat Max High School by a score of 64 to 43 in North Dakota Class B regional tournament play. On Thursday, the team was lost to Shiloh Christian High School.

"Fulfilling their promise, the President and First Lady have lunch with youth from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Earlier in the day, the youth toured the White House and had meetings with the President and First Lady and other White House officials." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President and First Lady have lunch with youth from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at a restaurant in Washington, D.C.  in November, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama visited a group of Native youth on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation last June. A group of Native youth visited the White House in November and had lunch with President and First Lady Obama at a local pizzeria in Washington, D.C.

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