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:
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.
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.
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.