54th Annual All-Indian Basketball Tournament
54th Annual All-Indian Basketball Tournament Royalty.
The 54th Annual All Indian Basketball Tournament brought teams from around Indian Country together for a weekend of friendly competition and fun. As is traditional, local young women compete for tournament royalty positions by fundraising in the community. The proceeds help pay tournament expenses. From left to right: 2015 Little Princess Tylie McKinnon, 2015 Queen Karen Lewis, 2015 Princess Ivy Lamebear./Photos by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune.
The 54th Annual Hoopa All-Indian Basketball Tournament was dedicated to Melbourne Duane Miller Sr. Miller was honored for his lifetime of dedicated service to sports and youth in the Hoopa community. His wife, daughter and grandson accepted his award on Friday night during the opening ceremony of the tournament.
3 Tribes, a basketball team comprised of mostly local men from the Hoopa, Yurok and Karuk Tribes, defeated defending Hoopa All-Indian Basketball Tournament champions Dry Creek. The team plans to travel to Chiloquin, Oregon this coming weekend to “continue their rein of tenacious defense and excellent teamwork.”/Photo courtesy of Jason Reed, 3 Tribes.
Clarence “Sling-Shot” Lewis was inducted into the tournament’s hall of fame. Lewis achieved many sports awards throughout his lifetime. In 1976 Lewis broke a track and field event record by running the one-mile event in four minutes and 16 seconds. He still holds the record today and challenges young athletes to break it. In 1986, during the All-Indian Basketball Tournament, Lewis sent the crowd roaring to their feet by sinking every shot he took scoring a total of 65 points in one game. He is shown here with his niece, Karen Lewis, who was crowned the 2015 All-Indian Basketball Tournament Queen.
Angel Muro earned the title of first runner up in the highly coveted queen competition at the tournament. Muro is a senior at Hoopa Valley High. She aspires to go to college and become a professional photographer.