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Kyrie Irving to be honored by Sioux tribe in ‘homecoming’ ceremony

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Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, who has Native American roots on his mother’s side, is scheduled to be honored by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota Thursday.

The tribe is referring to the event as a “homecoming” for Irving, and it will include a naming ceremony and performances. Irving’s mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson Irving, was a member of the tribe’s White Mountain family, which was part of its Bear Soldier District on the South Dakota side of the reservation. She was adopted out of the tribe as a child and died in 1996.


According to the tribe, Irving’s grandmother Meredith Marie Mountain, great-grandfather Moses Mountain and great-grandmother Edith Morisette-Mountain also were members.

“We could not be more excited; he has made us all very proud,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Mike Faith. “To know that he has not forgotten his roots and is taking the time before he starts his basketball season to visit the People, his People, shows that Kyrie has great character and pride in his heritage.”

Irving has a tattoo of the tribe’s logo on the back of his neck, and his Nike N7 shoe that was released this summer has the logo on the heel and the insole of the sneaker.

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