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Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Brittany Brownotter currently stars on the North Dakota State University cross-country team.

7 Athletes You Should Know From the Great Sioux Nation

Cary Rosenbaum

It’s far bigger than a battle over a NCAA school’s logo now on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. A fight over clean water has brought together indigenous people from across the world to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Perhaps no tribe is affected more than the Standing Rock themselves. But for the first time since they took down Custer, the seven great Sioux Nations have joined in solidarity.

With that said, we think it’s time to highlight some of their brightest sports stars.

Jaye Two Bears - University Wisconsin-Milwaukee Athletics, basketball

Two Bears (left) looks like Shoni Schimmel on the court, which may be why two Division I coaches from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin came a knocking when she was in high school. They finalized the visitations with a commitment and a couple of traditional star quilts.

Ashylnn Ward, Standing Rock Sioux, volleyball

This Montana State-Billings athlete was named her conference’s volleyball player of the week in September. She’s a senior outside hitter who is rising higher and higher in the school’s all-time record book for kills.

Shauna Long, Standing Rock Sioux, basketball

She was Lamar University’s third all-time career three-point shooter. Prior to that, Long, the second all-time leading scorer in North Dakota girls high school basketball history, made the national spotlight as one of Sports Illustrated’s Faces of the Crowd in 2011. She now works for N7.

Lauren Schad, Cheyenne River Sioux, volleyball

Lauren Schad is a senior this year for the University of San Diego, where she’ll look to lead them to a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. - Photo: Courtesy Brock Scott, USD Athletics

At 6-foot-2, this San Diego middle blocker stands out in a crowd. She’s also a standout on the volleyball court, where she led her team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.

Solomon St. Pierre, Yankton Sioux, football

One of the biggest names in football in Indian country, St. Pierre was invited to the San Diego Chargers’ mini-camp this year. The defensive back was the University of Sioux Falls’ first ever finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award in NCAA Division II competition.

MorningRose Tobey, Assiniboine Sioux, basketball

MorningRose Tobey - Photo: Nevada State Athletics

This electric sophomore guard for Nevada could become Indian country’s next household name in college basketball. Tobey has brought rez swagger to NCAA Division I as a sniper from 3-point range who makes plays on both ends of the floor.

Cary Rosenbaum (Colville) is a correspondent and columnist for Indian Country Today. Follow him on Twitter: @caryrosenbaum


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