Kyrie Irving was honored today at a homecoming event for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. During the ceremony was a naming event where Irving, and his sister Asia, received tribal names (“Little Mountain” and “Buffalo women”).
Among those to watch the ceremony was another Kyrie Irving, a nine-year-old tribe member who was named after the Celtics star. When the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps asked Tracy, his father why he named his son after Irving, he got this: “Just the way he played. He plays different. He plays a lot like a Native American.”
My prayers and thoughts are with everyone protesting at Standing Rock, I am with you all. #NoDAPL Defend the Sacred.— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) November 22, 2016
For those unfamiliar with the story, Elizabeth Irving, the late mother of Kyrie was apart of the White Mountain family of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe as was his grandmother, Meredith Marie Mountain, who is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe today. Irving has long been a supporter fo the tribe, voicing his opinion regarding the #NoDAPL event.
As the tribe notes, “Kyrie has long known about his heritage and connection to the Standing Sioux Tribe and was an active supporter of the NoDAPL [Dakota Access Pipeline protests] movement, Kyrie recently released a Nike N7 shoe, that he designed, to honor the water, the Standing Sioux Tribe, and his late mother.”
After the crushing news of Irving’s injury last spring, he posted a long message on his instagram page towards the fans, but also a nod to the tribe which included a picture of the Sioux tribe tattoo that he has on the back of his neck.
The hardest thing to do sometimes is accept the uncontrollable things life throws at you. You try consistently to learn, grow, and prepare everyday to equip your mind, body, and spirit with tools to deal with some of those things, but I feel when those moments arise they all give you a sense of unfulfillment, simply because it puts some of your professional journey and goals on a brief hold. It's simply a test of your perseverance and Will, to be present, even in the wake of what's going on. In this case, finding out I have an infection in my knee is definitely a moment that I now accept and move past without holding on to the all the what ifs, proving the nay-Sayers completely f***ing wrong, and accomplishing the goals I've set out for the team and myself. This season was only a snapshot of what's to come from me. Trust Me. "The journey back to the top of Mt. Everest continues." #StandingRockSiouxTribe Let's go Celtics!! Celtics fans, I look forward to hearing how loud it gets in the TD Garden during the playoffs and experiencing how intense the environment gets. Thank you all!
Irving will now continue developing his roots with the tribe and follow in the footsteps of his family before him.