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Kyrie Irving of the Celtics received the name "Little Mountain" from Standing Rock Sioux



In recent years Kyrie Irving has begun to assign his lineage to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The Boston Celtics Post Guardsman has been supporting the tribe, making significant financial donations, releasing a shoe with the tribal logo, and even tattooing the same logo on his neck.

On Thursday, Irving, along with his older sister, were officially inducted into the tribe at Cannon Ball, North Dakota by naming.

During the traditional ceremony where Irving stood on a buffalo skin while wearing a tribal robe and was prayed by an elder, he learned his Lakota name, "Little Mountain."

It seems a fitting name to be the Celtics Guardian, who is not the greatest star in stature but is a formidable force on the court.

Irving and the Standing Rock Sioux have been working for some time to arrange a homecoming. It finally happened this week, and it was an event for both sides. Around 1

,000 people came to the ceremony, many of whom wore Irving's gear (including his Standing Rock sneakers) and greeted him at the place his relatives called home.

Here's a little backstory of Irving's Indian heritage about ESPN.

Irving's mother, Elizabeth Larson, was a descendant of Standing Rock Sioux, but was adopted as a small child. Irving, whose mother died when he was 4, knew his lineage and is now beginning to accept it.

He baffled members of the tribe in 2016 when he said in an interview with ESPN that his mother was a member. This prompted the elders to identify a lineage and they found his grandparents and great-grandparents from the White Mountain family on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota.

Do not be surprised if "Little Mountain" becomes part of Irving brand moves forward. It just seems to be right.


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