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NWIC to host tribal colleges national basketball tournament

The Northwest Indian College men’s basketball team celebrates winning the American Indian Higher Education Consortium National Basketball Tournament title in 2012. NWIC will host this tournament for the first time in March.
The Northwest Indian College men’s basketball team celebrates winning the American Indian Higher Education Consortium National Basketball Tournament title in 2012. NWIC will host this tournament for the first time in March. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Northwest Indian College announced in a press release that it has been selected to host the annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium National Basketball Tournament March 2-6 on the Lummi Reservation. It will be the college’s first time hosting the tournament.

Approximately 10 Tribal Colleges and Universities from across the nation will send men’s and women’s teams to play in games that will be held at Lummi Nation School, the Lummi Youth Wellness Center gym and McKenzie Gym.

“The AIHEC National Basketball Tournament is like our version of the NCAA March Madness.” NWIC President Justin Guillory said in the release. “The tournament, however, represents more than just basketball or sports in general. It provides an opportunity to bring the community together and for student-athletes to build lasting memories and friendships while representing their institutions and Tribal Nations in a positive way.”

The NWIC men won national titles at the tournament in 2012 and 2013.

The tournament also will feature award-winning Canadian First Nations singer, performer and motivational speaker Inez Jasper, who was featured on MTV’s series “Native America: 7th Generation Rises.” Jasper will perform at 7 p.m. March 4 at Lummi Nation School.

Daily tickets for the tournament will cost $5 for adults and $3 for elders (55 and older) and children (12 and younger), while four-day tournament passes will cost $20 for adults and $10 for elders and children. More information can be found at nwic.edu/life-on-campus/athletics/.

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