The Osage Nation is one of several Oklahoma tribes to be honored during the Tulsa Shock’s annual Native American Heritage Night on Friday July 15.
The WNBA team hosts the Los Angeles Sparks for a 7 p.m. home game that night.
For the second season in its two-year existence the WNBA basketball team is continuing its tradition of honoring the region’s Native tribes. There are 39 federally recognized Native American tribes headquartered in Oklahoma.
Group ticket sales are available for Friday’s game at the BOK Center in Tulsa. Prices are: $10 a ticket for a group of 10 people and general admission tickets are $12 per person.
Keith Roberson, an account executive for the Tulsa Shock, said hosting a Native American Night is the organization’s way of recognizing various peoples in its community.
“It’s a little bit of everybody kind of showing unity,” Roberson said.
Roberson said last year only a handful of tribes were selected for the event but this year the team wanted to include all Native tribes.
There will be small ceremony honoring some tribes just before the tip off. Then, at halftime, more tribes will be honored and an exhibition dance will take place.
Roberson said the organization would especially like to honor the Osage Nation, as it is one of three top sponsors of the organization.
He said the organization works closely with the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa and has already collaborated with the casino on a couple of community events. The Nation has not yet said who will represent the people at the event.
For more information on the Tulsa Shock, visit the team’s Web site at: www.wnba.com/shock/
For ticket and venue information, the BOK Center’s Web site is at: http://www.bokcenter.com/