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Stand­ing on a bi­son pelt, Bos­ton Celtics star Kyrie Irv­ing was smudged with sa­cred grasses, pre­sented with tra­di­tional quilts and ea­gle feath­ers and given a Lakota name that means “Lit­tle Moun­tain” as he was wel­comed Thurs­day into his mother’s Stand­ing Rock Sioux tribe.

The all-star guard and his sis­ter, model Asia Irv­ing, vis­ited the tribe’s reser­va­tion that strad­dles the North Dakota-South Dakota bor­der for a day­long cel­e­bra­tion rec­og­niz­ing their tribal her­itage and sup­port for the tribe’s long battle against the Dakota Ac­cess oil pipe­line. The Irv­ings’ late mother, El­iz­a­beth Ann Lar­son, was a mem­ber of the tribe and lived on the reser­va­tion un­til her adop­tion at a young age.

“This is fi­nally meet­ing my mom’s family in their home . ... This is family for me now,” Kyrie Irv­ing said, call­ing it “a very special day.”

Kyrie Irv­ing

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