In Wyoming, Basketball Drives Reservation's Pride

Matt Joyce, Writer, ETHETE, Wyo. (AP) - High school basketball is king on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. The Chiefs have built one of Wyoming's most successful high school basketball teams, and are the pride of a community beset by poverty, alcoholism and related social ills.

The team won the state 2A championship last March, its seventh state title. Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris says Native Americans are very community oriented, and basketball is just another reason for the community to come together.

In fact, basketball is popular across Indian Country in North America, but for all of Wyoming Indian's success, there haven't been commensurate collegiate opportunities. Ferris says he's trying to change the mindset that college isn't something the players are capable of achieving.

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