Tahnee Robinson (Shosone), a senior guard on the University of Nevada, Reno’s women’s basketball team, has made a name for herself on the court. She’s also helped her college and local Native communities come closer together.
Not only has she won several NCAA awards as a player, she often speaks with youth about her experiences. Last weekend, she stayed after the game and signed autographs.
Robinson was honored by the Native community in Reno last weekend, the Sparks Tribune reports, with an entire set of ceremonies during Reno’s game.
Robinson . . . received a Pendleton blanket from the Pyramid Lake Veteran’s and Warriors Association in honor of her community service with local Native Americans.
“It’s a tradition,” said Michelle McCauley, UNR intertribal higher education coordinator. “If someone is given one, then it means that they’ve done something very special. It’s a very high honor.”
The ceremony was a part of a celebration of local Native Americans in conjunction with the Wolf Pack women’s game against the New Mexico State University Aggies.
Finding camaraderie can be difficult for Native American students at UNR. There are only 173 self-identified Native American students out of 16,681 students at the school, according to McCauley.