MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL- The Minnesota Lynx will celebrate Native American Heritage Night, presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and the Prairie Island Indian Community, on Thursday, July 14. Minnesota hosts the Dallas Wings at Target Center with a warning scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
The annual night celebrates the Native American community and shines a light on the Prairie Indian community, building their heritage and sharing stories of culture and traditions. The evening will include both entertainment and service recognition.
“Our partnership with Treasure Island Resort & Casino is one we are very proud of,” said Carley Knox, President of Business Operations, Lynx. “Together, we are committed to uplifting marginalized communities and sharing stories of inclusion that celebrate diversity. It’s always a special night for our organization and the Native American community.
Before the denunciation, fans can watch members of the Prairie Island Indian community perform their Flag Song. Singers and dancers will also perform at halftime.
Jessie Stomski Seim is a registered citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and will be recognized as an Inspirational Woman, as part of the Lynx Inspiring Women series. The season-long program spotlights women who are making a difference in the community. Stomski Seim served on the 2022 NCAA Women’s Final Four Committee and the Fairness Assurance Committee, playing a vital role in raising awareness of the low number of Native American scholarship athletes – less than 1% of all students – NCAA athletes are Native American. Throughout the Final Four, Stomski Seim and the Indigenous Athletics Advancement Council (IAAC) organized various efforts to raise awareness of this issue. The IAAC brought more than 200 youth and families to games each day, hosted a clinic at the Minneapolis American Indian Center in south Minneapolis, created in-game educational experiences, and trained Division I coaches on Native American communities. The IAAC and Stomski Seim continue to advocate for Indigenous athletes across the United States.
Since 2015, Stomski Seim has served as General Counsel for the Prairie Island Indian Community, where she oversees legal and government relations for the tribe and its entities. Prior to this, Stomski Seim represented various tribes and corporate clients across the country in private practice. She stood out on the University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s basketball team (1998-2002) and was drafted by the Charlotte Sting in the 2002 WNBA draft. She also completed seasons abroad in France and Greece before attending law school. She was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020. Stomski Seim served three terms on the board of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, was named in-house counsel of the year by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine in 2019 and was the recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 under 40 Award in 2015.
As the elected former tribal leader of the Prairie Island Indian community, Lu Taylor will be recognized at the evening game. Taylor served the Prairie Island community for 10 terms and was the first LGBTQIA+ person to hold this position.
During her tenure, Taylor fought for many issues on behalf of the community and was a strong advocate for the protection of Indigenous children and victims of abuse. Through his leadership, Prairie Island became one of the first tribes in the nation to expressly legalize same-sex marriage.
Last fall, the Timberwolves and Lynx, in partnership with Treasure Island Resort & Casino, unveiled a renovated outdoor courtyard for the Prairie Island Indian community in Welch, Minnesota.
Tickets for tomorrow’s match are available at www.lynxbasketball.com/tickets.
About Treasure Island Resort & Casino
The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Mount Frontenac Golf Course and Dakota Resort. Treasure Island is Southern Minnesota’s only casino located on the Mississippi River. The property features over 2,200 slot machines, 44 table games, a poker room, and a newly renovated 500-seat high-stakes bingo room. The 788-room Treasure Island hotel, which includes the Wolf Tower, is Minnesota’s second-largest hotel. Additional amenities include The Lagoon indoor water park, Wave Spa, Island Xtreme Bowl, Cyber Quest arcade, Kids Quest daycare, various restaurants, 16,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, events center and indoor convention center with 2,800 seats, a marina with 137 seats. , a 95-site motorhome park and a 100-passenger yacht. For more information, visit TIcasino.com.