Celtics star Kyrie Irving takes part in naming ceremony with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota


Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving was given the name “Little Mountain,” and his sister, Asia, was given the name “Buffalo Woman” on Thursday as part of a naming ceremony from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.

Irving's late mother was a member of the tribe’s White Mountain family, which was part of its Bear Soldier District. She was adopted out of the tribe as a child and died in 1996.

Irving’s grandmother, great-grandmother and great-grandfather were also members of the tribe.

"We could not be more excited, he has made us all very proud," tribe chairman Mike Faith said in a statement. "To know that he has not forgotten his roots and is taking the time before he starts his basketball season to visit the people, his people, shows that Kyrie has great character and pride in his heritage."

Irving has a tattoo of the tribe's logo on his neck and honored both his mother and the tribe with the recent release of his Kyrie 4 Nike N7s, which features the tribe's seal.

Irving approached Nike about the seal being incorporated into the shoe to pay tribute to his mother and the Standing Rock Sioux community.

Back in 2016, Irving took to social media to lend his support to supporters and protestors at Standing Rock during the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations.

"My prayers and thoughts are with everyone protesting at Standing Rock, I am with you all. #NoDAPL Defend the Sacred," he wrote on Twitter.

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