Native American institutions meet for event at Mvskoke Dome

Native American institutions meet for event at Mvskoke Dome
(Darren DeLaune/Reporter) The Haskell Indian Nations University ladies basketball team squared off against the Bacone College Lady Warriors, Nov. 26 in the first sanctioned event for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Mvskoke Dome in Okmulgee.

Ladies basketball game held as first sanctioned event

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A historic night was made as two Native American higher education establishments and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation presented the first sanctioned event to ever be held at the Mvskoke Dome.

Bacone College and Haskell Indian Nations University faced off for a ladies basketball game, Nov. 26 at the MCN Mvskoke Dome.

MCN Tourism and Recreation, Recreation Director, Philip Agee said that BC reached out to him to have an event there.

“Being Native American Month, everything seemed to kind of fall into place,” he said. “We made it happen.”

Both institutions boast a history rich in Native culture.

BC is Oklahoma’s oldest continuing center of higher education and HINU began as a school for elementary age children. Both began in the 1800’s and both institutions have a predominantly Native American student population.

First-year BC ladies basketball coach Galen Springer is no stranger to HINU having previously coached there for numerous years.

“It is a great opportunity, I actually coached at Haskell (Indian Nations University), Springer said.

Springer felt having HINU and BC at the Mvskoke Dome was wonderful for both tribes and fans.

“Haskell alumni, Bacone Alumni, it is an honor to be coaching against my alma mater,” Springer said.

HINU ladies head coach Shane Flanagan noticed that it is different when they are not the only historic Native institution involved.

“Being the head coach at Haskell, these games don’t come around very often,” he said. “Where we can come down and play Bacone to play another Native team.”

He said his team was excited to be a part of this night.

“It is to showcase the Native athlete,” Flanagan said.

Flanagan hopes for more games at the Mvskoke Dome with Bacone because he knows it is a good recruiting tool for potential basketball players.

“I need to get more Oklahoma girls up to Lawrence (Kansas),” he said. “They just got to be KU (University of Kansas) fans.”

For MCNTR the efforts made to improve the Mvskoke Dome with the stadium seats and hardwood gym floor are justified when events like this are made.

“This is the reason that we made the changes when we did,” Agee said.

With relentless pressure from HINU’s defense and constant fast break, the Haskell Lady Fighting Indians handled their opponents from Oklahoma with ease as they took the 101-51 victory over the Bacone Lady Warriors.

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