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Kolby KickingWoman 
Indian Country Today

It’s the penultimate month of the year and that means a couple things.

One, It’s Native American Heritage Month, so blessings to all my Indigenous people out there, not only for these 30 days but year round because we all know, every day is a good day to be Indigenous. And two, despite football being far from over, Indian Country’s first love is back.

Of course, I’m talking about basketball.

Tuesday was the big showcase to start off the 2021-22 season and as has been recent tradition, it started with a marquee matchup of blue blood schools; Kansas vs Michigan State and Duke vs Kentucky.

Year in and year out, it’s crazy to see these schools reload with freshman superstar talent.

While the marathon to March has only just begun, we’ll have plenty of time to chat about the big schools and I have a favor to ask.

I know there are a lot of Native hoopers out there who deserve some spotlight for what they do on the court.

Every couple weeks, either in this column or possibly a feature story, it’d be great to share their stories.

In Indian Country, basketball is more than a sport, it’s a way of life.

From all levels, high school to Division-III to NAIA, when you see a Native hooper doin’ his or her thing, send me a note at kkickingwoman@indiancountrytoday.com and help me give them a little time in the spotlight.

Speaking of a little spotlight, Haskell Indian Nations University men’s team is 1-3 and the women are 3-5 on the young season.

Random thoughts — the fight game

I don’t how Dana White and the UFC keep doing it but week after week, there’s another great fight.

Last weekend’s UFC 268 main card was nothing short of spectacular. I mean, the first fight between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler was arguably the best of the night.

Don’t worry though, this weekend is a free-to-watch event and with a start time of 4 p.m. ET, you don’t have to stay up late to watch the fireworks. I suggest you tune-in.

In the boxing world, Canelo Alvarez continued his dominance and continued to prove that he is the sport’s biggest star with his TKO of Caleb Plant. Hard to see anyone taking him down any time soon.

While we’re on the subject of fighting, which sport fake fights more, basketball or baseball?

There was a lot of hubbub after Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets committed a hard foul on Miami Heat’s Markieff Morris earlier in the week. 

A lot of “meet me in the back” chatter but ultimately, nothing came from it. The best part had to be Jokic’s brothers creating a Twitter account just to clap back at players who were after their MVP brother.

Some things you truly cannot make up.

Until next time! 

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