Hundreds of high school students appear in court for Striking Eagle Native American Invitational: UNM Newsroom


The tournament will start on Tuesday, December 28.

The nation’s largest Native American high school basketball tournament returns once again to the University of New Mexico – the Striking Eagle Native American Invitational (SENAI) celebrates its 10th annual event in late December.

The three-day tournament, featuring 56 teams from New Mexico, Utah and Colorado, will be held at the Johnson Center starting Tuesday, December 28.

“On behalf of the Society of Native American Graduates at the University of New Mexico, the Striking Eagle Circle, and the UNM College of Education and Human Sciences (COEHS), we would like everyone here to encourage these student-athletes. and participate in whatever educational opportunities we have available, ”said Shawn Secatero, Associate Professor at COEHS.

Each year, the SENAI event attracts over 5,000 spectators, 800 Indigenous students and 150 volunteers. The tournament will also feature educational workshops, an art exhibit, college, career and health fair, and Indigenous cultural activities – included in admission prices.

Entry fee :

  • $ 25.00 | three-day tournament pass
  • $ 10 for adults, $ 5 for students and seniors | daily entry

Free parking will be available in Lot “A” located southeast of the Johnson Center. Large bags and handbags will not be permitted and masks will be required at this indoor event.


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