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Arikara Student Athlete Named Mr. Basketball, Athlete of the Year in North Dakota


March 23, 2021

Jesse White, Arikara, of White Shield, N.D. has been chosen as North Dakota's Mr. Basketball. (Courtesy Dawn White)

MINOT, N.D. - A member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) was chosen by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NDAPSSA) as both athlete of the year and North Dakota's Mr. Basketball. Jesse White, 18, of White Shield, N.D. is Arikara and was the lone Native student athlete to be considered for Mr. Basketball among five finalists.

"It's a great blessing, it feels good," White told Native News Online. "This is definitely for my family, for my people from my reservation. This is to show any kids from any reservation that if you put your mind to anything you can do it."

Mr. Basketball is awarded annually to the state's top high school senior, according to NDAPSSA's website.


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