As the Lakota Nation Invitational tournament has grown over the last forty years, so to has been its effect on the area's economy. From hotel reservations to retail and restaurant sales, the LNI infuses over $3.5 million annually into the local economy according to KOTA News. The event has also helped to establish strong ties within the community as the LNI has become a cultural expo for many Native Americans in surrounding states.
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For more information on the economy of the area, be sure to check out this Black Hills Knowledge Network resource page.