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Shoni Schimmel, middle, an NCAA basketball player for Louisville, meets with members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe on Wednesday morning at the Community Center in Fort Thompson. (Luke Hagen/Daily Republic)

NCAA star inspires Crow Creek youth

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FORT THOMPSON -- Shoni Schimmel signed autographs, posed for pictures and re-lived basketball memories.

For the rest of this week in Fort Thompson, the starting guard for the Louisville women's basketball team is the biggest celebrity on the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation. But more importantly to her, she's a role model -- especially to American Indians.

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