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Fri April 22, 2011
Eastern Shoshone Tribal Member Drafted To WNBA
By Tristan Ahtone
LARAMIE, wyo – Wyoming Native Tahnee Robinson has become two firsts for the state: first Wyomingite drafted to the W-N-B-A, and first Native American picked to play.
The Fort Washakie Native was an All-Stater at Lander High School joined the Wyoming Cowgirls before transferring to Sheridan and receiving All-America honors from the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association. She later averaged 22 points in her senior season at Nevada and was a finalist for the Sullivan Award for the nation's top amateur athlete. She'll be playing for the Connecticut Suns.
Robinson says the move from Wyoming to Nevada, was the best she could have made.
"I mean, if I stayed at Wyoming, I don't know where I'd be," says Robinson. "I'm sure I'd be a good basketball player, would I be in the WNBA? I'm not really sure. That has no reflection on the coaches or what they've done with that program because they've definitely done an amazing job but I feel like the transfer from Wyoming to Sheridan, from Sheridan to Nevada was probably the best thing for me."
In the meantime, Robinson says she's continued working out 2 to 3 times a day, and has begun talking with Nike to design a new set of N7 basketball shoes - shoes specially designed for Native American and Aboriginal athletes.