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Tahnee Robinson - Shoshone
UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT - Tahnee Robinson made her WNBA professional debut in a pre-season exhibition game for the Connecticut Sun Thursday night. Robinson is the first American Indian to be drafted in the WBNA.
Robinson grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Her mother is Pawnee and Shoshone; her father is Northern Cheyenne and Sioux. Robinson is under a two-year contract with Nike to be a part of their Air Native N7 campaign.
Robinson was drafted 31st out of Nevada by the Phoenix Mercury and traded to the Connecticut Sun on April 11. The 23-year old is a role model for American Indian youth throughout Indian Country. Robinson is reported to have a good chance to make the team. There are two more exhibition games left.
Thursday night, the Connecticut Sun defeated the China National Team in exhibition play at the Mohegan Sun Arena 101-63.
posted May 20, 2011 8:58 am et
revised May 23, 2011 2:59 pm et
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I'm almost positive she is not the first native american female to play for WNBA. Reyneldi Becenti, Navajo, who graduated from ASU in the 90's, played...
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