By JAMES KELLEY
Pima Community College will host a basketball festival March 18-19 featuring teams from eight Native American tribes.
The tournament will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Aztec Gymnasium at the West Campus.
The Battle of Nations will feature teams from the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, White Mountain Apache Tribe, Camp Verde Apache, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Yavapai, Ha:san Preparatory and Leadership School and the Navajo Nation.
On Friday at 6 p.m., Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup and Chairman Ned Norris Jr. of the Tohono O’odham Nation will speak, followed by an hour of Native entertainment.
Apache Crown dancers will perform on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and there will be Native food.
Nike, Grand Canyon University, University of Arizona Native Alumni, Pima Community College and Tohono O’odham Community College will have informational booths.
Two $500 half-court challenges will take place Saturday night.