“Work hard, be dedicated, develop a thick skin, but most of all, do it yourself.”
-SuAnne Big Crow
Near the Badlands, on the Great Plains of South Dakota, exists the legendary Lakota Nation. This is the story of their hero SuAnne Big Crow, one of the best high-school basketball players in history. It is the tale of hope in a hopeless land, The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. And it is a myth, where medicine men believe a young girl was sent to do something great for her people.
The year is 1988 and SuAnne is using basketball to get her message across. She makes the winning shot at the State Championship, while preaching how to save their dying culture. She unites a divided tribe. People stop abusing drugs in her honor. But in the vein of other fallen heroes, she dies tragically young, crashing while driving to accept the Miss Basketball Award.
The film returns 25 years later to Pine Ridge High for the basketball season. SuAnne Big Crow has become a household name. The kids who weren’t born yet look up to her. Cameras follow the ‘Lady Thorpes’ for the season. Tradition continues as Coach and cousin Laura Big Crow push the girls to State. At a time when Lakota heroes ceased to exist, SuAnne gave hope for a better way. On the Rez and on the court, everybody’s looking for the next SuAnne.
As Chick Big Crow, SuAnne’s mother says, “SuAnne was here for a little while, but she was here for a reason.”