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“Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists”

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Left: Fritz Scholder (Luiseño), Artist at Forty as a Buffalo, 1977, color lithograph on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Adelyn D. Breeskin, 1977.96
George Catlin, Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie, 1832-1833, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.404
Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (Confederated Slaish and Kootenai), Untitled, from the portfolio Indian Self-Rule,1983, color lithograph on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Institute of the American West © Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

Published October 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the opening of the “Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists.

In the nineteenth century, American bison (commonly called the buffalo) thundered across the Great Plains of the American West in the millions. They symbolized the abundance of the land, and for centuries played a vital role in the lives of Native Americans, providing sustenance and spiritual nourishment. Wild and majestic, revered and hunted, buffalo have long captured the popular imagination, and their iconic images figure prominently in America’s art. “Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists” considers the representation of the American buffalo from two perspectives: a selection of paintings by George Catlin (1796–1872) and works by modern Native artists Woody Crumbo, Paul Goodbear, Allan Houser, Julián Martínez, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Fritz Scholder, Awa Tsireh, Thomas Vigil and Beatien Yazz. In the 1830s, Catlin journeyed west five times to record, as he called it, the “manners and customs” of Native cultures, painting scenes and portraits from life. His ambitious project was largely fueled by the fear that American Indians, the great buffalo herds and a way of life would one day vanish. The 20th-century sculpture and works on paper included in this installation advance a narrative reassuringly different from Catlin’s: one of vibrance and continuity. With an innovative use of line, form and color, each work affirms both tribal presence and the enduring importance of the buffalo to American Indian cultures. All 45 works on view are from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition is on view Oct. 11 to April 12, 2020. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. Follow the museum on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website:

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Another Mine Spills into Animas River

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Navajo Times File Photo
The Animas River, contaminated by an orange-colored wastewater, flows into the San Juan River in this Aug. 2015 file photo.

Published October 13, 2019

WINDOW ROCK — Another mine has released wastewater into the Animas River.

Both the New Mexico Environment Department and the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management reported today that they were notified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a wastewater spill from the Silver Wing Mine in the area of Eureka Gulch, north of Silverton, Colorado, which occurred Wednesday afternoon.

According to the San Juan OEM, the spill was the result of a “burp” from the mine and is unrelated to either the Gold King Mine or the Bonita Peak Superfund site.

The source is 10 miles from the Animas River and the spill was expected to dilute by the time it reached Silverton. The spill was moving slowly and was expected to reach the San Juan River.

So far, “Data do not currently indicate any evidence of water quality impacts that could affect human health and the environment,” stated NMED in a press release, adding that the department will continue to monitor the situation.

Although the EPA has not issued a notice to close municipal drinking water supplies, the cities of Farmington and Aztec, New Mexico and the Lower Valley Water Users Association have shut off water intakes to municipal drinking water supplies “out of an abundance of caution.”

Neither the volume of the spill nor the contents of the water were known as of 4 p.m. Thursday. EPA officials were conducting tests to learn more.

Yolanda Barney, program manager for the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency’s Public Water Supply Program, said Thursday NNEPA is aware of spill and is still gathering information.

Sources in Durango, Colorado, reported Thursday the river appears normal.

In 2015, a breach in the abandoned Gold King Mine near Silverton released three million gallons of wastewater into the Animas, causing the river to run orange and closing irrigation canals on the Navajo Nation.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved. 

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14th Annual Cherokee Art Market recognizes Caddo Nation Citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles with Best of Show Award

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Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles was awarded Best of Show at the 14th annual Cherokee Art Market for his contemporary pottery piece “Kee-wat: Caddo Home.” (L-R) Council of the Cherokee Nation Speaker Joe Byrd, Caddo Nation artist Chase Kahwinhut Earles and Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner.

Published October 13, 2019

Market open to the public Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TULSA, Okla. – The 14th annual Cherokee Art Market kicked off Friday evening with an awards reception recognizing Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles with the Best of Show Award for “Kee-wat: Caddo Home.”

The contemporary pottery piece showcases Caddo culture through its design, which includes grass houses, arbors and a long cypress dug-out canoe surrounded by the symbol for water rolling and the cycle of life. The clay pot was hand coiled, kiln fired and pine needle smoked.

The Cherokee Art Market runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features more than 150 elite Native American artists representing 50 tribes. Art forms include beadwork, pottery, painting, basketry, sculptures and textiles.

With nearly 60 winners in eight classes, the following highlights the 14th annual Best of Class winners:

Class 1 – Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

Tony Tiger, Sac and Fox/Seminole Nation/Muscogee Creek Nation, “Yellow Earth People”

Class 2 – Sculpture

Troy Jackson, Cherokee Nation, “The Passing of a Generation”

Class 3 – Beadwork/Quillwork

Ken Williams Jr., Northern Arapaho/Seneca, “Photoshoot: Pose- Mabel, a Comanche Beauty”

“Kee-wat: Caddo Home” by Caddo Nation citizen Chase Kahwinhut Earles.

Class 4 – Basketry

David McElroy, Choctaw Nation, “The Gift of the Deer to the Cherokee”

Class 5 – Pottery

Chase Kahwinhut Earles, Caddo Nation, “Kee-wat: Caddo Home”

Class 6 – Textiles B

Karen Berry, Cherokee Nation, “Ebb and Flow”

Class 7 – Jewelry

Peter Nez Nelson, Navajo Nation, “Separation of Seasons”

Class 8 – Diverse Art Forms

Glenda McKay, Ingalik-Athabascan, “Seal Harpoon & Sheath”

Additionally, Tyra Shackleford earned the Culture Keeper Award for “Raven.” The Innovator Award went to Rae Minoka Skenandore for “Birds Nest,” and Carrie Lind earned the Anna Mitchell Award for “Che.”

For a complete list of winners from the 14th annual Cherokee Art Market, please visit

A variety of cultural demonstrations and performances are offered throughout the weekend including:

Sunday, Oct. 13

11 am – Clay Sculpture, Clancy Gray, Osage Nation
12 pm – Weaving, Tyra Shackleford, Chickasaw Nation
1 pm – Tufa Casting Jewelry, Ira Custer, Navajo Nation
2 pm – Native Fashion, Leslie Deer, Muscogee Creek Nation
3 pm – Stone Sculpture, Cliff Fragua, Jemez Pueblo

For more information please visit

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Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds Donates $20,000 for Suicide Prevention

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Published October 13, 2019

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds Casinos are pleased to announce that its employees made a $20,000 donation to the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition. The check was presented to the organization on Thursday, October 10.

Throughout the month of September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month, Four Winds Casinos held events to raise money and awareness for the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition. This included selling bracelets at the Hard Rock Café inside Four Winds New Buffalo, and a Dunk Tank in which Four Winds Casinos employees attempted to dunk 20 members of the Four Winds Casinos executive team. The Four Winds Food Truck and several Four Winds Casinos employees also supported the third annual Run for Hope & Recovery on September 7 in Benton Harbor, Mich.

“Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and it takes the lives of nearly 40,000 Americans every year,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. “We are proud that so many Four Winds Casinos employees worked together to raise money for such an important cause. We hope this contribution will help the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition reach more people in need in Southwest Michigan and save many more lives for years to come.

”The mission of the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition is to connect the people of Berrien County to the information and resources they need for emotional wellness, thereby preventing suicide. More information on the Berrien County Suicide Prevention Coalition is available at

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Chickasaw Princesses Crowned at Annual Pageant

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Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby, far left, and Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel, far right, crowned three princesses Monday, Sept. 30. The trio will serve as goodwill ambassadors for the tribe. The 2019-2020 Chickasaw Royalty includes Little Miss Chickasaw Kensey Carter, Chickasaw Junior Princess Brenlee Underwood and Chickasaw Princess Markita McCarty.

Published October 13, 2019

ADA, Okla. – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby crowned three young ladies Chickasaw Royalty during the 2019-2020 Chickasaw Nation Princess Pageant, held in conjunction with the 2019 Chickasaw Nation Annual Meeting and Festival.

“We believe these exceptional young ladies will be outstanding goodwill ambassadors of the Chickasaw Nation,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “It is inspiring to see them take such great pride in our culture. We hope their time representing the Chickasaw Nation at events across the country will provide memorable learning experiences that will enrich their lives.”

Eighteen-year-old Stonewall, Oklahoma, native Markita Rose McCarty was crowned Chickasaw Princess. She is the daughter of Mark and Rose McCarty and graduated from Stonewall High School in May. She is a freshman at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, working toward a bachelor’s degree in social work. She received a certificate of completion at Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada, before venturing to Tulsa. She hopes to complete her education at the University of Oklahoma.

Brenlee Underwood, a 12-year-old Byng Elementary sixth grade student and daughter of Brandon White Eagle, Ada, and Jerilene Underwood, Stratford, Oklahoma, was crowned Chickasaw Junior Princess. Brenlee has placed in the Native American Youth Language Fair three years and is a member of the Chickasaw Language Club. She also is a member of Chikasha Bak Bak, a Chickasaw youth stickball team.

Nine-year-old Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Elementary student Kensey Carter was crowned Little Miss Chickasaw. A fourth grade student, Kensey is active in the Chickasaw Running Club, cross-country, Chickasaw Nation Honor Club, youth stomp dance participant and is Tishomingo Lions Club’s “Little Indian Cheer.” She also is a member of the Chickasaw Youth Club Players in Progress (PIP) Team.

“I am hungry to learn about my culture and to teach others about it,” the new Chickasaw Princess said. “Preparing for the pageant is a moment I will always cherish and remember because without my Chickasaw heritage, I would only be a small-town girl.”

For her talent, Markita performed an original gospel song composed entirely in the Chickasaw language. The music was arranged by Phillip Berryhill, Chickasaw Nation choir conductor. Brenlee sang Choctaw Hymn 11 and Kensey told a traditional story of “Little Loksi.” Loksi means turtle in the Chickasaw language.

Participants of the pageant were judged on talent, poise, traditional Chickasaw dress, traditional greetings and responses to random questions.

During their one-year reign, Chickasaw Nation Princesses will take courses on language, culture and history of the Chickasaw people. In addition to serving as young ambassadors of the Chickasaw Nation, the 2019-2020 princesses will see many places, serve as role models and represent the Chickasaw people at formal functions nationally.

Winners received a crown, sash, trophy and gifts to prepare them for the upcoming year.

Chickasaw citizen and former 2017 Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne-Hearrell served as mistress of ceremonies for the pageant held at the Ada High School Activities Center. Browne-Hearrell is currently 2019 Miss Oklahoma USA.

The reign of a Chickasaw Princess has been a Chickasaw Nation tradition since 1963 when Ranell (James) Harry was appointed the first Chickasaw Princess.

2018-2019 Chickasaw Nation Princesses, Little Miss Chickasaw Jadyce Burns, Chickasaw Junior Princess LaKala Orphan and Chickasaw Princess Mikayla Hook, ended their reigns with fond memories each shared with pageant attendees. All were honored for their year of service to the Chickasaw Nation.

To watch a replay of the pageant, visit

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Michigan Governor Whitmer Issues Proclamation Declaring October 14th Indigenous Peoples Day

October 12, 2019 - 4:29pm

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with tribal leaders in February 2019 at United Tribes of Michigan meeting. Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert

Published October 12, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

LANSING, Mich. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation declaring Monday, October 14, 2019 as Indigenous Peoples Day.

The text of the proclamation reads as follows:


I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim

October 14, 2019



WHEREAS, the idea of Indigenous Peoples Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas; and,

WHEREAS, in 1990, representatives from 120 Indigenous Nations at the First Continental Conference on 500 Years of Indian Resistance unanimously passed a resolution to transform Columbus Day into an opportunity to reveal historical truths about pre-existing indigenous cultures that have survived an often violent colonization process and continue to exist and thrive in present day America; and,

WHEREAS, the United States endorsed the United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on December 16, 2010, and Article 15 of that declaration states:

  • Indigenous peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories, and aspirations, which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public information.
  • States should take effective measures, in consultation and cooperation with the indigenous peoples concerned, to combat prejudice and eliminate discrimination and to promote tolerance, understanding, and good relations among Indigenous peoples and all other segments of society; and,

WHEREAS, the state of Michigan recognizes the presence of the three major groups in our state today, the Chippewa (Ojibwe), Ottawa (Odawa), and Potawatomi (Bodéwadmik), who have lived upon this land since time immemorial, and values the progress our society has accomplished through Native American thought and culture; and,

WHEREAS, the Tribal Council of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has passed a resolution to officially recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October; and,

WHEREAS, the resolution states that Indigenous Peoples Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples on this land, and to celebrate the thriving cultures and values that the Odawa, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and other indigenous peoples contribute to society; and,

WHEREAS, on this second Monday of October, we should honor the historic, cultural, and contemporary significance of Indigenous peoples and their ancestral lands that also became known as the Americas and celebrate their contributions to communities throughout Michigan, the United States, and all over the world;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 14, 2019, as Indigenous Peoples Day in Michigan to uplift our country’s indigenous roots, history, and contributions.



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Red Lake Tribal Council Passes New Resolution to Change Blood Degree of Members

October 12, 2019 - 12:02am

Published October 12, 2019

Every Tribal Member on 1958 base roll will have full-blood designation

RED LAKE, Minn. — On Tuesday, October 8, 2019 the Red Lake Tribal Council passed a resolution that would modify the blood degree of each and every person of Red Lake Chippewa Indian blood who was duly enrolled in the Red Lake Band on November 10, 1958, will now be considered a full-blood, or 4/4 blood degree. The resolution was brought forth and mentioned by Tribal Secretary Sam Strong, as a means to strengthen enrollment. The motion was seconded by Redby Representative Al Pemberton and was approved with a 7-3 vote by the 11 elected Tribal Council members as Chairman Seki only votes in the case of a tie.

The 1958 base roll was selected because it is the most recent base roll. The 1958 enrollment list was developed by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, which listed the blood quantum of members at the time. As it stands today, the blood quantum standard requires members to have at least 1/4 Red Lake ancestry to enroll in the tribe.

“Our decision at the Council Meeting to start moving away from blood quantum is the first step in creating a solution that will allow our people to carry on our ways forever,” Secretary Strong said. “Although it is a great first step, it is important to recognize that it is a first step and we need to continue to visit this enrollment issue until we can come to a consensus to end our current practice of mathematical genocide and move forward with a solution that will allow us to protect our nation forever.”

Completed applications for enrollment under this new amendment will be taken immediately and are due no later than January 15, 2020 for a special enrollment meeting scheduled for January 29, 2020. All applications must supply supporting documentation. More information about enrollment and downloadable applications are available at the Government Center Enrollment Department, and on the Red Lake Tribal Website at

Questions may be directed to the Red Lake Tribal Council at 218-679-3341. More information will be released as available

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the Red Lake News. All rights reserved.

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National Native American Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony to Take Place on Nov. 2

October 12, 2019 - 12:02am

Hard Rock Tulsa

Published October 12, 2019

Sponsorships are still available for the event

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — The National Native American Hall of Fame will hold its second annual Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 2 starting at 6 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sponsorships are still available for the event.

Twelve individuals will be inducted this year for their accomplishments and what they have meant to Indigenous peoples across the globe. The 2019 inductees are: Lucy Covington (d. 1982), Colville; Ada Deer, Menominee; Louise Erdrich, Turtle Mountain Chippewa; Billy Frank Jr. (d. 2014), Nisqually; Forrest Gerard (d. 2013), Blackfeet; Hattie Kauffman, Nez Perce; Oren Lyons, Onondaga; Richard Oakes (d. 1972), Mohawk; Elizabeth Peratrovich (d. 1958), Tlingit; Pascal Poolaw (d. 1967), Kiowa; Mary Golda Ross (d. 2008), Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; and Wes Studi, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

“The 12 Native Americans who will be enshrined on November 2 are stellar examples of the individuals and level of accomplishment that our organization will honor now and into the future,” said James Parker Shield, Little Shell Chippewa, chief executive officer and founder of the National Native American Hall of Fame. “This will be an evening to remember.”

The National Native American Hall of Fame is an Indigenous 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Native Americans and Alaska Natives. Its mission is “to recognize and honor the inspirational achievements of Native Americans in contemporary history.” The all-Native Board of Directors includes members from the Blackfeet/Wichita, Comanche, Ojibwe, Northern Cheyenne, Sac and Fox, and Seneca nations. Future plans for the Hall of Fame include a traveling exhibit and an educational curriculum for youth focusing on the vast array of accomplishments by Native Americans in modern times.

Sponsorships for the November 2 Induction Ceremony are still available. Contact Chief Development Officer T.J. Hansell, Turtle Mountain Chippewa at or (602) 885-4454. For more information and updates, visit and @nativehof on Facebook.

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Navajo Nation recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 12, 2019 - 12:00am

The American Indian Cancer Foundation’s Pink Shawls Project, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is a breast cancer campaign that brings women together to create shawls to use as educational and awareness tools. (Courtesy photo)

Published October 12, 2019

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a proclamation on Wednesday, proclaiming the month of October as Navajo Nation Breast Cancer Awareness Month. President Nez was joined by Council Delegate Otto Tso, Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin Parrish, breast cancer survivors, and over 250 others for the signing of the proclamation prior to the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Fun Walk hosted by the Special Diabetes Program in Tuba City, Ariz.

“Many of us have a loved one, a relative, or a friend who is battling breast cancer. This proclamation is to raise awareness among our people – for the ones we’ve lost to breast cancer, for the many who continue to battle, and for the many who have survived breast cancer. What better place to issue this proclamation than the community of Tuba City, the site of the very first cancer treatment facility in all of Indian Country,” said President Nez.

Council Delegate Otto Tso, who represents the Tuba City community as a member of the 24th Navajo Nation Council, recognized and thanked Tuba City Regional Health Care Center for working together with other health advocates to establish the cancer treatment center to help many Navajo people with nearby treatment and resources.

The proclamation acknowledges that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Navajo women, and further states that risk factors that may increase a person’s chance of developing breast cancer include family history, age, alcohol consumption, and genetic history.

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a reminder to us all, men and women, that cancer can affect any of us and that’s why it’s important to get regular check-ups and to take preventative measures like eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. We all want to live a long and healthy life for our loved ones,” added Vice President Myron Lizer.

Mammography screening funding is available for Native American women from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Navajo Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program, which educates and provides cancer screening to low income, uninsured, or underinsured age eligible women across the Navajo Nation, while engaging the community and its partners to increase screening rates.

“According to the National Cancer Institute, one in every eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her life time – one in eight! Today, as our President Jonathan Nez signs a proclamation recognizing the urgency of breast cancer awareness, I would like to encourage our Navajo women to take the time to visit our local health centers or mobile clinics to take breast cancer precautions. We need to set aside some time in our day or in our week to be screened because breast cancer is second most common form of cancer in women. Please take care of one another,” said Miss Navajo Nation Shaadiin Parrish.

“We can be a stronger and healthier Nation if we all come together and support one another with encouraging and motivating words. T’áá hwó’ ajít’éego, or self-reliance and self-determination, is the teaching that we are striving to re-instill in our people. Years ago, our Navajo people didn’t have health issues like cancer, heart disease, or others. Today, these issues are prevalent among our people, but we can overcome and persevere to be stronger and healthier Navajo people,” said President Nez.

The Navajo Nation recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the month of October, in accordance with the proclamation signed by President Nez and Vice President Lizer. The Nez-Lizer Administration thanks the Navajo Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention Program and the Special Diabetes Program for hosting Wednesday’s Fun Walk.

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Navajo Gaming Spurs Enthusiasm with Navajo 4H Youth at the Shiprock Fair

October 12, 2019 - 12:00am

Tyann Layton of Sanders, Ariz.

Published October 12, 2019

Gaming Provides continued support of Northern Navajo Nation Fair and 4H Livestock Show 

SHIPROCK, N.M. — Navajo Gaming sponsored the barbecue that kicked off the Northern Navajo Nation Fair last week, providing meals to more than 3,500 locals and fair visitors. The following day, Navajo Gaming Interim CEO Brian Parrish and the Navajo Gaming team had their bid cards ready for the 4H Livestock Show and Auction. The purchase of the livestock from Navajo youth serves two purposes – providing an educational experience on raising livestock, plus proceeds are donated to Senior Centers on the Navajo Nation, feeding numerous elders.

Navajo Gaming Interim CEO Brian Parrish, a livestock owner himself, knows the value of raising livestock from birth to table. At the show, livestock are assessed, judges speak to the livestock owners as they drive hard sales pitches enticing potential buyers by talking about who they are: including the Navajo clan information, where they are from, the 4H organization they belong to as well as additional value should you purchase their livestock.

Parrish stated that this is one of the best events at each of the Navajo Nation Fairs. “We enjoy supporting the teaching of Navajo youth. Doing this at an early age, caring for livestock from birth to showmanship, is remarkable. We purchase the livestock and it is processed, then donations are made to Navajo Nation Chapter houses and Elder Centers throughout the Navajo Nation.”

4H is a nonprofit national organization with more than six million participants, with 2.6 million children taking part in rural settings like the Navajo Nation. It is an organization that teaches hand-on projects like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The organization believes in the power of young people. They see that every child has valuable strengths and can be taught valuable skills to last a lifetime. The Navajo Nation has approximately 35 4H clubs, according to the Indian Country Extensions, 4H Youth Programs publication.

Tyann Layton of Sanders, Ariz., a 4H member of Heritage Stock & Roots Club for six years, was asked what being a member of 4H has taught her.

“It brings out the best in me, shows me respect and how to care for others not just yourself. When it comes to tight situations you just have to show you are strongest because the world will chew you up and spit you out,” she said.

Tyann proudly showed her award-winning sheep at the Shiprock Livestock show and auction.

Tyann’s mother, Kimberly Yazzie is the Heritage Stock & Roots Club organizer which is a very young organization – just three years old with 11 members. “It has been very rewarding to see these children grow in knowledge, showmanship and even basic entrepreneurship skills at a young age. Plus, working with the youth has certainly enhanced my skills as a beef marketing specialist with Navajo Beef, Labatt Meat Company, LLC,” said Yazzie.

Other Navajo Nation 4H clubs at the show were Oakridge 4H Club, Dreamweavers 4H Club from San Juan County and many more.

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Native-owned Eighth Generation Launches New Wool Blanket Honoring “Jim Thorpe”

October 11, 2019 - 12:05am

Published October 11, 2019

SEATTLE — On Indigenous People’s Day 2019, Seattle based Eighth Generation will launch a special edition wool blanket honoring Native American sports hero, Jim Thorpe. Last year, Eighth Generation officially licensed the Jim Thorpe name and likeness.

“What better way to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day than highlighting one of the greatest examples of Native excellence?” Said Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation. The blanket is aptly named “All Around Excellence.”

Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox) is an American icon famous for winning Olympic gold in the decathlon and pentathlon, before going on to excel in professional baseball and football. Jim Thorpe also became the NFL’s first president and is widely considered one of the best athletes to ever live. The “All Around Excellence” Special Edition Wool Blanket was designed by Eighth Generation in collaboration with Sac and Fox traditional ribbon artist, Ruth Garvin.

In 2015, Eighth Generation revitalized the wool blanket market by becoming the first Native-owned company to offer wool blankets, with 100% of its products designed in partnership with Native artists.  Since then, the Native owned and operated company has collaborated with nearly 50 Native artists, drawing a stark contrast with the pattern of cultural appropriation established by legacy companies in the wool blanket industry.

In addition to the wool blanket, Eighth Generation previously released a Special Edition Jim Thorpe Phone Case. All the phone cases are made in their Seattle studio headquarters, available in various iPhone and Samsung models. The stunning case is made with real cedar wood, maple and ash inlays, which are cut and laser etched with multiple layers of protective coating.

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Indigenous Canoes Paddle San Francisco Bay to Honor 50th Anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation

October 11, 2019 - 12:03am

Canoes lined up on the shore.

Published October 11, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of American Indians and allies will gather next week in the San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation. Traditional tribal canoes will circle Alcatraz Island starting at dawn on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, to commemorate and carry forward the legacy of the Alcatraz Occupation in an era of climate crisis.

canoe journey

Monday, October 14, 2019
6 AM – 1PM
San Francisco Aquatic Park

San Francisco, CA – On Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Monday, October 14), canoes representing tribes from up and down the West Coast and beyond will take to the waters of San Francisco Bay and circle Alcatraz Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 occupation.

As part of this commemoration, Alcatraz Canoe Journey is also co-presenting Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation with California Historical Society, Exploratorium, Natural History Museum, the Presidio Trust, the San Francisco Museum of Art and SF Public Library; the series includes Alcatraz Is Not an Island, a special issue of SFMOMA’s Open Space magazine.

“Canoe Journey is Indian Country’s fastest growing tradition,” said Eloy Martinez, an activist who was an early participant in the 1969 Occupation and one of the organizers of this year’s event. “We expect hand-carved dugout canoes, tule canoes—all kinds of traditional canoes. The canoes will leave from Aquatic Park, navigate the often-dangerous water around Alcatraz, and return to shore for a day full of songs, stories and dances by participating canoe families and other Native communities.”

The Alcatraz Occupation help launch the current era of Indigenous rights and remains a guiding light for resistance, resilience and a more just relationship between people and planet in an era of peril.

Alcatraz Canoe Journey is a grassroots project of Indigenous organizers and allies based in the Bay Area and led by elder Eloy Martinez. Inspired by the annual Tribal Canoe Journey in the Pacific Northwest and the resurgence of canoe traditions in Indigenous communities across the continent and beyond, Alcatraz Canoe Journey will be the first event of its kind in the Bay Area. Alcatraz Canoe Journey hopes to inspire a new generation of youth leaders, empower local and
urban Indigenous communities and educate the public about the Alcatraz Occupation and the enduring importance of First Peoples in the context of global environmental crisis.

“With all the problems we are facing today, whether that be climate change or the return of hate and racism, the message of the Alcatraz Occupation is as important today as it was 50 years ago,” said Martinez. “The original Occupiers had vision and courage, and both of those are
more important now than ever. The planet is in trouble, and we’ve got leaders who think making money is what life is all about. We want to inspire the next generation. That’s what this canoe journey can do.”

Ed Archie NoiseCat, a noted artist and member of the organizing committee who first laid out the vision for Alcatraz Canoe Journey, credits tribes in the Pacific Northwest for inspiring him and others.

“From Alcatraz Island to the Salish Sea and beyond, Native people are rising through art, activism and more,” said NoiseCat. “As a father and now almost an elder, I hope this journey encourages our Bay Area youth the same way Alcatraz did for my generation and the same way the annual Tribal Canoe Journey does for Native nations in the Northwest every year.”

Indigenous families and communities are traveling with their canoes in tow from as far North as British Columbia and as far West as Hawaii. Canoes will be welcomed onto these lands and waters by Ohlone elder Ruth Orta. Orta will speak on behalf of the original inhabitants of
the Bay Area who were decimated by genocide but are now reclaiming their identity and traditions.

“We survived a genocide and we are still right here. This is where we came from. My mother and grandmother were here their entire lives.” said Orta. “It hurts to know that people don’t even know that we are here. The people of the world—they need to know we are here. I am so
honored to welcome these canoes from far and wide.”

After the canoes paddle around Alcatraz, Indigenous communities from far and wide as well as right here in the Bay Area will share songs, stories and dances. Cultural protocol will be interwoven with the story of the Alcatraz Occupation. Festivities will conclude at 1:00 in the

“It’s important for people to understand the long and enduring history of injustice that led young people to rise up and take Alcatraz Island back in 1969,” said Julian Brave NoiseCat, a writer and committee member. “The Occupation was a landmark moment for Indigenous peoples. As
Indigenous peoples and all peoples face new challenges—the climate crisis chief among them—it is essential to honor this history so that we can carry forward the occupiers’ legacy for the next 50 years. ”

Alcatraz Canoe Journey is scheduled to launch at 6 a.m. from Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Cultural protocol will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. This event is free, open to the public and inclusive. All are welcome to attend.

In addition to the first-ever paddle around Alcatraz, the Alcatraz Canoe Journey will co-host the Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation speaker series and Alcatraz is Not an Island, a special issue of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.(SFMOMA’s) Open Space magazine focused on the 50th anniversary of the occupation. The speaker series, co-hosted by California Historical Society, Exploratorium, Natural History Museum, the Presidio Trust, SFMOMA and SF Public Library, will be moderated by Julian Brave NoiseCat. Alongside occupation veteran Dr. LaNada War
Jack, NoiseCat will also guest edit Alcatraz is Not an Island.

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Alcatraz Canoe Journey is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a California nonprofit
corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue
Service #20-0879422.

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Minnesota Indian Affairs Council Voices Support for Prairie Island’s Effort to Make Elk Run Tribal Land

October 11, 2019 - 12:01am

The Prairie Island Indian Community says the Prairie Island power plant poses health risks to it tribal citizens.

Published October 11, 2019

PRAIRIE ISLAND, Minn. — The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, which is comprised of representation from Minnesota’s federally recognized tribal nations, passed a resolution of support for the Prairie Island Indian Community’s effort to obtain federal legislation to settle the Tribe’s claims against the federal government. The claims relate to the federal government’s failure to protect the Tribe’s current reservation and people from ongoing threats from nearby operation of a nuclear power plant where dangerous nuclear waste is stored and from persistent flooding from a federal dam project.

“The federal government put our people in this dangerous and untenable position; it is the federal government’s responsibility to address the harm it has caused,” said President Buck. “The Army Corps of Engineers flooded our lands when it built Lock and Dam No. 3 just down the river from our reservation; and then the federal government later licensed a nuclear power plant and nuclear waste storage site just 600 yards from our homes, government offices and tribal businesses. The federal government’s actions have resulted in an unconscionable threat to our families and our very existence. Federal action to make this right is long overdue.”

Rather than suing for a financial settlement, the Tribe is asking Congress for a land settlement. Specifically, the Tribe wants to be compensated by having land from historic territory near Rochester, Minnesota, known as Elk Run, added to its reservation in the same status as its current reservation to provide a safe alternative location for its members to live and work. One of the Tribe’s former leaders, Chief Red Wing, encamped in the Elk Run area prior to European settlers moving West.

“Adding the Elk Run property to our reservation land base has deep meaning to our people,” said President Buck. “Most importantly, it provides us with a safe alternative homeland, something that is crucial to righting the historical and current wrongs committed against Prairie Island.”

MIAC’s resolution supports the Tribe’s request that Congress take action to compensate the Tribe by providing it with additional reservation land, with the same status as its current reservation, located at a safe distance from the nuclear and flooding threats. MIAC urged the members of the Minnesota Delegation to support these efforts as well. The resolution passed by a vote of 9-0, with Prairie Island abstaining. The Upper Sioux Community was the only Minnesota tribe not present.

In addition to receiving support from MIAC, Prairie Island has secured resolutions and letters of support from a number of local governments, government officials including the cities of Rochester, Pine Island, Oronoco; Goodue and Olmsted Counties; New Haven Township; State Representative Barb Haley; State Senators Dave Senjem and Michael Goggin; and, Xcel Energy.

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Crownpont Hotel Groundbreaking Ceremony Held

October 11, 2019 - 12:00am

John Largo, of the Eastern Regional Business Development Office, giving a speech regarding the process and success that led up to the Crownpoint Hotel Groundbreaking Ceremony on September 27, 2019 in Crownpoint, New Mexico.

Published October 11, 2019

CROWNPOINT, N.M. — Groundbreaking Ceremony held Friday, September 27, 2019 in Crownpoint, New Mexico for the new construction of the Crownpoint Hotel. The Eastern Regional Business Development office (ERBDO) first met with owners John Daugomah and his wife Jackie Curley of CSB Enterprizes, LLC in 2013 to discuss the plans they had for a hotel.

Putting together years of experience and expertise John Largo, of the Eastern Regional Business Development Office, provided technical assistance in this project. Mr. Largo, once an entrepreneur himself, has dedicated 22 years to the Navajo Nation, 16 of them being with the ERBDO.

Working closely with clients, Mr. Largo walked John and Jackie through the process to begin a project such as the Crownpoint hotel. John Largo ensures that his clients are assisted in every step from obtaining land, writing business plans, sourcing funds, to ensuring the business to be registered as a corporation with the nation. A franchise agreement with Choice Hotels dual branded Eastern Navajo’s first native owned hotel and will house Sleep Inn and Mainstay Suites with thirty-six rooms each along with a conference room to host over 100 people.

To learn more about Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development or any of the Regional Business Development Offices, please call 928.871.6544 or visit

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StrongHearts Native Helpline Awarded More Than $2.7M in Federal Grants to Expand Culturally-Based Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services

October 11, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 11, 2019

Native helpline for domestic violence and dating violence sets sights on expansion to 24-7 operating hours, integration of digital chat service and inclusion of sexual assault advocacy

EAGAN, Minn. – Within three years of launching its collaborative project, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) today announced the StrongHearts Native Helpline (StrongHearts) is receiving two grants from the Office of Victims of Crime under the United States Department of Justice for a combined total of $2,768,168.00 to enhance services over the next three years.

The awards – provided by the Office of Victims of Crime Advancing the Use of Technology to Assist Victims of Crime solicitation and the Field-Generated Program to Improve Services for Victims of Crime – will be utilized to extend the helpline’s operating hours to 24 hours a day, develop advocacy training and services to assist survivors of sexual violence, as well as implement digital chat services to help increase accessibility and address caller safety. Launch dates for the digital chat service and 24-7 operating hours will be released at a later time. A full list of federal grant recipients can be accessed here.

“Considering Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or be a victim of sexual assault than other groups, the StrongHearts Native Helpline serves as a potential lifeline for survivors of these crimes,” said Lori Jump, Assistant Director for StrongHearts. “We also know in remote areas, some victims may not have phone service or may fear their abusive partner overhearing them in an attempt to call, so providing a digital chat service option is crucial for increasing access for everyone in our communities.” American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer from the highest rates of violence in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Justice. In March 2017, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) began providing callers culturally-based support for domestic violence and dating violence, along with a connection to Native resources. Grounded in an understanding of Native cultures, tribal sovereignty and traditions, Native advocates are specially trained to provide callers with emotional support, crisis intervention, personalized safety planning, and a referral to a Native and Tribal service provider if needed. Currently, the helpline is available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time.

“Since the very beginning, StrongHearts staff listened to the critical needs of Native communities across the country and identified the need for 24-7 operations” said Lucy Simpson, Executive Director of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. “Now with these two awards, we can realize the collective vision of having a dedicated Native helpline to serve survivors of violence in a culturally-rooted way at all hours of the day and night.”

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SF Bay Area FOX Station on Atlanta Loss: “Braves Scalped”

October 10, 2019 - 1:07am

Published October 10, 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. — KTVU, the Bay Area’s Fox affliate, is facing criticism for its headline, “Braves Scalped,” to recap the Atlanta Braves loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday in a 13-1 defeat in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

The loss ended the Braves season.

The racist headline is a prime example why most Native Americans oppose the use of American Indian imagery and mascots in sports. Period!






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Accused Rapist and American Indian Imposter, Redwolf Pope to Remain Behind Bars

October 10, 2019 - 12:02am

Redwolf was in Washington at the . Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published October 10, 2019

Judge rules to hold Pope in custody until trial set for January

SANTA FE, N.M. — A Santa Fe Magistrate Judge ruled Wednesday that Redwolf Pope, a man who posed as a Native American to prey on Indigenous women, shall remain in custody until he faces trial in January 2020 in New Mexico for felony sex crimes. Seattle is also seeking Pope’s extradition to stand trial in King County for charges of rape, kidnap and voyeurism.

Magistrate Judge David Segura says he does not have jurisdiction to release Pople due to the Washington state warrant where he has two counts of rape in Seattle.

“We are relieved that Magistrate Judge David Segura today announced from the bench that the federal law governing extradition should be upheld and Redwolf Pope should remain in custody until he stands trial in the Santa Fe County Court for the charges brought against him in New Mexico,” said Mary Kathryn Nagle, plaintiffs’ counsel at Pipestern Law. 

“The decision to keep Redwolf Pope in jail was the right one, but we must ensure he remains there for the rest of his life,” said Abigail Echo-Hawk in Seattle, commented Native advocate and researcher. “We must ensure the protection of Native women from sexual predators like Pope.”

Pope faces kidnapping, third-degree rape and voyeurism charges.

RELATED: Who is Alleged Rapist Redwolf Pope? Turns Out He is Not American Indian After All


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Washington County Cherokee Association Celebrates Opening of New Community Center

October 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. helped celebrate the opening of the Washington County Cherokee Association’s new community building in Ochelata.

Published October 10, 2019 

OCHELATA, Okla. — More than 150 Washington County Cherokees were on hand Oct. 3 to celebrate the opening of the Washington County Cherokee Association’s new community building.

The new building was constructed with community work grants awarded by Cherokee Nation Community & Cultural Outreach and community assistance funds from the Council of the Cherokee Nation.

“The Washington County Cherokee Association is a strong community organization that was willing not only to work hard to see this building to completion, but also to work hard to maintain it as a service to the whole community,” said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “I’m proud that this building will serve as a hub of Cherokee culture and community for the entire area.”

The community building was built just east of the Cherokee Nation’s Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata, a community about 12 miles south of Bartlesville.

“The Washington County Cherokee Association has done a fantastic job of bringing together the people and the resources needed to take this from a vision to a completed project,” said District 12 Tribal Councilor Dora Patzkowski. “I look forward to the wonderful opportunities this community building will provide to Washington County Cherokee citizens in the coming years.”

More than 150 attended the opening celebration for Washington County Cherokee Association’s new community building in Ochelata.

The facility offers 5,000 square feet of space where the community association can host meetings, cultural events and other activities throughout the year.

“This community building wouldn’t have happened without the Cherokee Nation,” said Richard Stephens, president of the Washington County Cherokee Association. “We feel extremely priveleged to have had all of the support we’ve received. We’ve received every resource we needed.”

Learn more about the Washington County Cherokee Association and future events at


Community work grants provide funding to qualifying Cherokee community organizations planning projects that will benefit their communities. For a list of qualifications or for details on submitting an application, contact Brad Wagnon at 918-718-5522 or

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Assistant Secretary Sweeney Hosts Reclaiming Our Native Communities Roundtable in Rapid City

October 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Tara Sweeney,

Published October 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney on Wedneday hosted the fourth in a series of Reclaiming Our Native Communities roundtables in Rapid City, S.D. The purpose of the roundtables is to hear from tribal leaders, public safety and domestic violence prevention advocates, law enforcement, and health care providers on what the federal government in general and Indian Affairs, in particular, need to do to seriously address the issue of missing and murdered American Indian and Alaska Native women, children and men.  Indian Affairs is looking at approaches that seek the reduction of violent crime, tackling the opioid crisis, human trafficking, solving cold cases, and resolving jurisdictional issues across Indian Country.

“Our public safety problems are complex and vary by community, which is why this collaboration is critical to our ability to successfully aid tribes in reclaiming their communities from the scourge of violent crime and domestic violence that threaten Native people and families,” Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney said.  “We need to continue to refine our strategies and maximize partnerships to deliver services with limited resources.  That is why these roundtables are such valuable opportunities for us to hear directly from tribal leaders, and community professionals and advocates on these matters.”

Joining the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs in speaking to the attendees were Charles Addington, Deputy Bureau Director – Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, in Washington, D.C., and Timothy LaPointe, Regional Director of the BIA Great Plains Regional Office in Aberdeen, S.D.  Other speakers include officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Justice officials, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Association, the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, and the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center.

The challenges that perpetuate the pattern of structural violence are a defining characteristic of life in many tribal communities, such as jurisdictional conflicts, a lack of emergency services, and limited law enforcement resources.  The statistics are a stark reminder of the extent of the problem:

·         Sixty-one percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women (or three out of five) have been assaulted in their lifetimes, 34 percent of Native women are raped in their lifetimes, and 39 percent are victims of domestic violence. (NCAI Policy Research Center)

·         American Indians and Alaska Natives are two-and-a-half times as likely to experience violent crimes – and at least two times more likely to experience rape or sexual assault crimes – compared to all other races.  (NCAI Policy Research Center)

·         According to a 2010 Government Accountability Office study, United States Attorneys declined to prosecute nearly 52 percent of violent crimes that occur in Indian Country.  They also declined to prosecute 67 percent of sexual abuse and related matters that occur in Indian Country.  (Report: U.S. Department of Justice Declinations of Indian Country Criminal Matters)

·         According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, nearly 83 percent of Native Americans have experienced some form of violence in their lifetime.  That is nearly 3 million people who have experienced aggressive physical or sexual violence.

·         Native American female victims are more likely to need services, but are less likely to have access to those services.  More than one-third of Native women were unable to receive necessary services at all.  (Report: U.S. Department of Justice Declinations of Indian Country Criminal Matters)

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Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo Champs Advance to RAM National Circuit Finals in Florida

October 10, 2019 - 12:00am

Published October 10, 2019

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — Rodeo’s biggest stars from Arizona and New Mexico, took center stage at the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo (TCFR) on October 4 – 5. Joseph McConnel of Bloomfield, NM, was the only bull rider to make three qualified rides. Claiming his title as “RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo Bull Riding Champion,” and the victory was a way of honoring a friend. “While I was driving to the Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo, from a friend’s funeral, I wanted to do something to honor my friend. I set a goal to ride all three bulls in my friends memory. I went in on top, and I won all three rounds. It was pretty special for me for a few reason’s” said McConnel. McConnel rode for a total 246 points on three head, with a high score of 86.5 points on Salt River Rodeo’s “Soul Seeker,” during the first performance. “That ride set the pace for the weekend, I needed something to get the momentum going, “Soul Seeker” bucked and helped me get my first-round win,” McConnel stated. Saddle Bronc rider, Leon Fountain of Socorro, NM, changed the leader board after the 2nd performance with 76.5 points on Salt River Rodeo’s “Soda Pop.” “My horse was excellent. He gets a lot of guys on the ground, and luckily I was able to stay on him. He bucked, and I was able to stay in the middle of him, I was a little rusty, but I shook it off and got the win. It changed my weekend,” said Fountain. During the third and final round, Fountain came in with an 81 point ride on Salt River Rodeo’s “Taos’ Time Bomb” to win the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo. 2019 RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo Champions
  • All Around – Seth Hall, Las Lunas, NM
  • Bareback Riding – Evan Betony, Tonalea, AZ
  • Steer Wrestling- Trey Nahrgang, Buckeye, AZ
  • Team Roping – Trey Blackmore/Seth Hall, Hillside, AZ / Las Lunas, NM
  • Saddle Bronc Riding – Leon Fountain, Socorro, NM
  • Tie-Down Roping – Shad Mayfield, Clovis, NM
  • Girls Barrel Racing – Tarryn Lee, St. David, AZ
  • Bull Riding – Joseph McConnel, Las Cruces, NM
  • Steer Roping – Corey Ross, Liberty Hill, TX
The top two champions in each event will represent the Turquoise Circuit in Kissimmee, Florida, for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. Learn more about the RAM NCFR and how these champion contestants get to advance, by clicking here. Slated to join the above champions at the RAM NCFR will be Earl N Tsosie Jr. (Bareback Riding), Taos Muncy (Saddle Bronc), Lon Danley (Bull Riding), Seth Hall (Tie-Down Roping), Trevor Duhon (Steer Wrestling), Erich Rogers (Team Roping Header), Lane Siggins (Team Roping Heeler), Sarah Kieckhefer (Barrel Racing) and Garrett Hale (Steer Roping-Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping/Kansas Star Arena). The event also honors the animal athletes, winning stock awards this year are as follows: 2019 Turquoise Circuit Stock of the Year
  • Bareback – 6H13 Lady Assassin – Salt River Rodeo Co.
  • Saddle Bronc – 9466 Whiskey River – Salt River Rodeo Co.
  • Bull – 120 Rock Road – Salt River Rodeo Co.
2019 Turquoise Circuit Timed Event Stock of the Year
  • Steer Wrestling – Heza Planet – aka FRANK (owned by Wyatt Jurney. Ridden by Wyatt Jurney, Tyke Kipp, Grady Gray & Monty Eakin)
  • Team Roping (Header) – Lazy TB Thirty (owned by trey Blackmore. Ridden by Trey Blackmore, Josh Siggins, Brock Hanson, and Cody Cabral)
  • Team Roping (Heeler) – Lenas on a Roll – aka LITTLE BOY (Owned and ridden by TJ Brown)
  • Tie-Down – GSR Star on Tap – aka SHARKY (Owned and ridden by Kyle Dutton)
The 2019 RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo boasted record-breaking attendance at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, AZ, with a 20% fan attendance increase. “We were excited to see the increase in attendance at the event this year. Our rodeo showcases the best cowboys, cowgirls, and animal athletes in the Southwest. It means a lot to us when the community supports them,” said Jim Dewey Brown, President of Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo. The Turquoise Circuit Rodeo season kicked off last month. You can learn more about the circuit and see a rodeo schedule online at

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