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We’re in the middle of Cowboy Christmas season. It’s the time of year when cowboys and cowgirls attend rodeo after rodeo for the next couple of weeks. In Native America, cowboys are gearing up for events put on by the Indian Junior Rodeo Association (IJRA), All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association (AIRCA) and the Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR), not to mention the countless county, tribal and state fair rodeos going on across the country. A rodeo may be happening in your town right now. What do you like most about your local rodeo? Who’s your favorite Native cowboy or cowgirl? What’s your favorite rodeo event?
Randy Taylor (Cherokee and Choctaw) – Cherokee cowboy and pro-announcer
Justin McDaniel (Cherokee) – world champion bareback rider
Victoria Jackson (Fort McDermit Paiute Shoshone Tribes of Nevada and Oregon) – 2014 world champion steer stopper for the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association, also editor and producer of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone newspaper