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Sports Commentary

Lloyd Brass, Sports Editor

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      FEBRUARY 1977      v07 n02 p20  
For the first time in history, Saskatchewan Indians have formed a Cowboy Association at the Last Oak Ski Resort.

Thanks to the foresight of guys like Chief Louie Taypotat of Kahawistahaw, Floyd Pooyak of Sweet Grass and several other concerned followers of the rodeo scene an organization such as this will now satisfy a previously unfulfilled demand.

The attractive thing about an organization such as this is to get some of our Indian boys to the National Indian Rodeo finals. Last fall for the first time, the National Indian Rodeo finals was held at Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. This event is expected to be held annually with each Indian Cowboy Association to make bids to host such a large rodeo event.

Wouldn't it be a thrill to witness some of the world's best cowboys in the action? A lot of the Indians in Canada and the U.S.A. have been recognized world champions ever since rodeo competitions began.

One of the Chiefs stated at the Saskatchewan Indian Rodeo Cowboy Association that rodeo was the number one sport for the Indians. Right away I had mixed feelings about this and thought to myself about hockey, golf, soccer and fast ball as being the number one sport.

But thinking further back, the Chief is usually right. Before the hockey sticks, bats, golf clubs and the soccer ball became known to the Indian the horse provided the challenge of being tamed.

He also said "almost everyone at one time was a bronco buster". This statement was true before the coming of the horseless carriage.

We have a Recreation Program right here in Saskatchewan on a provincial scale. But our champions stay exactly right here within our boundaries and that's it.

The Saskatchewan Indian Rodeo' Cowboy Association took a great step ahead of our Sports and Recreation Program. By this, I mean they can send their finalists over the borders to represent Saskatchewan as a recognized association.