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Lakota Country Times: Lakota athletes head to Indian National Finals Rodeo

Jordan "Slick" Phelps, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is looking for his third straight world title win in bull riding at the upcoming Indian National Finals Rodeo. Courtesy photo

Oglala Cowboys Look For Gold In Rough-Stock at INFR
By Brandon Ecoffey
Lakota Country Times Editor

PINE RIDGE- There are more than fifty Lakota rodeo athletes headed for the Indian National Finals Rodeo set to begin next week in Las Vegas.

Headlining the Lakota contingency on its way to Las Vegas is Rockyford's Slick Phelps. Phelps is looking to bring home his third consecutive world title in bull riding. During the early part of the season Phelps struggled to string together any sort of momentum as he found himself outside of the top 15 in earnings going into the Great Plains finals. In a clutch appearance Phelps managed to secure a spot in the INFR by busting out of his slump and winning the regional finals rodeo. He will be joined by Bo Tyler Vocu who also qualified in the Jr. Bull riding category and Jr. Breakaway.

Other locals competing in the rough stock events include Marcus Swallow, Steven Dewolfe, and Lonny Lesmeister. Dewolfe finished second in yearly earnings and is riding solid going into the INFR as he is gunning for his first world title.

The brother and sister combo of Shantelle Brewer and Cole Brewer from just outside Eagle Butte will look to bring home a victory in the junior breakaway completion. Both athletes will compete in multiple events throughout the week.

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