Native American tribes revive horse heritage with bareback races in Oklahoma

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By Stephanie Keith PAWHUSKA, Okla. (Reuters) – Native American tribes from the United States and Canada converged on Oklahoma for the Indian Relay Horse Race this weekend, helping to revive horse heritage in the state and symbolizing a return to normal after pandemic restrictions. The setting in Oklahoma was particularly apt, given the state’s Native American population of nearly 10% and the 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling re-affirming that about half the state’s territory falls under American Indian jurisdiction. Competitors race three different horses bareback around a one-mile track, jumping…

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