Noem announces state support for Indian Relay Championships

Horse(Danny Gallegos)
Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 10:12 AM CDT
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PIERRE, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Gov. Noem announced state support for the Horse Nations Indian Relay Council’s 2022 Championship of Champions, which is taking place this afternoon in Fort Pierre.

“South Dakota values our tribal heritage, competition, and our love of horses,” said Noem. “I hope that South Dakotans and visitors to our state will take the time to learn more about our tribes’ history and culture. This event is a fantastic way to do that.”

Indian Relay is a highly competitive, traditional Native American sport that consists of four warriors (rider, holder, mugger, catcher) and three thoroughbred/quarter horses that compete on a half-mile circle racetrack.

The state is supporting the event with $50,000 in grants. These come from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

You can learn more about the Horse Nations Indian Relay Council here.