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Ancestral Legacy Initiative

The Ancestral Legacy Initiative supports emerging Indigenous leaders in reclaiming and reshaping their ancestral narrative. By serving as role models and positively impacting their family stories, they uplift Native youth and foster community transformation.

Legacy Leaders

Ronald Hall, Jr.

Hi, My name is Ronald Benn Hall Jr., most know me as Ron or Ronnie. My parents are Gaylene & the late Ronald B. Hall, Sr., also known as "Oogie Mow". I'm an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation and I have a Dream of one day being a professional bullfighter.

I will always remember the day I wanted to become a bullfighter.......

Kaysen Brown

My name is Kaysen Brown and I am ten years old. I am proud to be part of the Dinè (Navajo) the Zuni People clan born from the Water Edge People Clan. I come from the Great Navajo Nation, from a little cowboy community called Steamboat Arizona. I Am being raised by both of my Grandparents, Bert and Charlotte Willard.

I currently go to school at Ganado Intermediate School in Ganado, Arizona and in the fourth grade. I enjoy learning different subjects in school and have earned many high honor academic awards with 4.0 GPA. I also have been riding for seven and half years now. My first event was wooly riding when I was two and half years old. Since then I grew into calf riding, and currently in the steer riding and mini bulls event.

My favorite Quote is by Tuff Hedeman; "When things get tough, Bear Down, Try Hard, and Never Quit, Never!" I try to use this quote in my daily endeavors to accomplish my goals in life.

My favorite person that I look up to is my Grandpa Bert Willard. He taught me what he knows about bull riding, which is mostly about the basic technique and trying to be a humble person with good behavior and attitude. I enjoy running, exercising, herding sheep, and practicing the drop barrel to prepare myself to be better than the person who I was from yesterday.

People acknowledge me as a good role model in and out of the arena. If someone asks me for advice on how to start competing in the world of bull riding or other, I usually inform them by saying “If you start something, you have to finish it”.

My goals in life is to try and become a World Champ in the bull riding event because I've never owned a gold buckle yet also become a stock contractor.

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Bre'zhon Paul Spang

Bre’zhon Paul Spang, 16 year old Sophomore at Lame Deer High School.

A Chief’s child, descending from Chief Spotted Wolf.

Parents: The late Terry Spottedwolf, Jr. and Kyle Alandra Spang

Siblings: Tamia Rose, Destynee Rose, Asia Lynai, Shad Stockton

Dad’s side: Terry III, Jaissa, Sossity Uncles: Trey, Alijah, Race, CJ, Bryce,Dylan

Aunts: Tomi, Ali, Leila Cousins:Dylani , Xavian, Braylyn, Aunbraya, Tyren, Jarietta, Alannie, Race Jr. Nephew: Kaizyn

Grandparents; Clyde & Paula Wolfblack Bentley & Dyani Spang

Northern Cheyenne from Busby Montana Chippewa Cree descendant of the Big Knife’s of Rocky Boy Montana

Accomplishments:

2022 Rocky Mountain Region Jr. Bull Riding Champion 2023 Rocky Mountain Region Jr. Bull Riding Reserve Champion 2x Youth Bull Riding World Finals Qualifier 2X Junior World Finals Qualifier 2X Indian National Finals Qualifier Crowley Wyoming Jr. Bull Champion Flathead River INFR Jr. Bull champion Flandreau INFR Jr Bull Champion

Native American Traditional Dancer Quote: “A small town boy with big time dreams

Tyren Stewart

Hi, My Name is Tyren Stewart. I’m a proud member of the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Tribe. I am 14 years old. Currently in the 8th grade, at Hardin Middle in Hardin, MT. I live in Crow Agency MT. I started riding calves at the age of 5 and just grew from there. I’ve been riding Jr bulls for 2 years now. I also play basketball, football, and cross country. Enjoy being around anything to do with Rodeo or Ranching.

My parents are CJ and Tomi Stewart and my younger sister Jarietta have always been my biggest supporters in and out of the arena. I always have to give my family recognition for all I do, with out them I wouldn’t be where I am today. From Work To traveling for Rodeos or basketball all weekend, they always manage to get me to where I need to be. My mother is a member of the N. Cheyenne and Chippewa Cree Tribe. And my Dad is Crow and N. Cheyenne Tribe.

My maternal side I decent from the N. Cheyenne War Chief WoodenLeg.

My Grandparents, Thomas Woodenlegs, Paula and Clyde WolfBlack, Jay and Janice Doney. And the late Clinton Stewart Sr. All have always been awesome supporters and proud of all my accomplishments.

My dreams and goals are Riding pro in PRCA and the PBR and becoming a World Champion Bull Rider. I would also like to build my own Ranch and raise bucking bulls.

My favorite quote:

If you want to be the best, You have to ride the best ~ JB Mauney

Bull Riding Accomplishments:

-2x INFR Jr Bull Rider Qualifier

-2023 Polson INFR Jr Bull Rider champion.

-2023 Ft.Hall INFR Jr Bull Rider champion.

-4x Crow Fair Steer Riding Champion.

-WJRA Steer Riding Finals Qualifier

-N. Cheyenne Rodeo Series Steer Riding champion.

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Shylar Augare

Hello my name is Shylar Augare, I am 8 years old in second grade and attend Browning Elementary. My hobbies are gaming, arts & crafts, playing outside, and riding horses. If im not up doing either of these things you can catch me spending time with my family.

My goal is to become an all around athlete, and to continue my education at an ivy league school in hopes of becoming a Doctor.

This will be my first time entering mini bulls. I am extremely excited and looking forward to this new experience as this will help boost my confidence to continue on the rodeo trail in the near future! I am striving to become just as great of a cowboy as my seasoned relatives before me, especially my dad!

Daniel McNeely Jr.

My name is Daniel McNeely Jr., I’m 14 years old and enrolled in the Blackfeet Tribe. I was born in Browning, MT and raised in East Glacier Park on the Blackfeet Reservation. I’m an 8th grader at East Glacier Park Grade School and will be graduating soon and entering the Browning High School in the fall.

I take a lot of pride in my education, I have good grades and great attendance. I’m an athlete involved in basketball and wrestling in the fall/winter. In my free time I enjoy working out, riding horses, breaking colts, spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and rodeo.

I have placed in multiple summer rodeos, taking 1st place at the Native American Indian Days Rodeo 2023 as the Jr Bull Rider Champion and placed 1st at the Brash Rodeo Bull Bash in the steer riding, taking home a buckle for both.

I’m dedicated and focused on my goals to become a champion bull rider. Im very determined to make my dream come true with as much hard work and effort as it takes to get there. I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve had this far from both of my parents and am looking forward to the future support from Hell’s Half Acre Rodeo and Two Powers Collective Inc. I believe I can accomplish a lot in rodeo and feel that I’ll be able to achieve my dreams with your support!

Thank you very much, Daniel McNeely Jr.

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Roy Mad Plume

Roy Mad Plume is a distinguished Legacy Leader for the Our Ancestral Legacy Initiative, embodying the spirit and dedication of his ancestors while forging a path of excellence in his own right. From his early years, Roy has shown an exceptional commitment to his faith, family, education, and athletics, always guided by his personal motto: "God first, then family, then school."

As a freshman at Browning High School, Roy made an immediate impact on the varsity basketball team, the Browning Running Indians. His skill, determination, and leadership on the court quickly marked him as a standout player, earning the respect of his teammates, coaches, and community.

Beyond his athletic prowess, Roy is deeply committed to his academic and personal growth. He consistently strives for excellence in his studies, understanding the importance of education in achieving his long-term goals. His dedication extends to his role in the Our Ancestral Legacy Initiative, where he works tirelessly to honor and preserve the rich cultural heritage of his people.

Roy's unwavering faith serves as the foundation for his pursuits. He actively participates in his church community, finding strength and guidance through his spiritual beliefs. His devotion to his family is equally profound, as he draws inspiration and support from his loved ones in all aspects of his life.

Tonaya Sinclair

Oki (Hello), My name is Tonaya Sinclair, my Blackfeet name is “Little Otter Woman”, Pooks-emonii-saa-kii. I am from Browning, MT, born and raised. I am a candidate for the Miss Montana USA pageant for 2024-2025. The reason that I have decided to run for the pageant is because I am proud of being from Montana and I am super proud of being Indigenous and being from the beautiful Blackfeet Tribe. I am an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe and have been raised with traditional Blackfeet values. My platform is my strong passion to bring awareness and prevention to Suicide in Montana, and also the MMIW campaign. Here on our Blackfeet reservation, we have suffered with both tragedies and I want to bring awareness to everyone. I also want to be a positive role model for all the kids to know that anything they put their mind to they can accomplish with hard work and commitment. It is not always easy, but sure is worth it at the finish line. I know that I would make a perfect Miss Montana USA 2024-2025, because being indigenous is beautiful. I feel that it is really good to know where you come from and know history of your ancestors. So being a native American I know the meaning and beauty of Mother Earth and the Creator. I have heard stories my entire life on knowing how to keep your feet grounded and know that keeping your spirit and mind clean will benefit you on your journey thru this lifetime. My career choice is going to cosmetology school in the fall and after completing classes I would love to open up my own shop. It is my ambition to be able to help people look and feel good about themselves. It has been a dream to serve people with the passion for life that I have and to let people know that no matter what their circumstances are THEY MATTER. I lost a close relative to suicide a few years ago and it set me back mentally for awhile. Now it is my passion to help those who struggle with mental health issues to be aware that there are resources available to them at any time of the day or night. My parents are Tony and Jodi Sinclair, Sr. My parents are both members of the Blackfeet Tribe. Both of my parents’ work for the Blackfeet Tribe, my dad works for the Tribal EPA and my mom works with the Blackfeet Tobacco Prevention Program. I am 19 years old and am planning on moving to Great Falls or Kalispell to attend Cosmetology school in the future. It has always been a passion of mine to be able to help others feel good about themselves. It is something that I enjoy. I am hoping to open up my own shop after I graduate from cosmetology school. I am asking for sponsorship or donations, I have worked really hard on fundraisers and have still not met my goal. I would greatly accept Donations and Sponsorships at this time. The pageant is a few weeks away and I still need assistance with Travel Expenses, Gowns, Hotels, Hair and Makeup . I would like to thank you in advance. Also, keep our state and people in your thoughts and prayers always. KIAKITAMATSIN (See you Later) <3

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