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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.......

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

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

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 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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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!

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 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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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.

Tonaya Sinclair

Oki (Hello),My name is Tonaya Sinclair, my Blackfeet name is“Little Otter Woman”, Pooks-emonii-saa-kii. I amfrom Browning, MT, born and raised. I am acandidate for the Miss Montana USA pageant for2024-2025. The reason that I have decided to runfor the pageant is because I am proud of beingfrom Montana and I am super proud of beingIndigenous and being from the beautiful BlackfeetTribe. I am an enrolled member of the BlackfeetTribe and have been raised with traditionalBlackfeet values. My platform is my strong passionto bring awareness and prevention to Suicide in Montana, and also the MMIW campaign. Hereon our Blackfeet reservation, we have suffered with both tragedies and I want to bringawareness to everyone.I also want to be a positive role model for all the kids to know that anything they put their mindto they can accomplish with hard work and commitment. It is not always easy, but sure isworth 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. Ihave heard stories my entire life on knowing how to keep your feet grounded and know thatkeeping 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 wouldlove to open up my own shop. It is my ambition to be able to help people look and feel goodabout themselves. It has been a dream to serve people with the passion for life that I have andto let people know that no matter what their circumstances are THEY MATTER. 

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NABI Tourney Team

Artist: Alden Spoonhunter

Two Powers Basketball

2024 MarJon Beauchamp All-Native Tournament

Native basketball tournament in Seattle, Washington.  Our team consists of 10 young men from the Blackfeet Nation, who will represent Two Powers Land Collective and the Runnin' Indians. Your support goes directly to; jerseys, registration fee, and travel costs. Thank you for supporting these young men as they serve as role models to Blackfeet youth and beyond!

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.

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Bookakii
Rita Bustos

Get to Know Bookakii

We are pleased to introduce an outstanding young Blackfeet lady, Bookakii Rita Bustos! Bookakii is our newest Legacy Leader and we will be supporting her as she chases her dreams in Women’s Roughstock Riding. At Two Powers Land Collective we believe in the healing power of our horse relatives. Bookakii is an outstanding young woman who serves as a mentor and positive role model for Indigenous youth.

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