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Native Sun News: Young Lakota man rides to world championship

Jordan “Slick” Phelps competes at the 2015 Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Alice Phelps

Two time World Champion bull rider ‘Slick’ Phelps
By Ernestine Chasing Hawk
Native Sun News Editor

THUNDER VALLEY –– Oglala Sioux Tribal member Jordan “Slick” Phelps has been viewing the world from the topside of bull since he was 4 years old.

Now at 19, that experience has transformed him into becoming a two time World Champion Bull Rider.

“I grew up on a ranch raising cows. One day my dad put me on a calf and I was addicted,” Phelps said from his home in Thunder Valley on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. “I kept getting on after that. I knew I wanted to be a bull rider when I was little and I’ve been chasing my dreams ever since. It’s working out so far.”

Every year since then, the daring little cowboy participated in the 3 Mile Creek Rodeo School, run by Dale and Mona Vocu, gaining experience from some of Lakota countries top rodeo contestants.

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