Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rodeo on the Rez.(Final)

Byline: Leslie Linthicum Journal Staff Writer

Event breaks up summer and gives people the chance to see the pros on home ground

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July Navajo style? With rodeo, basketball, frybread and a little more rodeo, of course.

Rodeos, the center of the Navajo good life, pop up all over the reservation just about every weekend. But professional rodeo -- a sanctioned event of the professional Rodeo Cowboys Association -- comes to the rez only once a year, on this long holiday weekend.

The big names of the PRCA are enough to draw 15,000 spectators to the Navajo Nation fairgrounds in the reservation capital of Window Rock, Ariz. …

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