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Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo

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The Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo has been an event here in Reno for 16 + years. The expo is a place for mustang and burro owners to show off all the hard work they and their once wild equine have put in together to achieve a cohesive partnership, in an environment that pays tribute to these once wild animals. The expo is also a tool that allows us to educate the public, and increase their appreciation of these magnificent animals, both in the wild and in captivity.

The expo is Aug. 20 – 22, at the Reno Livestock Event Center. This year, to bring in more non mustang people, we are promoting our event as a Western Heritage and Mustang/Burro show. As we sat down and outlined our ideas on how to create a Western Event that would be both fun and educational, we realized that history was staring us right in the face, and we hadn’t seen it before; The history of the American Indians is tightly woven with the history of our Mustangs. Our search to bring American Indians to our event is how our paths crossed with Dr. Robert Primeaux, and thus our plan became a tangible reality.

On behalf of the Western States Wild Horse and Burro Expo, we would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our event.

My name is Robert Lee Primeaux aka (Indian Bob) I’m an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

My contact information: Robert L. Primeaux, 820 Cartwright Road, Reno, NV 89521; Home Phone: 775-847-7322; Cell Phone : 661-406-7171; My email address is: robertprimeaux@sbcglobal.net

My great, great Grandfather Louis Primeau, was Sitting Bull’s interpreter and the interpreter for the federal government to the people of Standing Rock. Grandpa Louis was a mixed blood half-French and half Lakota. I’m working on my Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration and am also a former rodeo cowboy in the 1970’s and 1980’s. I’m also a Vietnam veteran having served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam inn 1969-1970. I took third in the Steer Wrestling at the North American Indian Rodeo Finals in Tulsa, OK in 1977. I also qualified to compete in the Saddle Bronc Riding at the event in Tulsa.

My mother was the enrollment clerk for Standing Rock for about 10 years, and she has told me how to research Indian heritage of people.

I really have two stories, my associates back on Standing Rock have been invited to attend and do clinics how we as Lakota people trained horses for hundreds of years the true Lakota way. We will perform these clinics at the National Wild Horse and Burro Expo in Reno, NV in August. We will also perform some traditional Lakota horse games at the Expo.



Another story from Robert Lee Primeaux

I’m a 20 year member of the Screen Actors Guild, and a former member of the National Screen Actors Guild Board of Directors in 1994-1995 in my first year of eligibility. From that time on I have witnessed so many incidents of non-Indians wanting to be Indian especially in Hollywood for one reason only: for their own personal financial benefit!

Most recently, I was producing a movie about Jackson Sundown with my partner Katherine Wilson of Eugene, OR. I met Katherine in November of 1993 at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, CA. I was wearing my cowboy hat and a fringed leather jacket my Aunt made for me from Standing Rock. Katherine walked up to me and asked me if I wanted to play Jackson Sundown. I immediatly said, “yes!” So, I wrote a 27 page treatment or story of Jackson’s life and Katherine went through many rewrites of the script, “Blanket of the Sun.” She would call me repeatedly about the Indian culture, and about being a rodeo cowboy.

Now, 17 years later, Katherine is claiming to be American Indian but cannot prove her heritage. Katherine saw the Twilight movie, and she wanted Alex Meraz to play Jackson Sundown as a young man, so, I researched his Mexican Indian heritage, and the country of Mexico does not recognize their Indian people as we do here in the US and Canada. They are considered Mexican citizens. So, I told this; story to Gary Busey, and Gary said it would be like Santa Anna playing Davy Crockett. My main concern about people saying they are Indian when they are not deprives real American Indians from pursuing their dream in the movie industry.

I would like Indian Country Today to do a real story on the subject I gave above. I have many more stories about non-Indians wanting to be Indian in Hollywood. I hope you will find this topic of real interest.

These stories have a 700-800 word range with a deadline of May 14.


If interested in these stories e-mail me at kpolisse@indiancountry.com [Subject line: Robert Lee Primeaux stories]