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Diné College rodeo program looks to rebuild

‘I just had a dream that I wanted to be a bull rider. As soon as I woke up going to school, I told my mom I wanted to ride bulls. She thought it was the craziest thing’

For riders like Cody Jesus, rodeo riding comes naturally living on the Navajo Nation.

“I just had a dream that I wanted to be a bull rider. As soon as I woke up going to school, I told my mom I wanted to ride bulls. She thought it was the craziest thing," Jesus said.

The Diné College Rodeo team is building back after COVID and other financial hits to the program. The team has been credited in the past with helping to put Diné on the map and recruit students from across the country.

The college is located in the Navajo Nation where rodeo is the most popular sport. 

The rodeo program used to be a bright spot for the school, but recent budget cuts and a COVID shutdown have forced the once rodeo stronghold to rebuild their team. — Zachary Larsen, Cronkite News

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