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Published on February 28th, 2013 | by Gideon Lupine

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What is the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association (AIRCA)?

AIRCA All Indian Rodeo Cowboys AssociationThe All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association (AIRCA) was known as the All Indian Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in the past. This is a Native American organization which solely promotes Indian rodeos.

Throughout the year, the organization sponsors a variety of local rodeos – most of them in the state of Arizona. That being said, each and every event plays a part in leading up to the National Finals rodeo in which the top performers compete for top prizes. To become a competitor in the finals, a performer must have competed in at least 30 events throughout the year.

The All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association works closely with several other organizations including the New Mexico Rodeo Association (NMRA) and Central Navajo Rodeo Association (CNRA).

All Indian Rodeo Association Trophy Belt BuckleThe All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association is headquartered in St. Michaels, Arizona.

Standings are kept for a variety of events including: All Around, Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Ladies Break Away, Ladies Barrel Racing, Open Team Roping, Senior Break Away, Junior Barrel Racing, Junior Bull Riding, and Team Roping.

Prize money is awarded at every event and tallied on the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association website. The top performers in this organization take home an annual payout in the range of $10k. While this is not as much as other organizations, it is enough to keep members coming back for more.

International Indian Finals Rodeo

The International Indian Finals Rodeo is the event that members look forward to all year. This is when the best of the best come together to keep for the crown. The main goal of the International Indian Finals Rodeo is to promote the overall mission of the rodeo to current member, those who are thinking of joining, the sports media, and the public as a whole. With this event, the next generation of rodeo competitors is in position to showcase their talent.

The International Indian Finals Rodeo is made up of several associations from both the United States and Canada. Each year, these associations send their best representatives to compete for Indian World Titles in a variety of events including: Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Ladies Break Away, Ladies Barrel Racing, Open Team Roping, Senior Break Away, Junior Barrel Racing, Junior Bull Riding, and Team Roping.

As the name suggests, the International Indian Finals Rodeo consists only of those of Indian Heritage. Those who participate must be able to prove their heritage by providing documentation from a Federally Recognized First Nation or Tribe.

To ensure the current well being of the organization as well as the long term viability, the International Indian Finals Rodeo is managed by a Board of Directors. The board meets regularly to review current strategies and plan for the future.

Mission of the International Indian Finals Rodeo

The International Indian Finals Rodeo has the mission of contributing to the Indian Heritage and culture while unifying Indian contestants.

The organization is also organized and designed to promote relationships between existing associations in both the United States and Canada.

Goals include:

  • Maintain regard for livestock
  • Preserve Indian Heritage
  • Offer the privilege of bonding with others

With the help of the International Indian Finals Rodeo, the First Nations youth can continue to pursue personal, professional, and creative goals.

Some of the associations that make up the International Indian Finals Rodeo include: All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association, Prairie Indian Rodeo Association, Central Navajo Rodeo Association, Reservation Rodeo Cowboys Association, Bear Paw Indian Rodeo Association, Western Indian Rodeo and Exhibition Association, and North American Indian Rodeo Association.

For many years, the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association has been holding events throughout the western part of the United States. With the ultimate goal of reaching the International Indian Finals Rodeo, many people of Indian descent have joined this organization. Even if they fall short of reaching the Finals, there are other benefits that make membership worthwhile.

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