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Indian Country's Kentucky Derby: Exciting And Dangerous Relay Race Grabs Hold of Tradition

Photo of rider changing horses.
Russel Daniels for KUER
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Jon Marc Skunkcap jumps from one horse to the next while his teammate steadies the animal during an Indian relay race in Fort Hall, Idaho on July 3. Indian relay has been described as America's first extreme sport by promoters.

It’s called America’s first extreme sport. It’s certainly old … and extreme. Each summer on the Fort Hall reservation in southeastern Idaho, Shoshone Bannock tribal members are gear up for Indian relay. KUER's Mountain West News Bureau reporter Nate Hegyi attended the event early this month.

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