Big Horn Native Wins National Writing Award

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Big Horn Native Greg Nickerson will be honored by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for a historic piece on Native Americans in the Sheridan WYO Rodeo in the early 1950s.

Nickerson will receive the Outstanding Magazine Article Wrangler Award at a Ceremony on April 14, that will be emceed by actors Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross.

According to a news release issued by the University of Wyoming, the winning article, titled “All-American Indian Days and the Miss Indian America Pageant,” was published in the summer 2017 issue of Montana The Magazine of Western History. The article tells the story of the creation of the All-American Indian Days and the Miss Indian America Pageant at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo in the early 1950s. During this period, Indians from reservations in southern and eastern Montana often traveled to Sheridan to shop, yet they faced prejudice from Main Street businesses that refused to serve them.

Nickerson, who is a Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit associate research scientist at the University of Wyoming, said that the article and award really is a tribute to the Sheridan volunteers and American Indians who put on the Miss Indian America Pageant from 1953 to 1984.