October 22nd, 2015 Last Updated on: October 22nd, 2015
It's hard to believe that it wasn't long ago that you would be denied service at a store based solely upon your skin color or ethnicity. Yet this is what many of our grandparents and great-grandparents had to deal with on a daily basis. In the 1950s there really were signs hanging in the storefront windows of Sheridan, Wyoming that said No Dogs or Indians Allowed! It took the election of a Crow woman (Lucy Yellowmule) as rodeo queen to spark an effort to take down the signs.
In a new documentary by Wyoming-based filmmaker Gregory Nickerson, he takes a look at the Miss Indian America pageant, which was launched by Sheridan residents in the 1950s to combat discrimination. Also, Wyoming Chronicle visits with Zane Garstad and Nick Siddle about the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, its history, its success and its future.
To learn more about the film visit http://www.wyofile.com/brief/miss-indian-america-film-air-wyoming-pbs/
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