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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rodeo to unite Indians, cowboys

Team plans to expand Casa Grande event to honor four local tribes, while O'Odham Tash's next move uncertain

Plans to expand Casa Grande Cowboy Days are being made, and a leadership team has been assembled as business and civic leaders in the city build on a successful first effort in February.

The nine-day event includes the relocated Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Pro Classic team roping competition, for more than 20 years a staple at the annual Tucson Rodeo. It also includes a Canadian roping event, ranch rodeo and senior roping events. An all-Indian rodeo is planned for 2012 because organizers believe that O’Odham Tash, the 43-year-old all-Indian rodeo begun in Casa Grande, could move again — perhaps out of Pinal County — after holding it at the Pinal County Fairgrounds in February.

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