Grand Marshal

101 Wild West Rodeo





The 60th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo

June 6 - 8, 2018

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Work Sessions

Work will continue through this year and next on improvements to the 101 Wild West Rodeo Arena. Volunteers are always welcome.





RETURNING THIS YEAR: Barrelman - Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford & Specialty Act - Amanda J. Payne




The 2018 Grand Marshal: Geoffrey M. Standing Bear - Principal Chief of the Osage Nation

The 101 Wild West Rodeo Committee has announced the 2018 rodeo parade’s grand marshal - Geoffrey M. Standing Bear - Principal Chief of the Osage Nation. The parade will begin its eastward march on Grand Avenue from Oak Street beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9. The annual kid’s rodeo, located on the Ponca City Library lawn, will immediately begin after the parade.


Geoffrey M. Standing Bear was elected as Principal Chief of the Osage Nation in 2014. Before this he was a member of the Osage Legislature which is called the Osage Nation Congress.

Chief Standing Bear has 37 years of law experience practicing mostly in Oklahoma. He filed the first federal gaming case in Oklahoma for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in 1984. He later filed a case to reestablish tribal courts in eastern Oklahoma, also for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Both cases had successful conclusions. In 1987 he accepted a position as Economic Development attorney for the Navajo Nation and then became Special Counsel to the Chairman. Chief Standing Bear has represented many other tribes in his career, including the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, Ponca, Otoe-Missouri, Cheyenne-Arapaho, Pawnee, and others. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Oklahoma Super Lawyers, and Chambers and Partners.

In 2017, Chief Standing Bear was recognized by Oklahoma Magazine as an Oklahoman of the Year for his leadership of the Osage Nation. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. He and his wife Julie have been married over 40 years and they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Chief Standing Bear believes the best way to build a new productive Native American society is for all parts of the community to invest heavily in youth to provide a strong cultural and language environment, healthy food and lifestyle choices, and an education based on language, culture, science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

He believes key to development of our youth is interaction with the teachings of the elders. Many times he has spoken as an advocate for healthy, educated, secure and technologically skilled communities. His dedication to the concept of Native American sovereignty has been proven.

The 59th annual 101 Wild West Rodeo will begin its 3-night run June 7 and conclude June 9. Performances begin at 8 p.m. and are held at the rodeo grounds located at Ash and Prospect. A family barbecue, free with rodeo ticket purchase, as well as dancing to live music after each rodeo performance are among the many extra activities.



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