Native American Reservation Riders in Arizona

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  1. donmoto

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    Is riding big on the rez? I was supposed to do a one month stint of collaborative research on the Leech Lake Reservation in May with David Treuer, author of "Rez Life," but my university cancelled it. In place of that research, I was thinking about researching riding on reservations, specifically in Arizona. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing, or if it's a topic worth exploring? All the anthropology professors I've asked, along with Treuer, said something along the lines of, that's really interesting, but I have no idea. I'd really appreciate all the advice I can get, even if it's, "that's a miserable idea."
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    Back in the final days of the horse culture there was this fellow named Custer that had the same idea,"Let's ride across the rez and see what happens"-------I'm sure that you remember him a the lead advertiser for Arrow Shirts :lol3

    Wandering off on Native Lands is not a good idea unless you are willing to spend time with BIA,Tribal Councils, Native Law enforcement,and a cast of thousands to acquire permission & there is no guarantee of safe passage that will help you get to where you want to go.

    Yes you can legally traverse native lands on federal,state county & BIA roads other than that ------- Good Luck
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    I don't even know why they call it Custer's last stand.

    He was laying face down in the dirt last I recall. :lol3
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    He was laying face down in the dirt last I recall. :lol3[/QUOTE]



    With no ear drums so that he might better hear the words of the people & the Great Spirit

    Lessons to be learned here, even today leaders don't listen to the people
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  5. AZ TOM

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    I ride the Res often. I stay on the main BIA roads. I often talk to the local people & have always had a positive experience. In my 72 years on this planet, 50 of which spent riding motorcycles respect for the rights of others has taken me far, & served me well.
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    From your experience, is there a riding culture on the rez? I would be riding as part of my undergrad research - my contacts in academia, even those who are Native American themselves (albeit from other reservations) can't confirm nor deny the presence of a motorcycling and more specifically a dirt/adventuring culture on the Rez. Sure I'd love to do a few weeks of riding in az for the sake of, but it's the riding culture I'd be researching.
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    No riding culture on the Res. by it's residents I have ever observed, but can in no way confirm it doesn't exist.
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    AZ Tom you definitely have a point, but without some sort of evidence this topic is going to be a tough one for me to get approved by the Anthro department as a valid research topic. If you see anything though, don't hesitate to let me know! I can always do some informal research that can lead to something bigger.
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    Will do.
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    Get me some research money and Tom and I will ride the Navajo Rez for a couple of weeks then report back. Promise.

    There was a native inmate (female?) that posted a couple of nice indian country ride reports. My search-fu is weak so I'll never find them again.


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    abqcookie?

    Here?

    And here?



    Not had a problem the few times I've ridden the dirt on tribal lands. I make sure I know the rules and have the permits when required.





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    ADV Rider & it's inmates, the best.:clap:clap:clap
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  13. donmoto

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    HAHA let me see if USC will wire you a couple g's over paypal :lol3
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  14. donmoto

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    awesome this is the sort of thing I was looking for thanks! :1drink
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    You will not find a better human being than ABQcookie. :nod
    However, she's a teacher and a busy mom so if she doesn't answer you promptly it's because she's got a million things on her plate. Just a heads up.
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    thanks for all the references everyone! this is just the sort of thing I needed to be able to get an idea off the ground and make it become realistic.
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