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  • Being the first born grandchild on my moms side of the family, I always got a lot of attention by everyone in the family. I was everyones baby, especially my Uncle Dallas'. From the start him and I had an automatic connection due to the fact my mom decided to name me after him, Shelby Dallas Clifford. I think my uncle was only like a freshman or sophomore in high school when i came around and from what i was told, he treated me like his own.

    Dallas had a dog named Bronco when i was about two years old and by the sounds of it, me and that dog were buddies, or so they thought. One day he turned on me, my parents and my uncle; turned on all of us. My mother and father came outside to see my face torn to shreds and Bronco with the blood around his mouth, with anger still in his stance. My Uncle Dallas knew it was going to be hard, but he also knew something had to be done. Reading about this later on in life I learned that Uncle Dallas and my dad had ran Bronco down later that day and Dallas shot him with his own gun. But the things he's done and accomplished to gain my respect still has not come to a stopping point.

    In 2009, Dallas did the unthinkable and proved everyone wrong who ever doubted him. He brought home the title of an INFR World Champion Calf Roper. I always knew he could do it. He taught me everything I now know about horses and rodeo. I'll never forget how proud the whole community was of him. He represented our people in the most respectable and proud way you could imagine possible; not only our family, but the Lakota people.
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