For Keira, going to Native American rodeos on the Indian National Finals Rodeo tour has been her way of connecting with other Native American people. She's developed a makeshift family at INFR rodeos with whom she can joke around using "Native humor" - sarcastic, loud and full of laughter. She can share the Native experience in America with them, and learn about different tribes and practices along the way.
But even then, she doesn't feel fully at home. Her identity is liminal, somewhere between a white woman and a Little Shell woman. At INFR rodeos, she says, she feels white compared to everyone else. At other rodeos, she sometimes feels acutely aware of her darker skin and hair, and the stereotypes that come with her appearance. "They probably look at me and they think, 'Oh, she's just Native.'"