For the September edition of We are the World Blogfest, I am focusing in on a cyclist who has become the first tribally recognized Native North American to participate in the Tour de France, a multiple stage bike race, which was held from August 29 to September 20, 2020. The modern-day edition of the Tour de France consists of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period and cover around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 mi), an average of about 167 kilometers (105 mi) each day.
The cyclist’s name is Neilson Powless, 24 years of age, one-quarter Oneida Indian, who lives in California. He rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Pro Cycling and you can read his story and about him HERE and HERE.
The Oneida Indian Nation tribe is headquartered in New York, where the tribe originated and held its historic territory long before European colonialism. Three other federally recognized Oneida tribes operate in locations where they migrated and were removed to during and after the American Revolutionary War: One in northeastern Wisconsin in the United States, and two in Ontario, Canada.
Neilson did well for his first time at the Tour de France and shared this tidbit:
“My main hope is that I can be a positive role model for young indigenous kids who have a lot going against them. I think finishing the Tour de France is a testament to years of hard work and dedication to a lifelong dream. Hopefully I can help drive kids to setting their mind to a goal and going after it.”
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