News Release – Diné College Student Athletes Qualify for INFR

Nine-time INFR World Champion and Diné College Rodeo Coach, Ed Holyan.
Nine-time INFR World Champion and Diné College Rodeo Coach, Ed Holyan.

Diné College Student Athletes Qualify for INFR


October 19, 2021

TSAILE, Ariz. — Diné College rodeo athletes Cody Jesus and Keanna Dedman qualify for the 2021 Indian National Finals Rodeo.

The 2021 Indian National Finals Rodeo will be held in Las Vegas, NV from October 19-23, 2021. Diné College student, Cody Jesus qualified for bull riding and Keanna Dedman qualified for barrel racing. The Diné College rodeo team is coached by Nine-time Indian National Finals Rodeo World Champion, Ed Holyan.

Keanna Dedman has been on the Dinè College Rodeo team since the Fall 2019 semester. Keanna is pursuing an Associate of Science degree in General Science. Cody Jesus recently joined the Warriors Rodeo team this Fall 2021 semester. Cody is pursuing an Associate of Science in Health Occupation. Both student athletes will be competing on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 around 7pm.

Diné College strives to improve the quality of life for our people and our Nation by offering a quality education. Cody Jesus and Keanna Dedman are two examples of student athletes who are utilizing their skills in rodeo to also obtain their degree.

“Rodeo is just one way to help get a degree. You can be anything, do anything, and still get your degree at Diné College. We are here to help you,” said Diné College President, Charles “Monty” Roessel.

Diné College currently offers the rodeo, archery, and cross-country programs. “Athletics is an essential part of the education process; it offers a confident and purposeful experience that will strengthen the growth and development of our Diné athletes,” said Diné College Athletic Director, Shawn Frank.

Diné College is a four-year tribal college located on the Navajo reservation with six campuses and two microsites across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah and primarily serves Navajo students. The school offers 20 bachelor degrees, 16 associate degrees, and 6 certificate programs. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The College, established in 1968, is the first tribal college and was formerly named Navajo Community College.


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