Lerner Publishing Group

Let 'er Buck!: George Fletcher, the People's Champion


In 1911, three men were in the final round of the famed Pendleton Round-Up. One was white, one was Native American, and one was Black. When the judges declared the white man the winner, the audience was outraged. They named Black cowboy George Fletcher the "people's champion" and took up a collection ultimately giving Fletcher far more than the value of the prize that went to the official winner!