NATIVE HOPE CHAMPIONS: Riding for the Missing

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls pandemic is a widespread crisis that primarily exists under the radar. At the Indian National Finals Rodeo, or INFR, participants used their platform to shed light on this issue.
Through a production of our sister station, FNX- First Nations Experience, we have this report, drawn from an 8-minute short film that was shot at the 2022 Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR) in Las Vegas.

Riders participating in the Native American “Indian” Rodeo Circuit share their thoughts and their efforts on raising awareness for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls pandemic that is affecting the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and many Latin American Countries.
“Riding for the Missing” is a free standing program, but acts as a tentative first installment of a proposed series entitled “Native Hope Champions.”
This reporting was supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation’s Fund for Indigenous Journalists: Reporting on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit and Transgender People (MMIWG2T).


Directed by Sahar Khadjenoury, Frank Blanquet

Sahar Khadjenoury (Navajo) has worked as a producer in Film and Television for both Indigenous and Non Indigenous production companies. Sahar has lived and worked in Los Angeles, China, the Philippines, and Italy, and traveled though-out Asia before returning to school at the University of Utah to complete her Bachelors of Fine Art in Film and Media Studies. Traveling and living abroad gave her a world view outside of her upbringing growing up on the Navajo Nation Reservation.

Frank Blanquet (Yucatec Maya) grew up in the humble heart of Hollywood, California. He is an award-winning content Producer and Director of Television for First Nations Experience. Blanquet’s documentary and journalism works have been featured nationally on PBS, Public Television, NBC and The Learning Channel as well as NPR radio stations across the country. He was part of the team that in 2011 helped to launch the FNX Channel (@FNXTV) as the first National Native American Television Channel in the United States.


Sahar Khadjenoury, Frank Blanquet


Sahar Khadjenoury, Frank Blanquet



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