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Indigenous mushers sweep the top three spots for the first time in 50 years

Mar 16, 2023 09:49AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Inupiaq musher Ryan Redington poses with his lead dogs Sven, left, and Ghost, after he won the 2023 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 in Nome, Alaska. Redington, 40, is the grandson of Joe Redington Sr., who helped co-found the arduous race across Alaska that was first held in 1973. Redington kicked off what would be an Indigenous sweep of the race, with Peter Kaiser, Yup'ik, and Richie Diehl, Dena’ina Athabascan, coming in second and third, respectively. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

By Richard Arlin Walker - ICT - March 15, 2023

The one-two-three finish for Alaska Natives puts an Indigenous cultural stamp on the Iditarod, considered to be the premier sled dog race in the Americas. And that’s important, because interest in mushing has waned since the snowmachine was introduced to rural Alaska in the mid-20th century.

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Related: Ryan Redington wins the 2023 Iditarod, his first victory of the iconic race
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