Our Sacred Ceremonies|
The Lipan Apache Tribe’s Badger Run
About the 2019 Badger Runners
Meet the 2019 Badger Runners
- George Ozuna (North, White Badger, Leader),
- Ashley Leal (West, Yellow Badger),
- Enrique Cuevas (South, Blue Badger)
- Victoria Martinez-Soto (East, Black Badger)
North White Badger: George Ozuna:|
George graduated from high school in 2017 and is now attending South Texas College (STC) where he is studying cultural anthropology.
He is 19 years old. On his spare time, George travels with tribal representatives for cultural and other official events.
He attends Native church where he plays and sings
at the native drum.
West Yellow Badger: Ashley Leal:|
Ashley has been a fancy shawl dancer since she was a young girl. She obtained her master's degree from UTRGV in Interdisciplinary Studies and
now works for a non-profit serving
military families. She currently resides in Harlingen with her husband and two sons. Ashley is very honored to run in the spring ceremonial Badger Run.
South Blue Badger: Enrique Cuevas:|
This is Enrique's second year as the Blue Badger for the ceremonial Badger Run. He
attends Edcouch-Elsa ISD and is a senior this year. Enrique plans to attend Texas State Technical College (TSTC) where he
will study Applied Science for Dental Hygiene. He attends Native church where he plays and sings at the native drum.
Black South Badger: Victoria Martinez-Soto:|
Victoria is a native of the Rio Grande Valley, born and raised in McAllen.
She began dancing at the age of one and is active as a fancy shawl dancer. She is currently a Physician Assistant, practicing
out of Harlingen in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She loves spending time with her husband of 6 years
and her fur babies--Brady the English Bulldog and Storm the Great Dane. She also has a leopard gecko named Reptar who Victoria
says "is my introvert." Victoria is passionate about football; her favorite team is the New England Patriots! In her
spare time, if she is not playing with her dogs or watching football, you can find her running down the Second Street running trail
in McAllen or reading a good book on her hammock.