Posted January 11, 2022 in Rapid City, Overton, Hay Springs, Rushville, Cozad, Crawford, Thedford, Chadron, Blue Springs, Sidney, Clatonia, Lincoln, Cody, Beatrice, Harrison, Valentine, Martin, Elwood, Merriman
Security First Bank employee Tigh Livermont named Miss Indian Rodeo 2022
“When I was six years old, my parents took me to the Black Hills Stock Show, and that’s where I met Selena Ulch Pope (Miss Rodeo America 2005). The warmth and kindness that she showed to me – I thought ‘That’s what I want to embody. That’s the person I want to be …'”
Tigh Livermont wears many hats. Some of you may know her at our downtown Rapid City branch as a Customer Service Representative, others may know her as a fellow student at Casper College. In addition to her work and education roles, Tigh holds the special title of Miss Indian Rodeo 2022 and was crowned during the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas Oct. 19-23, 2021.
Livermont grew up in the ranching lifestyle and has been involved with rodeo her whole life. Having been raised on a ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, she recognizes the values she grew up with. “The ranching and rodeo lifestyle is: helping each other out, learning about hard work, and always being grateful for what you are given,” she says.
Livermont recalls her upbringing as playing a significant role in pursuing her dreams. “By competing for Miss Indian Rodeo, I not only wanted to become a more rounded person myself, but I wanted to pave the way for other Native American youth (and youth in general) who have a dream but don’t know how or where to start. For a lot of youth, some opportunities are not readily available. I wanted to be an example—that even though you have circumstances put in your path, they do not define you, your capabilities, or how far you can go.”
Preparing to win this title has been a balancing act. Livermont is not only a full-time customer service representative at Security First Bank in Rapid City but is also a part-time student at Casper College. After obtaining her associate degree of Agricultural Business and Sciences, she plans to transfer to Oglala Lakota College to obtain her bachelor’s in business management. “Having the experience in the banking industry, I hope to be a loan officer for the agricultural community one day,” she says.
Tigh’s hard work, preparation, and dedication paid off in October when she was not only named Miss Indian Rodeo, but won Best Horsemanship, Best Traditional Presentation, Best Essay, and Miss Congeniality.
Livermont credits her family and her work family for supporting her goals and passions. “This place is more than just a job, as my coworkers have become some of my great friends. I also appreciate that Security First Bank was one of my first sponsors for the Miss Indian Rodeo pageant. I would not be where I am today without sponsorships from local businesses and support from my direct and extended family. I am very excited to see many new places and many new faces during my role as Miss Indian Rodeo 2022.”