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Peter Kaiser Takes First In Iditarod — Marking A Win For Alaskan Natives

Kaiser is the first musher of Yup'ik descent to win the Iditarod sled dog race. His win is a significant point of pride for Alaska's indigenous people.
Peter Kaiser and his team of dogs take off at the start of the Iditarod race. Source: Courtesy of John Wallace

Snow whipped past Peter Kaiser and his eight-dog team as they passed under the famous Burled Arch at the end of the grueling, 1,000-mile Iditarod sled dog race, cinching a first place win.

After racing for miles in inky darkness across the Alaska wildnerness, Kaiser was greeted in Nome, Alaska by bright lights, cameras, and cheering fans chanting "Way to go Pete!"

It was the 31-year-old's tenth time competing in the Iditarod, but his first time winning the championship — making him the first musher of Yup'ik descent to ever win the

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