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State and federal representatives discuss violence on Wind River Reservation this week

March in 2019 to protest the police shooting of Andy Antelope, Northern Arapaho tribal member.
Chesie Lee
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Photo courtesy of Chesie Lee with the Riverton Peace Mission

A community discussion on the Wind River Reservation is happening this week. The public talk is sponsored by the Riverton Peace Mission at the request of State Representative and Northern Arapaho tribal member Andi LeBeau. It will focus on combating violence in the Wind River community.

Riverton Peace Mission’s Chesie Lee said the community is still seeking answers after Northern Arapaho tribal member Anderson “Andy” Antelope was shot by a police officer outside a grocery store in 2019.

“I know sometimes people say, ‘Well, that happened, you know, nearly three years ago, why are you still talking about it?’ And it's basically because there's not been a response to the questions that have been asked by the community,” she said.

Lee said some of these questions include why there wasn’t more of an investigation into Antelope’s death, and how to access state and federal resources to support victims of violence.

State representative Karlee Provenza from Laramie and Rosa Salamanca with the U.S. Department of Justice will be speakers at the event. The discussion is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30pm at Wyoming Indian School in Ethete.

Taylar Dawn Stagner is a central Wyoming rural and tribal reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She has degrees in American Studies, a discipline that interrogates the history and culture of America. She was a Native American Journalist Association Fellow in 2019, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her Modern West podcast episode about drag queens in rural spaces in 2021. Stagner is Arapaho and Shoshone.