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Wyoming Indian High School athletic director on COVID-19 precautions at the back end of winter sport season

Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete, Wyoming.
Amanda Fehring

Wyoming Indian Schools have kept many of the same COVID-19 precautions that were recommended in years prior by the Wyoming High School Activities Association. Many other schools have eliminated most precautions.

That's according to Keith Bauder, the athletic director at Wyoming Indian Schools in Ethete. He said they've had to notify visiting teams and fans that they must wear masks when playing reservation schools.

"We sent out a warning that they must wear masks, fans must wear masks, and we sent out the protocols to all the schools so they've been good, following the crowd has also been good and following them. They gotta follow our guidelines, or they don't come into our gym," he said.

Bauder says that they are keeping their gym at 25 percent capacity and are live streaming games for those who can't get in. He noted that they disinfect equipment and test players every 10 days.

St. Stephens, another school on the reservation, is keeping its gym at half capacity and requiring masks, while Ft. Washakie school is testing athletes every week while also masking.

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.
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