Savannah Maher

Wind River Reservation Reporter

Email: smaher4@uwyo.edu

Savannah comes to Wyoming Public Media from NPR’s midday show Here & Now, where her work explored everything from Native peoples’ fraught relationship with American elections to the erosion of press freedoms for tribal media outlets. A proud citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, she’s excited to get to know the people of the Wind River reservation and dig into the stories that matter to them. 

Savannah got her start in journalism reporting for her hometown’s local newspaper (The Mashpee Enterprise) and public radio station (WCAI), and has since contributed to New Hampshire Public Radio, High Country News, and NPR’s Code Switch blog. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018.  

Savannah is a Report For America corps member. 

Central Wyoming College

 

 

Central Wyoming College's (CWC) United Tribes Club is hosting a Powwow in Jackson on Saturday, September 21.

Lander Arts Center

The Lander Art Center is highlighting artists from the Wind River Reservation with an exhibit called "Art of Home." The show features beadwork, paintings, photography, sewing and sculpture from more than a dozen Native artists.

Riverton High School

The University of Wyoming marching band "Western Thunder" took a trip to Riverton to perform at a high school football game against Cody. The event, called "Bring the Thunder" is part of an effort to get students excited about going to college - and to recruit new members of the marching band. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher was there to see the two bands meet, and she sent us this postcard.

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Using Drones To Fight Climate Change

From more intense wildfires to prolonged droughts, climate change is impacting the ecology of the American West. That's got researchers in our region looking at a new way to fight some of these impacts: drones.

Riverton's Solutions Committee has recommended an inpatient treatment center to address drug and alcohol addiction in the city.

National Outdoor Leadership School

 

The Lander-based National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has announced that Terri Watson will take over in January as its first woman president.

Savannah Maher

Governor Mark Gordon signed an executive order last month expanding protections for sage grouse in Wyoming. Meanwhile, some young men at the Northern Arapaho Powwow were borrowing some of the bird's dance moves. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher spoke with four dancers competing in the Prairie Chicken dance category.

Wyoming Community Foundation

 

 

Students of color are more likely to be suspended from Wyoming's public schools than their white counterparts. That's according to a report released by the Wyoming Community Foundation.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe

A grant from the U.S. Department of Justice has allowed the Eastern Shoshone Tribe to establish a new Victim Services Program. 

Central Wyoming College

Students at Central Wyoming College may soon be able to pursue Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees without transferring to another institution.

Adam Sings In The Timber

Crow Fair is unlike any other Powwow in the world. For one, horses and their riders have the right of way on roads throughout the Powwow grounds. It also begins every morning with a parade. 


Frank Lemere Native American Presidential Forum

Nine Democratic Presidential hopefuls and one independent candidate are gathered in Sioux City, Iowa for the Frank Lemere Native American Presidential Forum. Many Native voters are watching closely from the Wind River Reservation.

Savannah Maher

Earlier this month, a billboard was posted in Casper to highlight the high rates of violence and abuse perpetrated against Indigenous women. Now, you'll see the same billboard on the corner of East Main and Federal Street in downtown Riverton.

Savannah Maher

Earlier this summer, the Northern Arapaho Tribe came out against a proposal by the energy company Aetheon to discharge oilfield waste upstream of the Wind River. But the opposition was not for the reasons that some tribal members would like.

Savannah Maher

The Wind River Inter-Tribal Council welcomed U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to the Reservation on Wednesday to discuss global climate change.

Savannah Maher

Northern Arapaho Tribal Industries has secured $4.1 million in federal funding to expand broadband access on the Wind River Reservation over the next decade.

Savannah Maher

Over 600 Native students and their educators gathered at Central Wyoming College this week for the annual Native American Conference. Juvenile Defender Nubia Pena gave the keynote address. She talked with Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher about what teachers on the Wind River Reservation can do to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

Northern Arapaho Tribe

It's been a summer of leadership turnover for the Northern Arapaho Tribe. In June, the tribe's Business Council voted 4-2 not to renew the contract of Jim Conrad, longtime CEO of the Wind River Casino. Soon after, it voted 4-2 to fire Baldwin, Crocker & Rudd, the Lander-based law firm that had represented the tribe for more than 30 years.

A gas flare, used to burn off flammable gas -- on Highway 59 from Gillette
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Barrasso Pushes To Get Wyoming Natural Gas Sold Overseas

U.S. House Democrats are taking aim at an issue Wyoming Senator John Barrasso seems to have spent the most time on in the past few years: Exporting American, well – Wyoming energy – abroad. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

Eastern Shoshone Tribe

Two months after a U.S. Supreme Court decision re-affirmed the Crow Tribe's off-reservation hunting rights, other tribes in the Mountain West are exploring how the precedent could apply to them.

Northern Arapaho Tribe Facebook page

The Northern Arapaho Tribe has filed a lawsuit against its former law firm and its managing partner.

Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College has been offering courses in Jackson for over 40 years out of leased spaces scattered around town.

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The Fremont County District 1 School Board voted 4-2 on July 23 to allow approved staff members to conceal carry firearms in schools, making Lander the fourth district in Wyoming to approve such a policy.

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The Wind River Wellness Court stopped operating after the reservation's joint Business Council disbanded in 2014. But officials from the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes say funding from the state of Wyoming and Bureau of Indian Affairs could help get it back up-and-running as early as this summer.

Riverton Branch Library

A panel discussion, called "The Work To Be Done: Women of the Wind River Reservation Speak Their Minds," will offer different perspectives on the joys and challenges of Indigenous Womanhood in Wyoming.

The five panelists are students, activists, lawmakers, authors, and leaders in their communities. They will share their experiences and expertise at the Riverton Branch Library on Tuesday, July 23.

Gabriel Ugueto

At 106 feet long, Jimbo the Supersaurus stretches all the way from one end to the other of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center's main exhibit hall. He's one of the largest and most complete dinosaurs ever discovered. But in 2001, when paleontologists were excavating his massive bones from a quarry in Douglas, Wyoming, they came across something else.

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