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 supported in part by the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Savannah is a Report For America corps member. 
 

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A headdress belonging to Chief Black Coal, one of most influential Arapaho leaders of the late 19th century, has been repatriated to the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

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After a narrow win in last week's special election, former Chief Judge of the Wind River Tribal Court John St. Clair has been sworn-in as the sixth member of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council.

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Temperatures dipped below 10 degrees in Riverton on Monday, Jan 20. But that didn't stop more than 100 people from participating in the city's 17th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day "Walk for Unity."

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Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone youth will soon have access to more parks and playgrounds, outdoor trips, and recreational facilities on the Wind River Reservation. 

A new veteran's memorial sculpture is set to be completed in Fort Washakie this summer. Organizers are asking for the public's help identifying veterans who have roots on the Wind River Reservation.

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Social studies teachers from 27 Wyoming school districts gathered in Riverton this week for a two-day professional development workshop. Many used the time to learn about Wyoming's new Indian Education For All standards, which were approved by then-Governor Matt Mead in 2017.

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Every Wednesday afternoon, one hallway at Wyoming Indian High School turns into a robotics arena.

During an after school scrimmage in December, two teams were using remote controlled robots — which they built and programmed themselves — to move big yellow blocks called “stones” around an obstacle course. 12th grader Maranda Blackbird explained the rules.

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Big Horn County Sheriff's Department

Six days into their search for 16-year-old Selena Not Afraid, investigators with the Bighorn County Montana Sheriff's Department are treating her disappearance as suspicious.

Central Wyoming College

Students at Central Wyoming College will soon be able to learn the ins-and-outs of livestock slaughtering and meat processing. That's thanks to a nearly $800,000 grant from Wyoming Works, a statewide program aimed at helping adult students develop vocational skills and secure employment.

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Towns and cities across Wyoming are encouraging residents to recycle their natural Christmas trees rather than send them to a landfill. Donated trees will be turned into compost, mulch and fuel. In Fremont County, they’ll have second lives as fish habitat in a lake outside of Pavillion.

Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing

The Northern Arapaho Tribe has been awarded a nearly $5 million federal grant to develop affordable housing on the Wind River Reservation.

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On the last day of the semester at the Wind River Tribal College in Ethete, Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter was in the kitchen cooking a big pot of chicken noodle soup.

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The city of Lander's Zoning and Planning Board has launched a study aimed at identifying barriers to affordable housing development. At a pair of community forums on Tuesday, residents were given the opportunity to weigh in.

Two students at Riverton High School have been disciplined after photos and videos circulating on social media showed them walking into school Wednesday morning wearing white robes with pointed hoods, which resembled Klu Klux Klan regalia.

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Officers with the Riverton Police Department will soon be equipped with body cameras. According to Police Chief Eric Murphy, the change comes in response to the recent deadly shooting of Anderson Antelope by a Riverton Police Officer.

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Some landowners on the Wind River Reservation will soon receive offers through the Department of the Interior's Land Buy-Back Program. Representatives from the program held an "early-bird" informational session in Fort Washakie this week, where landowners learned about registering as willing sellers.

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Some residents of Fremont County are calling for the release of more information about a September police shooting that killed 58-year-old Anderson Antelope and the encounter that led up to it.

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An event at Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete introduced more than 300 students to computer science this week. Representatives from Facebook and the online learning platform Code HS visited the school and led students in creative coding exercises as part of the "Hour of Code" initiative.

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Families on and near the Wind River Reservation will soon have a new option for around-the-clock childcare: the Northern Arapaho Tribe's Red Wolf Childcare Center in Riverton.

Savannah Maher

After weeks of back and forth with the county attorney, Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen has called off a public inquest into the September police shooting that killed Anderson Antelope. In a Thursday morning press release, Stratmoen wrote that his office has been "obstructed from completing the process" and that the manner of Antelope's death will be certified as "undetermined."

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The library at Wyoming Indian Middle School in Ethete is hands-down the coziest place in the building. When I walk in after driving through a snow storm, the lights are dim and there's some kind of woodsy incense burning. But a few weeks ago, librarian Jenn Runs Close to Lodge said the atmosphere was a bit more chaotic.


Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College is looking to become the first community college in the state to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. Representatives from the national Higher Learning Commission are visiting the college's Riverton campus this week to evaluate the proposed degree program.

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A group of Cheyenne and Arapaho runners plan to cover 170 miles of ground this weekend to mark the 155th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. 

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It's been just over two months since a police officer shot and killed 58-year-old Anderson Antelope outside of a Walmart store in Riverton. This afternoon, Fremont County Attorney Patrick Lebrun released a statement saying that the officer's actions were justified, and that his office will take no further action on the case.

Ucross Foundation

For the first time in 41 years, an Indigenous person will sit on the Ucross Foundation's Board of Directors. The foundation announced the appointment of Scott Manning Stevens, a citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, On Thursday, November 21. 

Terese Mailhot

After checking herself in to a psychiatric hospital in 2013, writer Terese Mailhot was given a notebook. The result is her award-winning debut memoir Heartberries, which tells the story of her coming-of-age on the Seabird Island First Nation in British Columbia, sometimes-tumultuous family relationships, and adult struggles with mental illness.

"My book is essentially about how to love when you come from a dysfunctional home and you have these long shadows of shame kind of following you everywhere you go," said Mailhot, now a New York Times Bestselling author, in an interview with Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher. During a recent visit to the University of Wyoming, Mailhot talked about the book's success and what Native writers risk and gain when they choose to put their stories out into the word.

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