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.
"These are voices that need to come together in concert to talk about really important issues on the Wind River Reservation," said moderator Taylar Stagner, who is Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone. She's also a former part-time reporter for Wyoming Public Radio.
Stagner said the conversation will touch on challenges faced by Native women, including the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She also hopes thatpositive stories and messages will emerge.
"I'll ask them some questions like, 'What's your favorite part about the Wind River Reservation? What makes you most proud to be a Native woman?'" Stagner said. "Sometimes, during these events we lose sight of that our home is very beautiful and has many wonderful aspects to it. So, I want to highlight that too."
The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. in the community room at the Riverton Branch Library. It will also be broadcast live from the Wyoming Public Radio & Media Facebook page.