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Crystal C'Bearing/Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office

On a Saturday afternoon in January, Great Plains Hall in Arapahoe was packed with hundreds of people standing in line to bless themselves with cedar smoke, and visit with the very imposing 6-foot-long headdress. Hand-sewn and beaded, each of the dozens of eagle feathers adorning it commemorates one of Chief Black Coal's greatest accomplishments.


Savannah Maher

A $4.1 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission has allowed the Northern Arapaho-owned company Wind River Internet to begin a broadband expansion project on the reservation. During a visit this week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had the opportunity to see the project's progress firsthand.

The Cordero Rojo Mine - taken when Cloud Peak was still the operator
Cloud Peak Energy

Governor Mark Gordon and the Navajo Transitional Energy Company have agreed to a Limited Waiver of Sovereign Immunity. The move resolves a barrier for the Navajo Nation-owned corporation in acquiring its mining permits.

Back in October, NTEC paid the recently bankrupt coal company Cloud Peak Energy in order to assume operations of three mines: Cordero Rojo, Spring Creek, and Antelope.

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Housing in tribal communities across the country has led to numerous social problems, including those in Wyoming. On the Wind River Reservation, it has led to a severe housing shortage with overcrowding in the homes that are available and to homelessness in the community. Housing stock has grown old and is falling into disrepair and about 600 new housing units are needed to fill the need.

Southern Utah’s red rock desert is home to towering canyons and the clear, shallow Escalante River. It’s also home to many ancient petroglyphs. Jonathan Paklaian is trying to find one along the banks of the river. He scrambles along a cliff wall until he spots it — a petroglyph he says was drawn more than 800 years ago by the Indigenous Fremont people. 

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Wyoming Indian High School's team colors are red, white and blue. But at Monday's basketball practice, there was a lot of purple and gold on the court. The Chiefs and Lady Chiefs - who swept last year's 2A boys and girls state championships - wore the LA Lakers' team colors to honor the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher stopped by practice to talk with the players and their coaches about what Bryant meant to them.

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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.

Alejandra Silva/Eastern Shoshone Tribe

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.

Savannah Maher

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."

A fight is brewing in eastern Utah over whether the National Park Service should include nearly 200 rock art sites in the National Register of Historic Places.

In March of last year, a group of volunteers and preservationists submitted a proposal to add 199 rock art sites to the Register, an effort that took a decade to complete.

Taylar Stagner

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.

Savannah Maher

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.

Savannah Maher

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.

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.

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.

Savannah Maher

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.

The lack of access to nutritious food is a major issue across Indian Country. One program in Nevada is looking to increase healthy habits among youth on reservations and the rural communities surrounding them.

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For the last couple of weeks, world leaders have been convening in Madrid, Spain for the United Nations' summit on climate change. Among them was a delegation of Indigenous youth. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards caught up with one of the delegates who is there representing the Wind River Reservation. Micah (Big Wind) Lott addressed over 500,000 people on a stage with renowned activist Greta Thunberg, and when the delegation protested at the U.S. Embassy, they were among 75 Indigenous activists, some who were arrested by Spanish police. 

Big Wind begins with an introduction in Arapaho.

Taylar Stagner

Taylar Stagner spoke with Tiffany Midge a Lakota author about her career as a poet, author, and a columnist for Indian Country Today. Many of her humorist essays have been compiled in her new book Bury My Heart At Chuck E. Cheese. In this new book, she talks about Native representation in movies, pussy hats, and why humor is important in Indian Country.

In her new book Bury My Heart At Chuck E. Cheese, Tiffany Midge combines popular culture with Indigenous humor. Her collection of essays repackages many stories like Fifty Shades of Grey, The King and I, and Attack of the 50-Foot Woman. I asked the Standing Rock Lakota author why it's important to indigenize popular culture.

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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.

Savannah Maher

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.

Four women from the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in northeastern Utah have turned to the federal court system after they were banished by Ute tribal leadership last year. 

Micah Lott

This week, nations are gathering in Madrid for the 25th United Nations summit on climate change and among them is a delegation of Indigenous youth. Northern Arapaho member Micah Lott, who goes by Big Wind, is among them. Over the next week, Big Wind will participate in panels describing how climate change is affecting their life back home.

Savannah Maher

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.

Kyle Duba

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."

Savannah Maher

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.


The U.S. military is asking Congress for control over more public land in Nevada, and much of that could come at the expense of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska.

That has the state of Nevada, environmentalists and tribes all stepping up to condemn the proposal.

Dean Wallowing Bull

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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