Native American

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.

United Nations

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.

Wikimedia Commons

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. 

Savannah Maher

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.

Savannah Maher

After initially upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in August, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has announced that it will re-hear legal challenges against the federal law.

The 2020 census count is coming, and it will determine where funding goes for things like schools, emergency services and health care. For the last several census counts, though, American Indians and Alaska Natives were the most undercounted ethnic group, limiting their access to funds.

 


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

The company taking over Cloud Peak Energy's three mines in Montana and Wyoming has hit a snag in securing its surety bonds that are used to guarantee reclamation. The Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) expected the Navajo Nation to back its reclamation costs through a pre-existing agreement.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is looking at taking over management of a federally-operated health clinic in Fort Washakie.

Alpheus Media

 

A documentary film produced on the Wind River Reservation will air on PBS stations around the country on Monday, November 11.

City of Riverton

 

November is officially Native American Heritage month in the city of Riverton. Mayor Richard Gard signed a proclamation to that effect on Thursday, November 7.

National Museum of the American Indian

The exhibit, "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces," highlights the history of Native Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces. It has made its way to Sheridan College and comes from the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C. It also is meant to raise awareness for the future National Native Americans Veterans Memorial in D.C. that will be finished next year. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with the memorial's project curator Rebecca Trautmann about how the exhibit and memorial honor Native veterans.

Ryan Shippy / Sheridan College

Native Americans are considered to serve in the military at a higher rate than any other demographic, and a new exhibit coming to Sheridan College highlights that service.

Leslie Shakespeare

Eastern Shoshone Business Council Co-Chairman Leslie Shakespeare announced his resignation on Friday, November 1. Shakespeare said he's leaving for a position outside of tribal government that he "couldn't pass up," though he's not able to announce what that position is just yet. 

Before he was elected to the Business Council in 2016, Shakespeare served four years as an officer on the Wind River Police Department and two years as the Eastern Shoshone Tribe's liaison to the governor's office. In an interview with Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher, he reflected on the progress he says the Tribe has made over the years.

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State lawmakers and police are looking for new solutions to a loophole that has long allowed non-Native people some degree of immunity from law enforcement on the Wind River Reservation.

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