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The northern Great Plains aren’t much to look at. It’s the drab, boring part of a cross-country interstate drive between Seattle and Chicago. 

No trees in sight. No water. But Sean Gerrity, founder of American Prairie Reserve, has always seen something more out here. 

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The Eastern Shoshone Tribe has formed a committee to study and draft regulations for off-reservation hunting by tribal members. Tribal leaders announced the plan to state legislators this week during a meeting of the Select Committee on Tribal Relations.

Rapid population growth in the Mountain West means new infrastructure. Under federal law, potential sites for things like road expansions must be surveyed and possibly excavated to see what’s below the ground. That means cultural artifacts can be disturbed and destroyed. 

Northern Arapaho Tribe Welcomes First Buffalo Herd

Oct 16, 2019
Savannah Maher

The Northern Arapaho Tribe welcomed a herd of buffalo to their land for the first time on Wednesday. The 10 animals' arrival wasn't officially announced until Tuesday night, but that didn't stop more than 100 tribal members from gathering to watch their release.


Tribal representatives in Montana are leaving the state’s new Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force in protest of Attorney General Tim Fox’s support of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

UW Students Host Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Oct 15, 2019
Savannah Maher

Eight U.S. states and at least 129 cities recognize Indigenous People's Day on the second Monday of October. Many Native students at the University of Wyoming would like to see Laramie and Wyoming join that list.

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The University of Wyoming College of Law will focus on Native American issues during its Law Week, an annual event when faculty, staff and the public share conversations on a theme. 

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Members of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council are back from Washington D.C., where they met with Indian Health Service (IHS) officials about healthcare staffing on the Wind River Reservation.

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Leaders from the Oglala Lakota Tribe, the Frog Lake First Nation, and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe gathered at Chico Hot Springs in Montana this week to sign the International Buffalo Treaty.


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Growing up on the Wind River Reservation, Gabby St. Clair and Angelo Sage say that their families, traditions, and languages gave them a sense of belonging. But they both attended high school in predominantly white Reservation border towns. For Wyoming Public Radio's "Belonging" series, they sat down to talk about how the love and support of their tribal communities - St. Clair is Eastern Shoshone and Sage is Northern Arapaho - helps them through life's challenges and pulls them to stay here in Wyoming.

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It's been nearly a week since a man was shot and killed by law enforcement outside of a Walmart store in Riverton. Last night, community members held a vigil for the man, who has been identified as 58-year-old Anderson Antelope, a citizen of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

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Members of the Northern Arapaho community held a candlelight vigil last night for Anderson "Andy" Antelope, the 58-year-old man shot and killed by law enforcement in front of a Walmart store in Riverton on Saturday, September 21.

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A bill that would protect tribal nations from the impacts of government shutdowns is up for a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, September 25. The Indian Programs Advanced Appropriations Act would allow Congress to authorize funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Service further in advance.

Northern Arapaho Citizen Killed By Police In Riverton

Sep 23, 2019
Savannah Maher

Tribal leaders say that a citizen of the Northern Arapaho Tribe was shot and killed by law enforcement in Riverton on Saturday.

Central Wyoming College Students Host Powwow In Jackson

Sep 20, 2019
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Central Wyoming College's (CWC) United Tribes Club is hosting a Powwow in Jackson on Saturday, September 21.

Federal agencies are trying to tackle the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women after years of extremely limited record-keeping and uncoordinated attempts to address these crimes. 


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Going to school might seem an ordinary rite of passage for children, but in Indian Country, school it has long meant assimilation and discrimination. It's why, back in the 1950's, the two tribes on the Wind River Reservation began the arduous process of starting their own school.

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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.

As the Mountain West continues to see a disproportionate number of youth suicides, one tribe in Southwest Colorado is opening up a new mental health center on its reservation to deal with alarming rates there. 

Eastern Shoshone Tribe Launches Victim Services Program

Aug 30, 2019
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A grant from the U.S. Department of Justice has allowed the Eastern Shoshone Tribe to establish a new Victim Services Program. 

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Recently, the first direct transfer of live and disease-free bison to the Fort Peck Tribes from Yellowstone National Park was completed.

An archaeological dig in the Mountain West has unearthed several giant sites of Native American ruins. The dig is happening in advance of planned highway construction over the area.

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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.

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A new book details the hard-won battle fought by tribal leaders on the Wind River Reservation to open their own high school.

Tribal Leaders Discuss Climate Change With U.S. Senator

Aug 16, 2019
Savannah Maher

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

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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.

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