Northern Arapaho Business Council

Northern Arapaho Tribe

It's been a summer of leadership turnover for the Northern Arapaho Tribe. In June, the tribe's Business Council voted 4-2 not to renew the contract of Jim Conrad, longtime CEO of the Wind River Casino. Soon after, it voted 4-2 to fire Baldwin, Crocker & Rudd, the Lander-based law firm that had represented the tribe for more than 30 years.

Northern Arapaho Tribe Facebook page

The Northern Arapaho Tribe has filed a lawsuit against its former law firm and its managing partner.

Northern Arapaho Tribe Facebook page

In a release posted to the Northern Arapaho Tribe's Facebook page, the Northern Arapaho Business Council announced that the Lander-based law firm, Baldwin, Crocker & Rudd, will no longer represent the Tribe "in any capacity."

Two Wyoming groups have started a petition urging lawmakers to pass a hate crimes bill in the state.

Hate crime laws impose tougher penalties on criminals who target their victims because of things like the victim's race or religion. Wyoming is one of just five states that does not have one.

The Wind River Native Advocacy Center and Wyoming Association of Churches are gathering signatures. They say their efforts are in response to the July shooting of two Northern Arapaho men by a white Riverton parks employee at a local detox center. One man was killed in that attack.

Aaron Schrank

On July 18, a white city parks employee walked into Riverton’s Center of Hope detoxification center with a .40-caliber handgun and shot two Native American men in the head while they slept.

The confessed shooter, 32-year-old Roy Clyde, told police he was targeting transients who he perceived as a nuisance to the city’s public spaces.