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Wind River Indian Reservation Dancers Invited To Dance In Inauguration Parade

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Akai GreyBull
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After President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in at the nation's capital a virtual parade was held. Participants from both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes were invited to dance for a national audience.

Lynette Greybull is Northern Arapaho and was contacted by the Wyoming Democratic Party to put the group together. Greybull introduced the dancers during the video and was excited to be a part of this historical event.

"I just think everyone just needs an inspiration of hope and that things will get better and get back on track and be better than we ever were before," Greybull said.

Greybull and the dancers were the sole Wyoming representatives in the parade. Due to COVID-19, the parade usually held in person at the nation's capital was held virtually.

"They wanted us to demonstrate social distance and COVID protocols which we did and we were able to come together," Greybull said.

The video was shot at Ray Lake on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Taylar Dawn Stagner is a central Wyoming rural and tribal reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She has degrees in American Studies, a discipline that interrogates the history and culture of America. She was a Native American Journalist Association Fellow in 2019, and won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her Modern West podcast episode about drag queens in rural spaces in 2021. Stagner is Arapaho and Shoshone.
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