Native Notes is a section of WyoFile dedicated to issues about the Wind River Indian Reservation and the larger Native community.

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Natives meet Riverton and Lander leaders in bid for understanding

March 25, 2014

At a dinner meeting at the Wind River Casino leaders avoided contentious issues and sought common ground.

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JAC cuts Tribal Liaison budget, sets rules for money’s return

March 11, 2014

In a move that some Native leaders see as punitive, Sen. Eli Bebout (R-Riverton) seeks new rules the week after an EPA decision on reservation …

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Patrick Goggles will not run again for House District 33

March 6, 2014

Rep. Patrick Goggles (D-Ethete) will not run for the Wyoming House of Representatives this November.

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Battle lines harden among lawmakers as EPA mediation looms

February 18, 2014

Lawmakers introduce bills to fight EPA and define reservation boundaries as other parties prepare to negotiate

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Dancing against trauma on the Wind River Indian Reservation

February 4, 2014

A group of Native activists brings traditional culture to the fight against alcohol, drugs and suicide.

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State contests reservation boundary for EPA air quality ruling

January 7, 2014

As a century old issue roils Riverton and the Wind River reservation, the state says EPA got the law all wrong

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Wyoming Indian basketball plays deepest roster in years

December 27, 2013

This year’s Chiefs team has a deep roster of talent and an explosive ninth-grader starting at guard, Buell Robinson.

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EPA grants Wind River Indian Reservation power to monitor air quality

December 10, 2013

The tribes will be treated as a state and given authority to monitor air quality 50 miles beyond the borders of the reservation, including the …

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Northern Arapahos may give expectant mothers “baby boxes”

November 26, 2013

A program borrowed from Finland may help a tribal government on the Wind River Indian reservation combat infant mortality.

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Tribes fear Sternberg’s resignation may slow University of Wyoming’s outreach to reservation

November 16, 2013

Interim University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity signals that he will carry on Sternberg’s initiatives

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Obamacare health insurance faces hurdles on Wind River Indian Reservation

October 29, 2013

Insuring Wind River Indian Reservation residents under the Affordable Care Act would ease the ongoing funding crunch at the Indian Health Service.

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New 17 Mile Road promises safer driving on Wind River Indian Reservation

October 27, 2013

A rare federal TIGER grant paid for a wider, straighter road built by local, Indian labor on the Wind River Reservation.

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University of Wyoming president reaches out to Wind River Indian Reservation

October 16, 2013

Robert Sternberg sees university gains from closer ties with the reservation. Tribes seek more support for Native students.

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Government shutdown squeezes Northern Arapaho’s juvenile justice program

October 15, 2013

The Northern Arapaho tribe’s probation department may run out of money by Friday. Fate of more than 60 youth remains uncertain.

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Wyoming Indian and St. Stephens face off in six-man football

September 24, 2013

The Wind River Indian Reservation matchup pits traditional athletic rivals against each other in a new sport — for the first and probably only time.

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Sally Jewell and Arne Duncan tackle big issues at Native American Education Conference

August 9, 2013

In Riverton, Wyoming Sally Jewell and Arne Duncan discuss sequester, treaty rights and intercultural education, but find time for a basketball clinic and a party.

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Two Obama cabinet officials speak at the Native American Education Conference Thursday

August 7, 2013

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell headline a panel discussion in Riverton with state and local education leaders.

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Washakie Reservoir runs out of water early again, tribes blame BIA

August 6, 2013

Irrigators say the local BIA irrigation manager mismanaged Washakie Reservoir on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Tribes ask BIA to replace him.

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New BIA fire management agreement will allow fires to burn safely in remote reservation wilderness areas

July 25, 2013

Tribes and BIA are optimistic about this year’s fire season, high danger period starts late in July as in most good years.

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St. Stephens Indian School cuts jobs and salaries during sequester

July 18, 2013

The 125-year-old school says new federal payments system left it without funding for half of the last school year.