Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Andy Antelope Died for Our Sins: One Year Later - Sat Sept 26

Andy Antelope Died for Our Sins

One year later:

No Answers

No justice


Andy Antelope was shot in the head by a Riverton city police officer at Walmart on September 21, 2019.

Join us to listen to stories and for discussions in breakout rooms.

·         Who was Andy Antelope?

·         What led to his being killed?

·         What was our response as a community?

·         What was the impact of not having a public inquest?

·         How are Native American lives valued by Settlers?

·         What does the community want from law enforcement?

Zoom Event (or join by phone)

Saturday, September 26, 10 am until noon.

Register now by emailing

                Put in the subject line: Andy Antelope Event

                Leave your name, email address and town.

                You will receive an invitation link within a couple of days.

Note that this is the first in a series of gatherings on this topic.

The Riverton Peace Mission partnering with other organizations.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Riverton Peace Mission: Join us for Healing on the WRIR from COVID-19 - Sat Aug 29

Join us for Healing on the WRIR from COVID-19, August 29, 10 am – 11:30 am

Register your RSVP at the Riverton Peace Mission website 


Or at


Why are deaths from COVID-19 on the Wind River Indian Reservation so much greater than anywhere else in Wyoming?


Join us to explore determinants of health inequities and what needs to change. Colonial practices from white culture, racism and white supremacy factor into root causes as to why the average life span of Native Americans in Wyoming are more than 15 years fewer than for the general population. Together how can we help to find equitable ways to make amends for the harm still being caused today?


If you do not get your invitation right away, please check your spam box. A reminder will be sent out closer to the event.


You may participate by Zoom or by telephone. RSVP now to receive your invitation.


Contact with questions.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Wind River Family and Community Health Center: COVID-19 Testing - Sundance & Rabbit Lodge

To All Tribal Members
I want to clear up any confusion about the required testing for those participating in the Northern Arapaho Sundance & Rabbit Lodge. Those of you who are participating in the cutting of the poles on June 20th Must be tested by June 17th. This includes those who are actually cutting the poles as well as all support providing food and other services.
If you are participating in Rabbit Lodge, especially if you are going to be in the teepee, you need to be tested between June 22nd and July 1st. This includes participants, janitors, runners and those who are bringing in food.
If you are participating in Sundance, especially if you're going to be anywhere near the lodge and/or grandfathers, you need to be tested between June 24th and July 7th.
We are testing 9 to 12 Monday through Friday at the Arapahoe Clinic and at the Ethete Clinic from 9 to 3 Monday through Thursday and 9 to 2 on Fridays.
We encourage anyone who is participating in these activities to strictly follow the stay-at-home order and practice social distancing leading up to the ceremonies. Everyone will be required to wear masks. the elders, the tribe and the clinics are working on protocols to try to make these observances as safe as possible.
Please help protect our elders by observing these rules.
Paul J Ebbert MD
Chief Medical Officer
Wind River Family and Community Health Center.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Required COVID-19 Testing June 8-17

To All Northern Arapaho Tribal Members;
The Ceremonial Tribal Elders, Northern Arapaho Business Council and the Wind River Family & Community Health Care are working very hard to make the Northern Arapaho Tribal ceremonies as safe as they can be. The primary focus will be on protecting the Ceremonial Elders in this time of COVID-19.

All those who are planning on participating in cutting poles for the Sundance Lodge, those who are preparing food and providing other services are required to test for the COVID-19 beginning June 8-17, 2020. The absolute last day to test is June 17, 2020. The Arapaho Clinic will be testing 9:00am-12:00pm, Monday thru Friday. The Ethete Clinic will be testing 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm, Monday thru Friday.

We are also encouraging those who were actual participants in the Pipe Fast to get retested this week.

The Ceremonial Tribal Elders will continue to meet weekly to discuss ways to make the Sundance safe for everyone. Please help us by continuing to abide by the Stay-At-Home order currently in place. Wear a mask when out in the community, practice social distancing guidelines and continue to wash your hands.

Paul J. Ebbert, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Little Wind Loans: Sundance Loans 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Free Book Distributions for All Students of the Wind River Indian Reservation - May 18, 20 & 22

Shoshone Episcopal Mission            Our Father’s House
         189 Trout Creek Road                      #1 St. Michael’s Circle
            Fort Washakie, WY                                 Ethete, WY 
Are partnering with the Fremont County School District No. 21 Library for:
Free Book Distributions
for All Students of the
Wind River Indian Reservation

During the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis, it is important for the children and young adults to continue their reading skills, so important for their education.  So Shoshone Episcopal Mission of Fort Washakie, and St. Michael’s Mission of Ethete are joining efforts to make connections with families to receive books of their choice as they stay at home.  Please make an effort to receive these books for summer reading at these points of distribution.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rocky Mountain Hall, Fort Washakie
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Blue Sky Hall, Ethete
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Great Plains Hall, Arapahoe

There will be a rack of books set up at each location for each age group and parents will choose the books for their students.  Books will be distributed until there is no more to be distributed.  First Come, First Serve.

Monday, May 11, 2020

QuadW Missional Internship Opportunity on the WRIR

Are you Native American, age 18 to 26, and currently live on or near the WRIR who seeks an opportunity to serve your family and community by addressing food security on the WRIR beginning June 1, 2020 for 7 weeks?

If yes, you may learn more and how to apply by sending an email to or texting 307-761- 0755 and providing your name and contact information and indicating as the subject, “QuadW”.

 · A living stipend of $2,000
 · Honor of serving your community
 · Virtually meet other young adults from around the country
 · Learn by doing, study, interaction and reflection
 · Experience with tribal projects related to food security
 · Field trips to nearby sacred areas

· Be enrolled in college or commitment to do so in the near future
 · A desire to serve the community and to learn
 · An interest in strengthening food security on the WRIR
 · Not having a job, school or other obligations during the 7 weeks
 · Comply with COVID-19 related orders
 · Participate fully in the program with the others

The deadline for applying is Monday, May 18, 2020 at noon.

QuadW Missional Internship is a national program that has served several communities around the nation for more than a decade and the WRIR for the last two years. Briefly, the goals are to provide young college students the opportunity to serve as interns and thereby be transformed, to provide a service and to connect with the broader community. Because of the pandemic, adjustments have been made to keep people safe. This is a unique proposal for the WRIR for 2020. 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Grow Our Own: Why Gardening? Corn, Squash & Bean Planting - Sun May 10

This week, Grow Our Own invites participants to join us for the planting of corn, squash, and beans.

We are also inviting our first guest speaker: Darlene Nixon from Boulder, Colorado to speak to our group about Guerilla Gardening.

Please set your reminds and join us on Sunday, May 10th at 11AM. See you then!

Topic: Why Gardening? Corn, Squash, Bean Planting
Time: May 10, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Towards Community Harmony: Healing Talking Circle - Sat May 23

The second Community Healing Talking Circle of the Riverton Peace Mission will be Saturday, May 23, 11 am to 2 pm by Zoom. The focus will be on addressing racism in our community in Riverton with the Wind River Indian Reservation.  For example, how the display of the Confederate flag by demonstrators a couple of weekends ago in Riverton impacted the community. 

To get an invitation, register at You need to be a concerned person wanting to end racism and seek to create community harmony.  The talking circle will be led by certified Circle Keepers.  This is in partnership with the Justice Pod of the Wind River Mutual Aid.

Healing Talking Circle
Saturday,  May 23, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

On Zoom.
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Grow Our Own: Talking Tomatoes and Composting - Sun May 3

Hello everyone. The Grow Our Own Why Gardening meeting is set.

See you all on Sunday at 11a.m. 
We will talk tomatoes and composting. We hope you can join us!

Topic: Grow Our Own
Time: May 3, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Foundations For Nations Food Pick-Up - Thursday, April 30

Open to the public- does not require Tribal ID
5:00 p.m. at 20 Mission Rd. in Arapahoe
Meat, produce, bread, etc.

Call Foundations for Nations for more info: 
219-307-1457 (Sarah Lucas) 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Grow Our Own: Why Gardening? The Three Sisters

This past Sunday, we talked about companion planting, the Three Sisters: Corn, beans, and squash.
We also talked about planting potatoes and the diseases potatoes can encounter.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Grow Our Own: Why Gardening? Sun Apr 26

For our next Zoom class, we will discuss garden plots and pick out what we want to grow?

We will talk further on potatoes and get started with planting potatoes in a large bin. 

We will talk three sisters planting of corn, beans, and squash. 

Grow Our Own invites the Wind River Community to gardening in a whole new way. We learn as we grow, learn as we go! 

Join us! Even if you don't have the supplies to start a garden, join us anyway....maybe we can help!

Grow Our Own
Co Founders
Darrah Perez-Good Voice Elk
Deneica Barrett 

Darrah Perez-Good Voice Elk is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Why Gardening? Zoom Meeting

Time: Apr 26, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Our Father's House of Ethete: Food Distribution - Fri Apr 24

Our Father’s House of Ethete is sponsoring a food distribution for the Arapahoe area on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 10AM at Arapahoe School - Administration Building.

Drivers will be asked to stay in their vehicles and the boxes will be placed in the trunks.

Share this information with others.  Stay safe!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Stay Home to Protect Families Against COVID-19

U.S. Department of Justice: The Community Relations Service & the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

The Community Relations Service and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, P.L. 111-84 (2009)

For over 45 years, community tension on the basis of race, color, or national origin has triggered CRS jurisdiction.  Pursuant to its legislative mandate as established by Title X of the Civil Rights Act, section 2000g-1, CRS “provide(s) assistance to communities and persons therein in resolving disputes, disagreements, or difficulties relating to discriminatory practices based on race, color, or national origin which impair the rights of persons in such communities under the Constitution or laws of the United States or which affect or may affect interstate commerce.”

With the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA), CRS is authorized to work with communities to employ strategies to prevent and respond to alleged violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability in addition to continuing to employ strategies to prevent and respond to community tension relating to alleged discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, or national origin.

What Can CRS Do to Prevent and Respond to Alleged Violent Hate Crimes?
·         Since 1964, CRS has assisted communities in the aftermath of alleged hate crimes and hate incidents that were perceived to be committed because of a person’s race, color, or national origin. 
·         As Attorney General Holder explained when testifying before the Senate in support of the HCPA, “hate crimes victimize not only individuals, but entire communities.”  Under the HCPA, when CRS responds to an alleged violent hate crime committed on the basis of actual or perceived gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, race, color, or national origin, it will conduct an assessment of community tension associated with the alleged hate crime. 
·         Upon assessment, CRS will explore opportunities to assist willing parties to develop and implement local strategies that can help law enforcement, local officials, civil rights organizations, or interested community groups to respond to the alleged hate crime and find ways to prevent future hate crimes.
·         To facilitate the development of the community capacity to help prevent hate crimes and improve community response mechanisms, CRS services and programs may include: conciliation, mediation, training, technical assistance, and other tension reduction techniques.
·         Because it is not CRS’ role to determine the validity of a claim of discrimination or allegations of a violent hate crime, to the extent that community members perceive activities as violent hate crimes or as precursors to these crimes, it is appropriate for CRS to offer services in response to those incidents and to assist parties to employ strategies to prevent hate crime acts in their communities.

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Northern Arapaho Business Council: Message From The Chairman

St. David's Episcopal Church Food Distribution - Wed Apr 22

ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH is sponsoring a food distribution scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at the Rocky Mountain Hall. 9 N Fork Rd, Fort Washakie, WY 82514
This will start at 9:00 am.  Drivers will be instructed where to go and please stay in your vehicle.
Share this information with others in the Fort Washakie and Crowheart areas.
More information to come for the Arapaho community!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Via WyoFile: DIY relief effort delivers for Wind River

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Grow Our Own: Why Gardening? Sun Apr 19

Co-Founders Deneica Barrett and Darrah Perez-Good Voice Elk invite the Wind River Community to an amazing opportunity to share and learn gardening growing tips. We are calling ourselves, Grow Our Own and every week we will start a fun gardening project and share progress and up to date tips and stories via Zoom. We have a paid Zoom account and can have up to 100 participants join in on the learning. We are a group of gardeners who are wanting to learn how to garden from each other!

Our first Zoom project meeting will be tomorrow on Sunday, April 19, 2020 @ 11a.m. to 2p.m
Looking forward to developing a green thumb within our community. 

Below is the link for the Zoom meeting.

Topic: Grow Our Own
Time: Apr 19, 2020 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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P.S. For those who want to be involved in the gardening projects, we are looking to find some adequate funding to help them with involvement. 

Friday, April 17, 2020

University of WY: "Cent$ible Nutrition" Online Classes

The Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) provides nutrition education to help those with limited resources eat healthier on a budget.

Schedule- please note the start dates:
Tuesdays at 1PM starting April 14
Thursdays at 10AM starting April 16
Wednesdays at 11AM starting April 22
Fridays at 2PM starting April 24


Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health: Community Food Distribution - Wed Apr 22

Community Food & Supplies Distribution
Wednesday, April 22
9AM-10AM for Elders, Veterans and Disabled
10:15AM-12 PM for Community Members in Need

Shoshone Food Distribution Warehouse
15451 US Hwy 287
Fort Washakie, WY

Bring your Tribal ID
Please stay in your car.
Please try to limit the amount of people in your car to help promote social distancing.

For more information, contact:
Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

FYI: Northern Arapaho 477 Biixoo3etiit Program

Due to possible exposure to Coronavirus at the 477 office, the 477 office will be closed the rest of this week.

We will re-open Monday April 20, 2020, unless notified otherwise.

If you need to contact us, you may contact the following:
Rachel Grant, 477 Director-349-9112
Hetty Brown, Employment & Training -840-1696
Jeanette Oldman, Cash Assistance w/children-840-1665
Camille Lincoln, Cash Assistance w/out children- 840-1747
Brenda Hubbard, Child Care Services-840-1819

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Wyoming Interfaith Network: "Hope for Us All"

Good Morning WIN Community!

We hope you are doing well amid this ongoing crisis. This week we offer you messages of hope, workshops, and an update from the Wind River Mutual Aid efforts.

"Religious Literacy and Community Engagement: A Virtual Workshop" on April 15 at 1PM with religious literacy specialist Benjamin Marcus from the Religious Freedom Center.This interactive session will provide frameworks for understanding our complex religious identities, religious literacy, and how these play a role in reducing prejudice and violence.
WRR Mutual Aid Update
To all of you who have opened your prayers, checkbooks, and pantries to our collective efforts on providing help to our neighbors on the WRR- THANK YOU.

We are so blessed to have generous volunteers (seen above at Our Father's House/St. Michael's Mission in Ethete) and donors from around the state of Wyoming.

We're happy to report that we were able to donate over $3,500 worth of food, water, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies this past Saturday. Surely, our work is not finished, and this is only a small step toward our goal of providing resources for everyone that needs it. While at this time we are not collecting food or canned goods, we are still collecting donations that go directly to covering people's basic needs. Stay tuned to our facebook page and website for more updates. Also, check out Wind River Community News for more updates, information and ways to get involved.

Make sure to take advantage of our faith community resource page.
Resources include:
  • Wyoming and virtual worship opportunities
  • National virtual worship opportunities
  • Religious Literacy Resources


"Coronavirus and Hope for Us All"
- Rev. Dr. Sally Palmer

              The Coronavirus has changed our lives, in ways great and small. Wyoming used to be known as the “home town” with very long streets. But, the virus changed all that. We are now suspicious about going next door, let alone down the street. I won’t belabor the anxieties we now feel, but I will share a famous quote:
 “Fear is contagious, so also is hope.”

     What is important at this time of pandemic paranoia is not just to practice social distance, but to also to practice spiritual community. The most famous advocate of this was Viktor Frankl. He spent years in Nazi concentration camps and never knew if his wife was still alive. But, he would “commune” with her in his own way. He called it “kything”—being spiritually together with someone far away. Dr. Frankl survived the lonely camps and, afterwards, wrote a significant answer to his persistent question: “Why don’t people who are suffering commit suicide?” His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, explores our deep longing for purpose even when we feel our efforts are in vain. 

    In these weeks of “social distancing,” it is vital to find ways that our spirits can be together.  When people attend worship, it is a time of sharing—with rituals, concerns, joys, study, and prayer.  And, some religions emphasize the importance of a solitary time, time spent ALONE WITH GOD. As Rabbi Nachman wrote: “May it be my custom to go outdoors each day, among all trees and grasses, among all growing things. And, there may I be alone to talk with the One I belong to.”

Each religion finds its way to encourage an encounter with God.

For Christians, there is careful study of the scripture and time, alone, in prayer. For Jews, there is the strong practice of “Mitzvah” or doing good deeds for others, privately, because these goodnesses are just between “you and God.” And, for all Muslims, there is the obligation to pray five times a day, no matter where you are.  

   To be alone WITH GOD is vital to honest spirituality. Yet those times of solitary faith are intended to bring us closer to others. So, even if we’re far away, we are close at heart.  The corona virus can isolate us or it can lead us to a deeper awareness of our spiritual connections.  These examples are at our finger-tips. We just have to remember we can:

   1. Pray for others, just because their need rests on our hearts.
   2. Go through a ritual at home that speaks of a faith beyond us.
   3. Listen to music or sing it because it calls us to a spiritual place.
   4. Focus on sacred symbols—perhaps a candle, an icon, a cross.
   5. Study the sacred texts with our hearts and our minds.
   6. Take a walk and notice the world God has made.

 There are many ways we can feel at one spiritually because the path has been prepared for us.  The connection of others who practice just being with God brings us closer to each other. And, that practice begins in our own hearts and minds. 
    Social distancing doesn’t have to be a curse. It can be a new calling to spiritual nearness, to be “alone” with others who cast their human uncertainties onto the certainty of God.

               SABBATH  by Marcia Falk
                    Three generations back
                     My family had only
                      To light a candle
                   And the world parted.
                   Today, Friday afternoon,
                I disconnect clocks and phones.
                  When night fills my house
                       With passages,
                     I begin saving
                       My life.

O God,
Help us find our way to You.
  For, You are our beginning and You will be our end.
Teach us to savor simple moments:
   the feel of sunlight, the flow of water, the song of birds.
When material possessions control our lives,
 and fill us with a sadness we cannot name,
Help us remember: the best things in life are not things.
      In our being and in our doing,
         breathe through our souls…again.

The Rev. Dr. Sally Palmer lives in Laramie and leads the On Sacred Ground team for WIN.
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15th- Online - Religious Literacy and Community Engagement: A Virtual Workshop for WIN

Benjamin Marcus, a religious literacy specialist at the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum, will facilitate an hour-long virtual workshop for the Wyoming Interfaith Network.

After discussing research about America's increasingly diverse religious landscape, we will analyze frameworks for making sense of changing and complex religious identities. The two primary frameworks covered by the workshop, which come from the field of religious literacy, are designed in part to combat the biases and prejudices that fuel violence. We will use these frameworks to diagram and explain our own religious and non-religious identities. Then we will discuss strategies for dialogue and action that better account for our lived religious experience

13th - 17th Online - “Stay Home, Stay Focused” from Interfaith Alliance
“Stay Home, Stay Focused” is a web series hosted by the Interfaith Alliance that focuses on the issues of justice, resilience, and religious freedom. See the schedule of guests below and join us every weekday at 10:15 AM MST on the Interfaith Alliance Facebook page.

9-11 Annual Meeting- Lander, WY - Trinity Episcopal Church
Join us for our annual meeting on September 9-11. More info to come.

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Wyoming Interfaith Network. PO Box 1473, Laramie, WY 82073
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