Indigenous People in Wyoming and the West
In March 2017 the Wyoming Legislature passed and Gov. Matt Mead signed a new law directing our public schools to offer more about the history and culture of the Eastern Shoshone, Northern Arapaho and other tribes of the region. With the help of scholars, tribal elders and educators on the Wind River Reservation, we began adding to our content about American Indians, and educators on the reservation have begun helping us develop classroom materials to accompany these articles. For a selection of the articles, click on the links below. For more information on the classroom materials—digital toolkits of Wyoming history, we call them—visit our Education page. These efforts are possible with generous support from the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, the Ellbogen Family Foundation, a steadily growing list of Wyoming school districts—and the tribal members who consulted on the content. Special thanks to all.
- Separate Lands for Separate Tribes: The Horse Creek Treaty of 1851
- Coming to Wind River: The Eastern Shoshone Treaties of 1863 and 1868
- Peace, War, Land and a Funeral: The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868
- The Arapaho Arrive: Two Nations on One Reservation
- Fragmenting Tribal Lands: The Dawes Act of 1887
- When the Tribes Sold the Hot Springs
- Trouble at Lightning Creek: "A Stained Page in Wyoming's History"
- The Tribes Sell Off More Land: The 1905 Agreement
- Touring the Reservations: the 1913 American Indian Citizenship Expedition
- Native Rights to Wind River Water
- Holding on to Sovereignty: The Tribes Mix Old Forms with New
- Managing Game on the Wind River Reservation
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