Thirteen hours before killer “Tricky” Riggle’s death sentence was to be carried out, Gov. Milward Simpson commuted his punishment to life in prison. Simpson family members later maintained that this cost the governor his second term, but other controversial stands—on gambling and the route of the new I-90—probably hurt him more.
Politics & Government
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|Barlow, Bill||Rebecca Hein|
|Barrett, Frank||Wyoming State Archives|
|Barrow, Merris, editor of Bill Barlow’s Budget||Rebecca Hein|
|Baxter, George||Wyoming State Archives|
|Bell, Tom, High Country News editor and publisher||Marjane Ambler|
|Bellamy, Mary Godat||Wyoming Legislative Service Office|
|Big Horn River Pilot, early Thermopolis, Wyo. newspaper||Rebecca Hein|
|Bill Barlow’s Budget newspaper||Rebecca Hein|
|Black Elk, Oglala Lakota holy man||Rebecca Hein|
|Black Kettle, Oglala Lakota man killed in 1903||Rebecca Hein|
Politics & Government
When present Wyoming was still part of Dakota Territory, hunters already were killing elk, deer and antelope by the thousands, often to sell the meat and hides. Tentatively at first and then more strongly, Wyoming territorial and state legislatures began passing game laws—and providing for their enforcement.
Sherman Coolidge, a Northern Arapaho adopted and educated by whites, served 26 years as an Episcopal priest on the reservation on Wind River. During that time, he largely allied himself with government over tribal interests. But later, active in the pan-Indian movement, he came to value preservation of Indian cultures over assimilation.
In a saga of bitter hardship and resolve, 350 Northern Cheyenne led by Little Wolf and Dull Knife escaped the Darlington Agency in present Oklahoma late in 1878. Struggling north, they were imprisoned in Nebraska, broke out and, crossing a corner of Wyoming Territory, finally returned to their Montana homelands.
Nearly 1,100 Wyoming servicemen, representing every county, died in World War II. As in other states, Wyoming’s people gained a stronger sense of being part of the nation thanks in part to war bond drives, scrap metal drives, book drives, victory gardens—and their loved ones’ service at home and overseas.
In 1870, three months after the Wyoming Territorial Legislature gave women the rights to vote and hold office, six women were called to serve on a grand jury—the first time in history. Lawyers objected, but Justices Howe and Kingman, strong supporters of women’s rights, stood firm and the women served.