Stories from the Wind River Reservation

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The Wind River Indian Reservation is as beautiful as its melodic name!  It’s one of the largest Reservations in the United States, spanning over 2.2 million acres and contained within the boundaries of the state.  Its scenery ranges from high grassland to some of the most majestic and least populated mountain ranges. Wyoming Public Media serves the Wind River Reservation through Lander (KUWR 91.9, Riverton (KUWT 91.3) and Dubois (KUWR 91.3) locations.  Our reporters tell the stories of the Reservation, focusing on issues that affect the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes.  You can hear these stories on this page.  They reflect the lives of people on the Reservation, their history, hopes, and ambitions. 

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Open Spaces
2:18 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

August 5th, 2011

News
7:07 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Pavillion residents fear Encana could shirk cleanup duties through land sale

Residents of the town of Pavillion say a company called Legacy Reserves LP has entered an agreement to purchase natural gas properties in the area from the current owner, Encana. 

Representatives from Legacy Reserves did not return calls to confirm the sale, but according to their website,  the Midland, Texas-based company will purchase several properties in Freemont County, where Pavillion is located, for 45-million dollars.

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News
6:42 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Northern Arapaho man loses bid to appeal ruling in infant death case

A Northern Arapaho man has lost another bid to challenge his conviction in the beating death of his infant daughter.

Andrew John Yellowbear Jr. is serving a life sentence in the death of 22-month-old Marcela Hope Yellowbear in 2004.

He had argued Wyoming lacked authority to prosecute him because the area of Riverton where Marcela died was legally part of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year declined to consider that argument.

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Open Spaces
2:20 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Tribal officials fear uranium contamination could be causing cancer on Wind River Reservation

Last year, the Department of Energy released well monitoring data from the Wind River Reservation. What they found was that uranium levels in a number of their wells had spiked up to 100 times the legal limit. But while the data points to the fact that there may be a serious problem with the area, it's nothing new: residents in the area have been complaining of health problems for years, and now both the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes, as well as a truckload of other federal agencies, are trying to figure out what's going on, and what to do next.

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