Northern Arapaho Newsletter Issue 003

Sober Living Apartments Coming to Reservation

White Buffalo Recovery Center recently purchased a barrack housing unit from Paul's Mobile Home Service in Riverton, Wy. Wind River Family and Community Healthcare contributed half the expenses for the housing unit. White Buffalo plans to develop the unit into sober living apartments.

Front View of sober living apartments, under construction

White Buffalo Recovery is a division of the Wind River and Community Health Care system operated by the Northern Arapaho Tribe and is dedicated to serving the Wind River Reservation and surrounding communities.

White Buffalo's mission is to address the needs of those individuals and families seeking recovery services. They accomplish this by providing community-based treatment, cultural revitalization, and education prevention activities.

The co-ed sober living house will include 14 one bedroom-one bath apartments, a communal kitchen, two handicap accessible rooms, group room, dining area, and an office space. The apartments will work on an application and approval process.

The goal is to provide clients with housing in a recovery supportive environment. Clients will receive help with costs and needs in order to focus on their recovery.

Sunny Goggles, the program director, said she'd sometimes see clients living in a situation or surrounded by people that didn't support their recovery.

"For the first time, we'll have sober living on the reservation. Our goal is long term. We want to provide everyone with the resources to maintain sobriety," Goggles said.

The Apartments will have a sober living manager. Clients will act as sober residential assistants.

While living in the apartments, clients will participate in peer support groups, 12 step groups, traditional language classes, AA Recovery support classes, traditional craft classes, and more.

The sober living apartments are still under construction—White Buffalo plans for completion in the summer of 2021.

White Buffalo Recovery Center is located at 22 Great Plains Road Arapahoe, WY 82510.

For more information, call 307-856-4533

Front View of sober living apartments, under construction

Arapaho Phrase

Drink some water—Wonbene nec (won-beh-na-netch)

Click link below to hear a fluent elder pronounce this week's phrase

The audio is from the Arapaho Language App, which is made possible by our fluent elder speakers and Arapaho School district #38

CWC Class to Use Buffalo Pasture as Lab

On Monday January 11th, Jason Baldes started his Central Wyoming College course, taught at the Wind River Tribal College. The class is an intro to environmental science class. The goal is to introduce students to the concepts of environmental science using principles from the fields of biology, ecology, and the physical sciences. The course focuses on themes of sustainability, stewardship, and science.

The Wind River Tribal College is a Tribally chartered college located in Fort Washakie, Wyoming.

Once the students learn all the core concepts, Baldes will host the class' labs at the Arapaho Tribe's bison pasture, near Kinnear.

Baldes plans to teach his students the way their great-grandparents saw the environment. He said it was about the relation to the land rather than seeing the land as just a resource. He said this is called traditional ecological knowledge.

Using the buffalo pastures as a lab will allow the students to study the soil's quality, ecosystem, and characteristics.

Baldes said bison have unique dust bathing behaviors. He said their wallow areas are essential for water accumulation and seed dispersion; bison wallows allow for a more diverse community of organisms.

"The buffalo restoration efforts are an incredible opportunity for our students to observe [the bison's] unique behaviors and the changes they make on the landscape. Bison are considered keystone species because of the way they benefit other organisms. You can imagine the beneficial impact a large herd of bison would've had on the land. When they walk, their hooves naturally aerate the soil," Baldes said.

Baldes believes this class will be culturally relevant and beneficial to the community, making it more interesting for his students.

Historical Fact: Before the Arapaho had pots and pans, they would use rocks to boil their meat. First they would pound a hole in the rock then add the water and meat. Next, they placed it over a fire to boil. They would also place little rocks in the fire and once they were heated up, take them out with sticks and place them in the water.

A Message From Wind River Family and Community Health Care

WRFCHC continues to administer the COVID19 vaccination at Arapahoe Clinic with appointments being held at Great Plains Hall. Appointments are being made now for those needing their second dose. Limited appointments for the first dose will be available next week.

The vaccine priority list is as follows:

Any Tribal member over the age of 50

Any Tribal member with underlying health conditions

Any Enrolled Member working for the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

While the distribution of the COVID19 Vaccine has been slow in making its way here to WRFCHC, we will keep immediate updates available on our Facebook page.

Other services available at our clinics include:




Behavioral Health





Physical therapy

Occupational therapy

Benefits Coordination

Transportation (pending per COVID19 restrictions)

Specialty Clinics; Prenatal, Podiatry, Women’s Health, Diabetic Clinic, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Health Programs: Family Spirit, Maternal Child Health, School Base Programs, Wind River Rises, Traditional Practice to Wellness, Prevention Through Intervention, Strengthening Generations, Contact Tracing, Population Health

Diabetes Program

Environmental Health

Optical Store

White Buffalo Recovery Program

White Buffalo Wellness Program

White Buffalo Youth Prevention Program

Some services are only available at specific clinics and locations. Contact us at the numbers below to continue your healthcare with our compassionate and caring staff. We look forward to working with you to meet your Healthcare goals!

Wind River Family and Community Healthcare Locations

Riverton Clinic

511 N 12th E Street

Riverton, WY 82501

Main: 307.240.5234

Pharmacy: 307.855.2989

Arapahoe Clinic

#14 Great Plains Road

Arapahoe, WY 82510

Main: 307.856.9281

Pharmacy: 307.855.2975

Ethete Clinic

707 Blue Sky HWY 132

Ethete, WY 82520

Main: 307.855.2992

Pharmacy: 307.855.2951

Hours of Operation

Monday- Friday

8:00 am till 5:30 pm

Riverton Pharmacy Hours

Sunday 9pm-9pm

Monday 8 am till 9 pm

Tuesday 8 am till 7 pm

Wednesday 8 am till 7 pm

Thursday 8 am till 7 pm

Friday 8 am till 9 pm

Saturday 9 am till 9 pm

From our family to yours, we welcome you to your medical home!

Arapaho Master Apprentice Program

On October 1st, 2020, the Northern Arapaho Tribe started their Master Apprentice Program. They received a $90,000 grant in part from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) and First Nations Development Institute.

The goal of the Master Apprentice Program is to educate families in the Arapaho language and Arapaho history. Students are paired with a fluent Arapaho Elder, and they meet for eight hours a week. The elders teach in an immersion style of teaching.

Each Monday and Wednesday, trainers give mini workshops and presentations on language, history, and culture. Each month for three hours, they present on how the Arapaho lived year-round, seasonally.

Due to COVID-19, all meetings are held virtually.

The master teachers include Ray Underwood, William C'hair, Wayne C'hair, Darlene Bell, Mary Ann Duran, Cora Willow, and Flora Willow.

Wayne C'Hair and Ray Underwood at Master Apprentice meeting, 2019

The students include Cindy Sage Winn, Alena Singer, Tamara Duran, Collins Little White Man, Martin Blackburn, Andy C'hair, and Carrie WhiteAntelope.

"The Arapaho Language Master Apprentice Program provides a vital link between generations of Arapahos. It provides direct insight into the Arapaho world view and relationships. I am truly thankful to have this opportunity to learn our beautiful language," Said Singer.

Tillie Jenkins, Mike Ridgebear, and Marlin Spoonhunter are the trainers.

Tamara Duran said being a part of the Master Apprentice Program for the second time has been a blessing.

"I am thankful for our master teachers, apprentices, and the advisory board for taking the time to slow down and speak our beautiful language. If we don't use it, we lose it. I encourage everyone to learn, I struggle daily, but I have learned that there is no wrong way," said Tamara Duran.

For more information, email Marlin Spoonhunter at Mspoonhunter@windrivertc.org.

New Road Signs

The Wind River Intertribal Council (WRITC) Department of Transportation is installing new street-name signs and regulatory signs around the Wind River Reservation. The Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes assumed administration and operation of the transportation program from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2009.

The project's funding is from annual Tribal Transportation Program funds and is part of ongoing road maintenance activities.

The program director, Howard Brown, says these signs are solving a safety issue.

"We need these street signs for our law enforcement and Emergency response. With these signs, they will be able to get to specific destinations a little quicker," Brown said.

Each street-name sign will display both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone emblem, respectively.

Brown emphasized that the street and regulatory sign project is expensive and if the signs were to get vandalized or stolen, then the funds used to replace the signs takes away funds for other safety enhancement projects.

Contact info for WRITC Department of Transportation:

1114 17-MILE ROAD



PHONE: 307-463-4443

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