Northern Arapaho Newsletter Issue 004

New Computer Lab at Wind River Tribal College

The WRTC received a monetary award from the Bureau of Indian Affairs of $13,451. The award will go towards building a lab of 10 computers at the WRTC’s Ethete location.

Marlin Spoonhunter, the WRTC president, said the college has previously had laptops donated but have never had the funds to purchase new desktops.

“This computer lab has been a long time coming. These new computers will further assist our students in their higher education goals,” Spoonhunter said.

The lab will be open to any higher ed students and, eventually, depending on COVID restrictions, the public. The lab’s construction will be completed in four to six weeks.

The WRTC will also receive laptops through their partnership with Central Wyoming College, who recently received a grant to fund the laptops. They will go towards the WRTC’s mobile computer lab.

The Wind River Tribal College will continue to offer Higher Education classes through its partnership with Central Wyoming College.

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

Plains Indian Sign Language

Plains Indian Sign Language was used among Indigenous tribes living in central Canada, central and western United States, and the northern New Mexico region. Plains Indian Sign Language was used for communication among tribe who spoke different languages, trading, story telling, ceremonies, and by hard-of-hearing people for ordinary daily use.

The videos below, provided by Eugene RidgeBear Jr, are sets of introductory Arapaho Sign Language.

Tribe Hires New In-House Attorney

The Northern Arapaho Business council hired Clare Johnson as their new in-house attorney.

Clare Johnson is a member of the Cherokee Nation. She received her BA in History from Fort Lewis College, where she graduated with magna cum laude honors. Johnson then received her JD in Indigenous Law from Michigan State University College of Law, where she graduated with cum laude honors. She also holds a Masters of Jurisprudence. She was awarded Dean’s List Honors at both institutions, respectively.

“I went to law school wanting to practice Indian Law. This position is a great opportunity to work for the Northern Arapaho Tribe and Indian Country. I’m excited about the Tribe’s potential and where they are heading,” Johnson said.

As the in-house attorney, Johson’s role will include:

Assisting the business council.

Assisting tribal programs.

Drafting inter-tribal resolutions.

Drafting tribal resolutions.

Overseeing policies and procedures.

Johnson said she wants to give back to Indian Country. She mentioned that her door is open to any tribal members interested in a law career.

To get in contact with Clare Johnson, email clare.johnson@northernarapaho.com.

A Message From Wind River Family and Community Healthcare

Historical Fact:

On June 2nd, 1924, Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted citizenship to all American Indians born in the U.S.

Healing Ride

On February 20th, the Woxhoox owuune'tiit (Horse Culture) program will host their monthly Healing Ride. They will meet at 9am at the Givens Road turnoff. The event will begin with saddling the horses and then a prayer.

Woxhoox owuune'tiit is a program under the White Buffalo Youth Prevention Program.

Coordinator, Allison Sage, says the goal is to teach children and young adults how to pray and heal.

“We want to give our young people self confidence and a strong self esteem by learning how to control the horses. We also want them to just have a good day with the horses. The whole day is about camaraderie. We have to prepare the horses together, we ride together, we look out for each other, and we eat together. As long as we can give people hope and something to look forward to they can feel good in life. We also want to teach them about horses and hopefully someday they can take care of their own” Sage said.

The ride is open to the public and not limited to children or young adults. No previous experience with horses is needed.

Sage said, although it may be cold, riding in the cold is a good life lesson. He said it teaches people about perseverance and how to overcome a challenge. Sage wants to show the children in the community that there are people willing to help them and that their lives are important.

“These horses are a gift during these times. We want to share that with people,” Sage said.

During the January ride, there were 16 horses and 19 riders. The names of the horses in the upcoming ride include Rush In, Black Beauty, Red Cloud, Sally, Stands Tall, Blondie, Midnight, Hisei, and Hebes.

The program previously received a grant from the Hughes Foundation out of Jackson Wy. In the future they plan to become a 501(c)(3).

For more information, email elksage76@hotmail.com or call (307) 240-1468

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