Wyoming senators working on Riverton bill

By: AP
By: AP

Riverton, WY (AP) - Wyoming Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso are working on legislation to prevent Riverton from being considered part of the Wind River Reservation.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the bill was drafted with the help of Gov. Matt Mead's office. It would declare that the city has never been a part of the reservation and will remain outside its borders.

In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded a 1905 federal law opening over 1 million acres of the reservation to non-Indian settlement didn't extinguish its reservation status. It addressed the boundary issue in granting a request from both the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes to treat the reservation as a separate state under the federal Clean Air Act.

Wyoming is challenging the EPA decision in court.

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