Wyoming tribe leaders blast US Senate draft bill

By  | 

Riverton, WY (AP) Tribe leaders are opposing a bill co-sponsored by Wyoming's congressional delegation regarding the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The legislation would clarify the reservation boundary.

The boundary came under question after the Environmental Protection Agency issued a decision in December that included Riverton as part of the reservation. The draft bill would declare that the city's 171,000 acres have never been part of the reservation shared by the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho and will remain outside its borders.

In a statement, the Northern Arapaho leaders said the bill should "appall and worry Native American people everywhere."

Eastern Shoshone Business Council Chairman Darwin St. Clair said in an email to The Riverton Ranger that Riverton is part of the Eastern Shoshone homeland since "time immemorial."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus