US Dept of the Interior Indian Affairs, Wind River Agency

US Department of the Interior Indian Affairs - Wind River Agency

Wind River Agency


The Wind River Reservation is located in southwestern Wyoming near Lander, Wyoming. This scenic and mountainous reservation is home to over 3,900 Eastern Shoshone and 8,600 Northern Arapahoe enrolled tribal members and contains about 2,268,000 acres of land within its exterior boundary. There are about 1,820,766 acres of tribal and allotted surface trust acreage.


The agency provides direct services in the following program areas: Executive Direction & Administration, Facilities Management, Agriculture, Forestry, Trust Services, Probate, Irrigation and Real Estate Services.


The Tribe has contracted the following programs: Job Placement & Training, Johnson O’Malley, Scholarships, Tribal Adult Education, Indian Child Welfare, Housing Improvement, Tribal Courts, Water Resources, Tribal Management & Development, Endangered Species, and Wildlife & Parks. Read more


Wind River Indian Reservation - Chiefs Documentary

Wind River Indian Reservation


Wind River Indian Reservation is an Indian reservation shared by the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes of Native Americans in the central western portion of the U.S. state of Wyoming. It is the seventh-largest Indian reservation by area in the United States, encompassing a land area of 3,473.272 sq mi (8,995.733 km²), or land and water area of 3,532.010 sq mi (9,147.864 km²), encompassing just over one-third of Fremont County and over one-fifth of Hot Springs County.[1] The reservation is located in the Wind River Basin, and is surrounded by the Wind River Mountain Range, Owl Creek Mountains, and the Absaroka Mountains. The 2000 census reported a population of 23,237 inhabitants. The largest town is Riverton. Headquarters are at Fort Washakie. Also home to the Wind River Casino, Little Wind Casino, 789 Smoke Shop & Casino (all Northern Arapaho) and the Shoshone Rose Casino (Eastern Shoshone), which are the only casinos in Wyoming. Read more



Chiefs documentary, Wind River Indian Reservation


Independent Lens: Chiefs - The Film

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Independent Lens: Chiefs


Every November for the last 18 years, Al Redman has unlocked the cage for Wyoming Indian High School's first day of boys' basketball practice. And every year so far, he's found a way to win. The silver-haired Redman has chalked up an impressive record as head coach of the powerhouse Chiefs, including five state championships and a record 50-game winning streak. But it has been eight years since the Chiefs have won a state title, a long time for a team that is the focal point for the community of Wind River, Wyoming.


For senior Beaver C'Bearing, who grew up dreaming of state victory, this year is his last chance. In time, Beaver and his teammates will be part of the audience, and will have to reconsider their priorities, but for the moment, the question is, what will happen during his senior year?


Wind River Indian Reservation (where the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone were confined by the U.S. government on 3,500 square miles of central Wyoming) is hardly an environment conducive to success. Poverty, alcoholism, racism and youth suicide are just a few of the challenges the cultures face. But despite all of this - or perhaps because of it - basketball is played on the rez and played very well. Read More

Chiefs: The Rez


The Wind River Reservation is home to over 5,000 Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Indians. Spanning 2,268,008 million acres in west-central Wyoming's Wind River Basin, it is the third-largest Indian reservation in the country. Learn about the history and the economy of one of the poorest areas of the United States.




The only U.S. reservation where Native Americans were able to choose where they wanted to live, Wind River was established by Chief Washakie for the Shoshone people. In 1863, he negotiated the Fort Bridger Treaty with the federal government, establishing 44 million acres of land for his tribe. The second Treaty of Fort Bridger in 1868 pared down the land to less than 2.8 million acres. After General Custer's defeat, the Northern Arapaho migrated south because they were offered a reservation in central Wyoming. The government reneged on this promise and forced the Arapaho people onto the Shoshone Reservation in 1876. The two tribes were traditional enemies who had fought each other almost continually throughout the 1800s. Their acrimonious relationship hindered reservation governance for more than a century.


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Wind River Indian Reservation - link below

The Wind River Indian Reservation


Wyoming’s Wind River Country is home to the seventh largest Indian reservation in the country. Encompassing more than 2.2 million acres, the Wind River Indian Reservation is home to the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho tribes. Visitors to the area can go to powwows and museums to learn more about the local culture, or can recreate on thousands of acres of vast, unspoiled reservation lands with special permits. Read more

C-SPAN Cities Tour - Casper, WY - "Arapaho Journeys"

C-SPAN Cities Tour - Casper: Sara Wiles "Arapaho Journeys" Published on Aug 15, 2014


Hear about the Arapaho Indian Tribe from author and photographer Sara Wiles. The Arapaho arrived at the Wind River Reservation in 1878. Since their arrival, the Arapaho was trying to make strides both economically and politically and still hold on to their traditions and culture. As a social worker on the reservation, Sara Wiles became intimately aware of the struggles of the tribe as well as got to know them as individuals. "Arapaho Journeys," is a series of photographs Wiles took on the reservation and the stories of the people who became her family.


Day 1 Going Back Home: Wind River Reservation
Published on May 3, 2015


The journey continues for The Coyote Way:Going Back Home short film project. Follow IIFM's Missy Whiteman as she journeys home to adapt the screenplay for this project and facilitates the 2015 Wind River U.N.I.T.Y. youth media project.


Wind River Casino Ad video
Published on Sep 4, 2015

A general ad for The Wind River Hotel & Casino located in Riverton, Wyoming on the Wind River Indian Reservation.