“The numbers that you’re seeing in jail now are ... true numbers for this reservation,” a tribal judge said last month. Can tribal traditions help?
Wind River Indian Reservation
The 4th of July in Lander draws celebrants from across the region, making the parade a must for political candidates — none of whom appeared to be as popular as Parade Marshal George Abeyta.
“To be able to restore a connection to the buffalo is a way to help heal the past,” Jason Baldes said of ten bison added to the tribe’s herd on Oct. 21.
Wyoming cattle are free from known brucellosis infections for the first time in years, but the fear of exposure persists among ranchers.
In a land wracked by poverty, poor health, and trauma, restoration of bison could help resuscitate an oppressed people.