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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (2021 - old)

Wyoming Wilderness Association would like to recognize that public wildlands are Native lands, and that more than twenty indigenous tribes are connected to Wyoming including, the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Lakota, Dakota and Nakota bands), Hinono’ei (Arapaho), Sáhniš (Arikara), Panati (Bannock), Niitsitapi (Blackfeet), Tsistsistas (Cheyenne), Apsaalooké (Crow), A'aninin (Gros Ventre), [Gáuigú (Kiowa), Nimi'ipuu (Nez Perce), Tukudeka (Sheep Eater), Newe (Shoshone) and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute). These tribes were forcibly and often violently removed from the areas where Wyoming’s public wildlands and communities now exist. 


Our main office is located in Sheridan, WY on land of the Apsaalooké, Tsistsistas, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ people. The Sheridan area’s land was originally promised to be the reservation designated for the Northern Arapaho Band. This agreement was never confirmed or ratified, leaving the Northern Arapaho with no designated land for their reservation and placed indefinitely on the Shoshone Reservation, which is now the Wind River Indian Reservation. 


We respect all native people’s historic, present, and future presence in Wyoming and across the country. Far too often native people are discussed as relics of the past, rather than vital members of living cultures with the ability to offer keystone perspectives and wisdom regarding a path forward. We value the indigenous commitment to land stewardship that has kept our wildernesses pristine for generations to enjoy, and acknowledge that the wildlands we protect today were far from vacant of a human presence before the anglo-american arrival. We seek the involvement and advocacy from Wyoming’s original land inhabitants and stewards in the work we do. 


WWA would lastly like to admit that this land acknowledgement, as well as our commitment to engaging Native peoples in our work is far from perfect. We welcome and encourage all feedback and suggestions.

For more some great map resources about Native lands, check out these resources:

US Forest Service Tribal Connections Map

Native Land Digital Map

WYOMING WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION

  • Bob & Carol Berry

  • Betty B. Baril Fund

  • Susan Bullock

  • Mike Campbell

  • Frances Clark

  • Eugenie Copp

  • Peter & Eva Crane

  • Betsy Denison

  • Jen Durning

  • Ann Harvey

  • Bruce Hayse

  • Liz Howell

  • Bronco & Botsy Jones

  • Dennis & Judy Knight

  • Lorraine G. Bonney Trust

  • Kevin & Judy Lund

  • Bernard McHugh

  • Edgar Morsman Jr.

  • Gilman & Margaret Ordway

  • Ken Overfield

  • Anne Pendergast

  • Story & William Resor

  • John Sisk

  • Douglas & Pegi Sobey

  • Jim & Kim Springer

  • Geoffrey Tennican

  • Joan Wallick

SPRING 2015

SNF signs Final Forest Plan and begins travel management planning with a focus on adding three motorized loop opportunities

FALL 2015

SNF accepts pre-scoping comments and public travel proposals, WWA submitted Initial Proposal Responses

WINTER 2016

SNF addresses unauthorized motorized use concerns. WWA serves on the Education and Compliance Working Group to produce 

recommendations for the SNF 

SPRING 2016

SNF releases a Proposed Action and 2015 Travel Analysis Report. WWA submitted  comments.

FALL 2017

SNF releases a minorly revised Proposed Action, and a new Travel Analysis Report with more roads “Likely Needed.”

SNF releases Preliminary Environmental Assessment, despite covid and public engagement concerns

SUMMER 2021

SNF intends to release a revised draft by year end. WWA submits request  for improved readability of travel proposals

SUMMER 2021

Wind River District announces,  and then postpones, blasting improvement project on highly debated ATV trail

SUMMER 2020

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