About Wind River
The Wind River Reservation area is home to both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, as well as people living in communities surrounding the reservation in Fremont County and Lander. With mountain peaks, meadows and alpine streams, the natural beauty of the land is unsurpassed. Recreation includes fishing, camping, climbing, white-water rafting and hunting. In the midst of the beauty, the residents of these communities face many social and economic challenges including poverty, unemployment and drug abuse. The Wind River Reservation is unique in that there are two tribes on the reservation. The Eastern Shoshone were allowed to choose their permanent location to call home. In 1868, Chief Washakie signed a treaty with the United States government formalizing the agreement and establishing the Wind River Reservation boundaries. Ten years later the government moved a band of Northern Arapaho onto the land, claiming it was only temporary. As traditional enemies, neither tribe was satisfied with the arrangement. 50 years later, the Arapaho hadn’t been moved; in 1928 the two tribes made peace and now share the reservation jointly. Fort Washakie is home to the Shoshone Tribal Cultural Center and the cemeteries where both Chief Washakie and Lewis and Clark’s Shoshone guide, Sacajawea, are buried. The Wind River Reservation is the seventh largest Indian reservation in the country, encompassing more than 2.2 million acres.
Serving in Wind River
• Serve through painting, cleaning, yard work or other simple work projects.
• Plan and lead kids programming for children in the community, including Bible lessons, games, crafts and reading.
• Students will have the opportunity to participate with each of the above service sites during the week.
You and your group will serve by painting and weatherizing homes in partnership with tribal housing authorities, running Kids Club programming for local children, and spending time with elderly residents. Groups will get to hear stories from community members, visit beautiful Sinks Canyon State Park and see the Eagle Spirit Dancers perform traditional native dances. You will also get the opportunity to participate in a community cookout.
1999 marked the first summer of YouthWorks being on the Wind River Reservation. Throughout our time we have served in several communities, both on and off the reservation throughout Fremont County.