Autopsy planned on woman who died at Fort Washakie jail; Dubois man died of heart attack

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – Fremont County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Stratmoen said there was nothing outwardly suspicious in the death of a 32-year-old female, presumed to be from Riverton, who died at the BIA Wind River Police Department jail Thursday night. Stratmoen said an autopsy will be conducted Satuday. The woman’s identity has not yet been released. Prolonged efforts to revive the woman at the jail were unsuccessful.

St. Clair to be speaker at Shoshonean Cultural Days Celebration at Colter Bay Visitor Center

(Moose, Wyo.) – A tribute to Shoshonean history and culture will take place at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on September 3rd and 4th. The Shoshonean peoples of the Eastern Great Basin and Western Plains hunted seasonally in what is now Grand Teton National Park and left behind a sizeable archeological record. Their modern-day descendants still live in the region and have maintained their languages and cultural practices. Cultural speakers and exhibits of traditional and modern Shoshonean arts will explain the present-day influence of Shoshone peoples. The following programs are free to the public.

Charlotte Waterman

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – Charlotte Waterman, age 74, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo.  She was born January 22, 1940, at Fort Washakie the daughter of the late Sherman and Hazel Hereford.
Charlotte was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation. She attended school at Ft. Washakie. She enjoyed reading, camping, sewing, pow wows, the sundance and being around her family and grandchildren.
She is survived by daughter, Roxanne Wright; sons, Sherman Hereford Jr., Verlin, Vernon and Jake Rooks, Don Dushapin Jr. and RV Hereford and their families; brothers, Robert “Bob” Hereford and Willis “Dukie” Hereford and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Hazel Rooks; sisters, Joanne Nowlin, Louise Thompson, Emma Jean Bell and Elabie and Marcella Hereford; brothers, Victor, Jackie, Seewright and Stanley Hereford; nieces, Patty Lou and Jacqueline Raye Hereford.
Traditional Indian Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 21st at 10 AM at Rocky Mountain Hall with Arlen Shoyo officiating. An Evening Service and Wake will be held Wednesday, August 20th at Rocky Mountain Hall staring at 7 PM. Interment will be in the Chief Washakie Cemetery. Services provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home.

Lightning strikes, bad driver result in several power outages in the county

(Riverton, Wyo.) – There were two power outages reported in the county overnight. One was the result of a lightning strike above Fort Washakie last night that lasted over an hour before a High Plains Power crew could arrive on the scene and restore electric service. There was a power bump reported in Hidden Valley last night as well, also the result of a lightning strike, a High Plains representative reported.

Old cemetery behind Ft. Washakie School cedared in Wednesday ceremony

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – The Board of Trustees of Fremont County School District #21 held a ceremony at a gravesite located behind the elementary building on Wednesday afternoon on ground recently acquired by the school. The graves are dated from the 1920’s when the school was a government boarding school. The Archeology Department from the University of Wyoming determined there were 8-10 graves located in the one area.

100 Day Community Challenge begins Friday at Fort Washakie

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – An event to showcase the positive side of the Wind River Reservation is beginning Friday morning at Rocky Mountain Hall. Organizer Michael Chingman said the event is being planned “to bring the community together for 100 days of positive thoughts, actions and events to show our community there is good amongst us,” he said. “If we come together, we can get things done together.”

Today’s obituaries and service reminders: Henan, Posey Jr., Pulver and Sable

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – Mary Lou Henan of Fort Washakie died at home on July 19, 2014. Visitation has been arranged for 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the Chapel of Mount Hope, Hudson’s Funeral Home, Lander. The Funeral Service will be 10 a.m., Friday, July 25, 2014, in the Shoshone Episcopal Mission on Trout Creek Road. Burial will follow in the Sacajawea Cemetery. A full obituary will follow here at a later date.

Little Bit of Local History: Freighting and fighting on the road to Fort Washakie

By Jean Mathisen Haugen, Lander Historian
(Lander, Wyo.) – Back in the 1880’s Lander and Fort Washakie were both very isolated from getting goods for the people who lived in the area and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.   Goods were brought in by freight wagons from the railhead at Rawlins. Although the Shoshone Reservation was established in 1868 and Camp Augur established on the future site of Lander in 1869, Chief Washakie refused to move his people over until more protection from the government was provided to keep raiding Indians from harming his people. By 1871 he had moved them over. In 1877 permission was asked to allow the Arapaho, who had nowhere to go, to stay temporarily on the Shoshone Reservation.  Temporary turned to long-term and eventually became permanent–which was rather strange, since the tribes had been hereditary enemies for years.
The government was having hard times financially in 1881 and decided the Indians could freight their own supplies from the railhead at Rawlins to Fort Washakie. They furnished them with wagons, harnesses, and four-pony teams for two wagon trains.  Two Indians were assigned to each wagon: one drove the wheeler and the other drove the leaders. One wagon train was manned by Shoshones and the other by Arapahos.  A white trail boss supervised each wagon train.
William McCabe, a long-time scout with the Army, bossed the Arapaho train on one trip.  He was noted for his honesty and was respected by all who knew him. On this trip he went to “lower town” in Rawlins to have a bit of fun. On his way back to camp two men followed him, knocked him down and robbed him.   When Mack recovered consciousness the sheriff asked him if he knew who assaulted him. Mack replied he knew them well. The sheriff repeatedly asked McCabe for their names, but he refused to say.  “When I get well, I’ll settle with them without any help from the law.”
And so he did. During the evening Billy McCabe walked up to a man at the bar and asked him to turn around–he wanted to get a better look at him.  When the man did, Billy recognized him, pulled a gun and shot him through the head. He then looked around and asked if anyone else wanted to interfere. No one did.
The sheriff arrested McCabe at the Indian camp. The Arapahos saw him coming, got their guns and told McCabe he didn’t have to go. McCabe went quietly with the sheriff.  Mack was charged with first degree murder and the venue was changed to Sweetwater County. At the trial, one witness, who had imbibed liberally of booze, made a motion to the judge that he adjourn court so everyone could go out and have a drink. In due process, the jury found Billy McCabe not guilty.
After his rather lively year of 1881, McCabe settled down to a quieter life and remained at Fort Washakie until the military abandoned it in 1909. He moved to an old soldier’s home in Saltillo, California and died there December 8, 1914. Though his exact age was unknown, he was well into his eighties. And thus ended the tale of freighting and fighting on the road to Fort Washakie.
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