Northern Arapaho Tribe welcomes U.S. Rep. Cheney to Wind River Reservation

(Wind River Reservation, WY) – The Northern Arapaho Business Council shared they were pleased to welcome U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) to the Wind River Reservation for a briefing with Tribal leaders Wednesday.

“We appreciate Congresswoman Cheney visiting our community and learning first-hand the unique issues that face our Arapaho people,” said Chairman Jordan Dresser of the NABC. “Support from the Wyoming congressional delegation is vital as we seek necessary federal assistance to ensure our Members have access to basic amenities, including quality healthcare, housing and reliable access to clean water.”

Rep. Cheney’s visit included a briefing with Chairman Dresser, Co-Chairman Spoonhunter and members of the NABC, as well as Wind River Family & Community Healthcare CEO Richard Brannan, Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing Director Patrick Goggles, Tribal Engineering Department Director Jola Wallowingbull and other Northern Arapaho officials.

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“I want to thank the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Business Council for welcoming me to the reservation Wednesday afternoon,” said Rep. Cheney. “There are so many issues unique to the Native American community and this visit was an important opportunity to discuss how we can work at the federal level to expand access to quality healthcare, provide opportunities for better housing, and improve water infrastructure for members of the Tribe. I look forward to continuing to work with Tribal Leaders and the Northern Arapaho people to bring more attention to and address these critical issues.”

h/t NABC – Rep. Cheney being presented with a Pendleton blanket as a token of the Northern Arapaho Tribe’s appreciation

As with much of Indian Country, the Wind River Reservation was hit particularly hard by COVID-19, shared the NABC. Case numbers have come down dramatically in recent months due to aggressive mitigation measures and an ongoing vaccination campaign, but Wind River Family & Community Healthcare remains underfunded by the federal Indian Health Service. The reservation also faces a serious housing shortfall that was aggravated during the pandemic, as well as outdated water systems and other basic infrastructure.

“It’s critical that our Business Council maintain an open line of communication with federal officials, which is why today’s visit with Congresswoman Cheney is so important,” said Co-Chairman Spoonhunter of the NABC. “We thank Congresswoman Cheney for being mindful of the challenges facing Indian Country and the Arapaho people.”

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