Update at 4:30 pm on April 22nd: Shoshone tribal offices will partially reopen May 4, not stayed closed all May.
Shoshone Business Council (SBC) Vice-chair Karen Snyder shared a live-stream address on Facebook today, April 22nd, and a public service announcement was also released.
In both the video and announcement, Vice-chair Snyder extended condolences to the families impacted by the recent COVID-10 deaths on the Wind Reservation. “First and foremost, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe sends our condolences to the families of those affected by the recent deaths on the Wind River Reservation due to the COVID 19. We extend our hearts and sincere prayers to the Wheeler Family and the Northern Arapaho Tribe.”
The PSA also emphasizes the following statement:
One message that we want to send loud and clear to all of the listeners today is that COVID 19 did not start on the Wind River Reservation– our tribal members were exposed through an exposure outside of our borders. Please do not place blame or point fingers, as that is the type of divisive behavior that creates barriers. I am a firm believer in unity, collaboration and open, candid discussions and that is how we flatten the curve and work to overcome this crisis.
In addition, Vice-chair Snyder shared the purpose of this is to serve as a reminder that the “Stay Home order in place for the Wind River Reservation and to better communicate the current status. There is also a curfew law that has always been in place for our youth. This curfew law from the Shoshone and Arapaho Law & Order Code also finds guardians and parents liable if youth do not follow the statute.”
The complete PSA and steps taken by SBC to combat COVID-19 can be read here: Statement from Karen Snyder on COVID-19_4-22
The live address from earlier today can be watched below: