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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:01 AM

Here's What Life Is Actually Like On The Wind River Indian Reservation

http://www.businessinsider.com/wind-river-indian-reservation-in-wyoming-2013-2?op=1

The Wind River Indian Reservation is not an easy place to get to, but I had to see it for myself.

Thirty-five-hundred square miles of prairie and mountains in western Wyoming, the reservation is home to bitter ancestral enemies: the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes.

Even among reservations, it's renowned for brutal crime, widespread drug use, and legal dumping of toxic waste.

But no matter how much you hear about Wind River, there always seemed to be something unsaid. I spent over a week there and in the nearby towns. It was perhaps the most dramatic and unbalanced place I've ever been.


The Wind River reservation is located in central Wyoming. The landscape is unlike anything most people have ever seen


Out 'here' is the 3,500 square miles where Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes share unforgiving land that neither tribe called home until the U.S. forced them to in 1868. Before being forced to share the same reservation, the two tribes were enemies.


The locals call Wind River the 'Rez' and it's not far from the town of Shoshoni.


Wind River is in fact one of the deadliest places in the United States.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 08:24 AM

1. No different than the Crow or

Cheyenne here in Montana. I have met plenty of Indians here, they hate the white eyes.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:05 AM

2. One of the most beautiful places I've ever been, though--

crossed through it on the way to Yellowstone.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:32 AM

3. Reservation, the American euphemism for large concentration camp!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:49 AM

4. We once traveled through parts of WY, we came across a cemetery or two... Indian cemeteries. Most

of the people buried there were young.... 18, 21, 24, etc.

Tombstones read "knife fight", "gun shot", "suicide", etc. it was truly depressing.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:55 AM

5. Oddly enough, I got no feeling at all for what "life is actually like." There are very few people in

the photos, and the slide-show feels like a one-day escorted drive-through. I understand these kinds of things are difficult to put together, but I would say a look inside Wind River does not deserve the "Business Insider" (which is trying to be Cracked with worse writing and a classy name) treatment.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:33 PM

6. While we worry about first world problems, I often think of places like this. n/t

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