Located in the west-central portion of Wyoming, the Wind
River Indian Reservation covers 2,268,000 acres. Originally
encompassing 44 million acres, land cessions have resulted in the
present size. Wind River is the third largest reservation in the
United States. It is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern
Arapaho Nations; each of which has its own separate, autonomous
Lack of employment opportunities, as well as a decline in
tribal oil and gas revenues, have combined with other factors to
create a significant homelessness problem at Wind River. The
Arapahoe Shelter Project, located on the reservation at the
community of Arapahoe, is a transitional homeless shelter.
Currently being implemented, the shelter site is located close to
Indian Health Services, a general store, the Black Coal Senior
Center, the Great Plains Hall, a detox center and extended family
members. Easily accessed in a safe location, the shelter is
approved and supported by the Arapaho Business Council.
Unfortunately, sporadic availability of funding has delayed the
opening of the shelter.
Although fundraising efforts and donations of time and
materials have been of great assistance, it has not been enough.
Additional funds are needed for installation and hook-up of
utilities as well as final site preparation. An intensive
campaign to generate funds for supplemental food supplies is also
underway as general economic conditions degenerate and winter
As our elected officials struggle to maintain services and
generate additional economic development, others of us are
fighting to help meet basic needs. Implementation and operating
funds for the Arapahoe Shelter Project are still needed.
Persons who would like more information may contact:
The Arapahoe Shelter Project, Attn: Irene Houser, PO Box 8035,
Ethete, WY 82520-8035 Fax: 307-332-9104.
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