EDITORIAL: Wyoming town taken over by an Indian tribe
Residents of Riverton, a quiet town of 11,000 in Wyoming, were shocked to wake up one recent morning to learn they were now Indians. Sort of. Their town had been taken over by an Indian tribe without a bullet or arrow being fired. This hasn’t happened since Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, having put the torch to the South, arrived to take on the Nez Perce. Yet no battles took place last month. The Environmental Protection Agency simply approved an application by the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes to declare the newly expanded tribal region henceforth be treated “as a state.”
This is pleasant news.
I want some sources tho :)
The best part is that the town was already on the reservation and had been settled by whites after it was already declared part of the reservation by the federal government back in the 1860s. So if anything, they have no one to blame but themselves for settling on an already declared reservation. The EPA simply read the treaty and declared that the real people they needed to work with are the representatives of the reservation, not the government of the settler town.
Now, if the settlers remain in the town they get to feel first hand what it’s like to live on a reservation and get almost nothing in terms of funding from the state or federal governments.
I hope this sets a precedent.
OH MY GOD
Matt Mead, the Republican governor, is furious. “This decision goes against 100 years of history,” he said, “involving over a million acres of land.
OH BOY GOLLY A HUNDRED FUCKING YEARS
HOW LONG DOES THIS GUY THINK THE ARAPAHO AND SHOSHONE HAVE BEEN THERE, AS LONG AS WE’RE MEASURING IN SENIORITY
I wonder if this is a little like how these tribes felt a century ago when they woke up and found all these white people building a town lmao fucking love this so much god bless
THIS IS FUCKING BRILLIANT OMFG