Wind River Indian Reservation sets Precedent with Development of Interpretive Plan
The Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) has partnered with the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the US Forest Service Center for Design and Interpretation (CDI), and the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes for the development of an Interpretive Plan for the people of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The plan, when completed, will be the first ever for a United States Indian Reservation.
This interpretive planning project was initiated through the desire of many to hear, sometimes for the first time, the history of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho people of the Wind River Indian Reservation. This plan attempts to share an important history in order for the citizens of Wyoming, as well as visitors to Wyoming, to gain a broader understanding of the past and present of the state.
WOT will utilize this plan to help facilitate responsible tourism development on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Kristin Phipps, Destination Development Manager with WOT says, "Our ultimate goal is to help bring economic benefits of the tourism industry to the host tribes- while preserving the cultural and natural resources of this incredible place. With the development of this plan, we can help ensure that the stories and places that are shared with visitors, and residents alike, are accurate and appropriate to share".
In addition to facilitating tourism development, the plan is intended to be used as an educational tool. Phipps went on to explain the importance, "The stories of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes carry far beyond the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation, and have shaped our history as a State. It is important for all of us who live and work here to recognize this significance."
A final draft of the plan is expected to be released in November in conjunction with American Indian Heritage Month. For more information on this project, please contact Kristin Phipps at firstname.lastname@example.org.