Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming

Staff Reports
3/7/01

Amid tribal songs, drums and prayers, Chief Washakie of the Eastern Shoshone was enshrined at the state Capitol Feb. 21. Two descendants of the chief blessed a bronze 7-foot statue, fanning it with cedar smoke and a feather. James Trosper, Washakie's great-great-grandson, said that among the many things, Washakie built a girls school to pass on American Indian culture to future generations. Similar sculptures are on display in Fort Washakie and at Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. Historians say Chief Washakie rallied disparate bands of Shoshone warriors in the mid-1800s. He believed the Shoshone would need to make peace with the immigrants and press for a sanctuary. That goal was realized July 3, 1868, when he signed the Fort Bridger Treaty establishing a 3 million-acre reservation in his beloved Wind River Valley, a homeland the Eastern Shoshone share with the Northern Arapaho. About $200,000 of the $500,000 will be placed in an endowment for Shoshone youth at the University of Wyoming, Trosper said. Roberta Engavo, Shoshone tribal elder and a distant relative of Washakie, led prayers in Shoshone and English. "Whatever our needs are on the reservation, Chief Washakie will lead us in the right direction

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