Equality March protests worldwide hate group
RIVERTON, Wyo. - Over 650 people led by Wyoming Indian High School students took part in an Equality March to City Park for Martin Luther King Day to protest a worldwide hate group, World Church of the Creator, which recently announced that it would move its national headquarters to this small Wyoming town in the middle of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
"It is important to send a message that there isn't any room for hate in Wyoming," said Stephanie Sankey, high school senior and president of the E-Racism club. Several of the High School's student organizations organized the march with help from local churches and interested citizens from the county.
Dustin Coulston and Myron Chavez Jr. collaborated to design the logo of the march, a circle representing the four colors of man with the heading of "all my relations". The Northern Arapaho Tribal Council donated 400 T-shirts with the logo design for participants.
Leading the parade were the WIHS Eagle Staff, Sand Creek Staff, United States flag, Northern Arapaho Tribal flag, the state flag and a POW Flag brought by the veterans. The WIHS High Eagle Drum group followed the flags singing strong-heart songs to encourage the marchers. The crowd marched to City Park for a short program.
Burton Hutchinson, Northern Arapaho Tribal Chairman, said a prayer in his native language. Mark Soldier Wolf, Arapaho elder, spoke to the people of the struggle for freedom that soldiers of all races have gone through in wars of the past.