“Brutal Crimes Grip an Indian Reservation”. That headline earller this year in the New York Times struck a raw nerve on the Wind River Indian Reservation and around Wyoming. The article portrayed a community riven by crime and violence and unable to cope with social problems, a polluted environment and poverty. Yet it also led many residents to protest what they saw as one-sided reporting that focused only on the worst aspects of life on the reservation. Many students wrote replies, one of which was published by the newspaper. In this program, Wyoming Chronicle will convene a panel of Indian youth to discuss how life on the reservation is reported and perceived. We will also see how a tribal-centered curriculum featuring traditional arts is helping anchor young lives on the Reservation with meaning, sense of purpose, and community.
NY Times article:
Reply by Willow Pingree of Fort Washakie Charter High School published in NY Times: