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June 14th, 2018

Contact: Chris Floyd, 307-782-3842

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            The third presentation in the Fort Bridger State Historic Site Treaty of 1868 Speaker Series features author Lee Juan Tyler, a current member of the Fort Hall Shoshone-Bannock Business Council.

            Tyler presents “A Shoshone-Bannock Perspective on Our Fort Bridger Treaty,” on June 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion, 100 County Road 224 in Fort Bridger.  The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

            A military veteran and long-time advocate on behalf of treaty rights, Tyler will speak for about half an hour and provide a Native American perspective on the Treaty.  An opportunity for questions and discussion will follow.

            The Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868 was signed by leaders of the Shoshone and Bannock tribal nations.  Among other things, it established the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho, reducing the size of traditional Shoshone and Bannock lands by tens of millions of acres.   The Treaty continues to provide a legal foundation for the Eastern Shoshone (Wind River) and Shoshone-Bannock (Fort Hall) tribal nations. 

To the mark its 150th anniversary, a re-enactment of the Treaty proceedings along with traditional Native dances and other activities will be held at Fort Bridger on Tuesday, July 3 starting at 9:00 AM.

            “One goal of the Sesquicentennial Speaker Series is to bring Shoshone and Bannock voices and perspectives to Fort Bridger ahead of the Treaty re-enactment,” said Chris Floyd, District Manager for Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails.  “Many people are not aware of the significance of the treaty or of its continuing influence 150 years later.”

            The Fort Bridger Speaker Series is held every Thursday through June. It is sponsored by the Wyoming Humanities Council.

 

   
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