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Racism and White Supremacy against Natives in Wyoming during COVID-19 (Native American Sunday Series)

April 28, 2020
Story submitted by Chesie Lee
Riverton Peace Mission, Riverton, Wyoming


This last weekend white men showed up in the parking lot of Riverton City Hall with large confederate flags and shouted insults to Native Americans.  At Smith’s grocery store, white people are being rude to Native Americans making rude remarks, which happens all the time, but it seems to be worse now.  

One incident was where a white woman was intentionally coughing on the groceries two young Native women were buying to distribute to poor families on the WRIR.  A Re-Open Wyoming Rally is planned for Lander on Friday and I am nervous about how that might go.  Tribal leadership is encouraging its people to stay away for their own safety.
 
We have already formed a network of people working in various pods of the Wind River Mutual Aid to provide emergency food, etc., but we are going to start a justice pod to talk about how we should deal with this.  Rosa Salamanca with the U.S. Department of Justice is working with us.
 

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