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High Plains American Indian Research Institute (HPAIRI)

Mailing: Dept 3355, 1000 E. University Ave.

Physical: 200 S. 10th St.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307.766.8967

Email: HPAIRI@uwyo.edu

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History

Welcome to the NEH Elk Project Page of the HPAIRI website!  We’re pleased to launch our media presence with good news about this project, formally titled Understanding and Communicating the Role of Elk on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The first year of Understanding and Communicating the Role of Elk on the Wind River Indian Reservation has concluded recently.  Three goals were outlined for Year 1.

  • Hold community meetings on the Wind River Indian Reservation
  • Create a website page for the project
  • Create an elk culture collection 

Two community meetings were held at the beginning of 2018.  The purpose of the meetings was for us to explain our ideas about the project and to receive input and suggestions from the community members present.  More than eighty people attended these two meetings and questions were asked, comments were made, and interest and support were expressed.

We began work toward a webpage and social media presence.  We’re excited to present our webpage by highlighting some of the work we’ve been doing this past year to address the third project goal, creating an elk culture collection.

The NEH Elk Culture Project was also established in association with the Wyoming Elk Migration Initiative study sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and UW, in close collaboration with Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribal Fish and Game.  Students of the two Wind River Reservation school districts have assisted University of Wyoming scientists in the tagging and tracking of elk through the Wind River Reservation.  These Native high school students can employ the Elk Migration data to concretely show elk connections to aspects of their tribal cultures.

The overall goals of the three-year grant project as listed in the grant proposal are to: 1) Enhance the role of humanities in tribal life, and 2) to develop a model to incorporate Native humanities curricula in Wyoming schools. The NEH Elk Culture Collection and associated, tribally developed and approved curriculum will add instructional materials, web-based catalogs, and instructional lessons to address the new Wyoming Indian Education for All Law.  James Trosper was also selected to serve on and consult with the Wyoming Social Studies Standards Board which has been instrumental in bringing new standards to life in Wyoming classrooms.

Contact Us

High Plains American Indian Research Institute (HPAIRI)

Mailing: Dept 3355, 1000 E. University Ave.

Physical: 200 S. 10th St.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307.766.8967

Email: HPAIRI@uwyo.edu

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