RIVERTON PEACE MISSION
The purpose of the Riverton Peace Mission is through peace and mutual understanding to create community harmony, welcome diversity and serve the poor and marginalized.
THE RIVERTON PEACE MISSION WILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL TO COME, TO SEEK AND TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD. WE INVITE PEOPLE TO RIVERTON AND THE WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION TO LEARN, TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND TO BE TRANSFORMED BY DOING “WITH” AND NOT “FOR.”
The Riverton Peace Mission was recently incorporated (2019) and is just getting off the ground. One of the founders is Ron Howard, a Northern Arapaho teacher, artist and actor who has organized peace marches the last five years in response to the shootings by a white city employee in 2015 of two unarmed Northern Arapaho men and clients at the Center of Hope, a detox center in Riverton, Wyoming. Ron is married and the father of two children.
The other co-founder is Chesie Lee, a white woman, the former director of the Wyoming Association of Churches (WAC) and life-long activist who moved to Riverton in 2013 in order to help facilitate a WAC resolution to connect with, listen to and stand with Native Americans in Wyoming.
There is only one reservation in Wyoming, the Wind River Indian Reservation, located in west-central Wyoming, for the two sovereign nations of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and Eastern Shoshone Tribe. Riverton is a city founded by white settlers in the early 1900’s with the approval of U.S. Congress, but without the approval of the tribes or compensation to them. Although surrounded by the reservation, it remains in dispute whether Riverton is a part of the Wind River Indian Reservation. There is an on-going history of racism and discrimination, while the community is economically, socially and culturally enriched by the presence of Native people.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Talking Circle in Riverton on January 18th. Our event was featured in the Riverton Ranger on 1-21. Check it out below!
CONTACT RIVERTON PEACE MISSION
313 N. 6th St. E., Riverton WY 82501