Riverton is NOT Part of the Reservation
Written by Andrew-Rossi on November 9, 2017
This week, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed again that the City of Riverton is not within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
The Court denied the Petitions for Rehearing filed by the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes that asked the entire Court of 12 judges to rehear the case.
The case stems from a 2013 administrative decision by the Environmental Protection Agency, which approved the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes’ application for Treatment as a State under the Clean Air Act. The EPA decision came as a shock to many – the finding that the City of Riverton was actually within the boundaries of the Reservation.
However, the latest decision by the Appellate Court confirmed their ruling from February of this year – that in a 1905 agreement between the tribes and the federal government, Congress had actually intended to change the boundaries of the reservation, which excluded the town of Riverton.