Wyoming has a population of 568,158 people according to a 2011 estimation by the U.S. census bureau. It is the least populous state and the tenth largest. 54% of the land belongs to the United States Government or Wyoming State Government, including Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Before Lewis and Clark opened the doors to white settlement in 1805, the Crow, Arapaho, Shoshone and Lakota Indian tribes inhabited the region. Today, tourism and natural gas mining represent the biggest contributors to Wyoming’s economy. Wyoming also has a healthy agricultural sector as well. Wyoming produces beef, hay, sugar beets, wheat, barley and wool. It contains the Wind River Indian Reservation, the U.S.’s seventh largest Indian reservation by land, home to 2,500 Eastern Shoshone and more than 5,000 Northern Arapaho Indians. This means about 1.3 % of Wyoming’ population is Native Wyoming.
I think we should give Wyoming back to the Indians.
I don’t know a ton about the reservation system, but I know that the quality of life on reservations sucks, there’s little room for upward mobility and Native Americans often struggle to balance their cultural roots and our cultural expectations (I learned this from reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian). And I have always admired Native Americans. I really want to live like a Native American, Old- West style. You know, in a tipi, drinking from creeks, skinning squirrels, dancing butt naked with my tribe around a roaring fire in the subzero winter.
And Native Americans can’t do that, because the U.S. government placed them on the least profitable land around. Ie, ugly land with scarce natural resources that nobody, not even Native Americans, want to visit.
Wyoming is huge. It’s beautiful. Food grows there. People don’t. The town I live in right now has more people than total population of this gigantic state. I think we should just make Wyoming a totally open for all the Indians…
…and hope they don’t get all competitive and kill each other like before.
**For clarification. I realize that some indians, such as the Northwestern Pacific tribes, do not live in tipis. I would also be willing to live in a pueblo or a log lodge. But I’m talking mostly about the Plains indians here.