Tribal Advocates Host Discussion on Indigenous Narratives of the Red Desert

Tribal Advocates Host Discussion on Indigenous Narratives of the Red Desert

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At noon on May 5, the Citizens for the Red Desert coalition will present an online panel discussion with three advocates from the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. The public is invited to join the event via Zoom to learn about Indigenous narratives of the Red Desert. 

The Red Desert is an ancestral landscape and a living cultural corridor. Since time immemorial tribes including the Shoshone, Ute, Goshute, Paiute, Bannock, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Lakota, and Crow have lived, hunted, and prospered in these vast lands. The desert retains many Traditional Ecological Knowledge plants, sacred sites, and ancestral stories, and tribal members still use this land today for a variety of traditional and contemporary purposes. 

Panelists will include Wes Martel, senior Wind River conservation associate for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and former longtime member of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council; Jason Baldes, the tribal buffalo coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation; and Yufna Soldier Wolf, the Wind River organizer for the Wyoming Outdoor Council and former tribal historic preservation officer for the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

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The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP by navigating to or visiting the Citizens for the Red Desert Facebook page. When you sign up, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to join the Zoom event.


Citizens for the Red Desert is a loose coalition of citizens and groups, representing a wide variety of interests, united over a love for the Red Desert and the desire to sustain what makes it special for future generations. Learn more at 

The Wyoming Outdoor Council is the state’s oldest and largest independent conservation organization, dedicated to defending public lands, wildlife, and clean air and water — and empowering citizens to do the same.