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Northern Arapaho casinos close
Northern Arapaho casinos close
The Eastern Shoshone tribe said Tuesday that it had declared a state of emergency, following a similar move by the Northern Arapaho late last week.
The Eastern Shoshone tribe said Tuesday that it had declared a state of emergency, following a similar move by the Northern Arapaho late last week.

The two Wind River Reservation tribes in recent days — like many other businesses, local governments and organizations in Fremont County — have canceled activities, limited access to services and offered guidance to members about taking precautions amid a COVID-19 outbreak that now numbers eight patients in the county.

In a Tuesday Facebook post, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe said its Business Council had declared a state of emergency through March 30 “for all Shoshone Tribal Departments in an effort to keep our community safe.”

The Northern Arapaho Tribe even took the drastic move Monday of closing its casinos until further notice, including its Wind River Hotel & Casino flagship. It’s unclear what the closure means for the casino enterprise’s hundreds employees; it is considered the county’s largest employer.

“Our primary focus is to protect the health of our patrons and employees,” a Facebook post announcing the closing said. “We are taking this action as responsible business leaders within the community and as one of the largest employers in the region.”

Meanwhile, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel outside of Lander remained open as of Tuesday evening. A tribal spokeswoman said the tribe’s Business Council had discussed the question and was still deciding whether to close or stay open.

The Eastern Shoshone’s emergency declaration follows the Northern Arapaho’s last week, and other recent moves — like canceling events, limiting access to some medical clinics and services, closing access to public gathering spaces, limiting access to tribal departments, and closing child care facilities — by the two tribal governments.

Since children aren’t in school, early childhood facilities or at the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, many — like some reservation schools and early childhood programs — have been preparing meals to deliver to children.

The Eastern Shoshone also asked that any parents and guardians quarantine any students returning from college or boarding schools for two weeks. In addition, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe said tribal police would be enforcing an already existing curfew of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for those under the age of 17 and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for those between 17 and 18 years old.

The Curfew provision in the Shoshone & Arapaho Law & Order Code ... will be strictly enforced, and any child found to be in violation may be prosecuted or removed from their home,” the tribe said. “Any person with custody may also be prosecuted per Child Neglect under the Shoshone & Arapaho Law & Order Code. We encourage all parents to strictly adhere to the terms (of the) curfew.”

The Northern Arapaho’s senior centers have also suspended in-person meals, offering take-out meals instead for elders.
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Northern Arapaho casinos close
Northern Arapaho casinos close
The Eastern Shoshone tribe said Tuesday that it had declared a state of emergency, following a similar move by the Northern Arapaho late last week.
The Eastern Shoshone tribe said Tuesday that it had declared a state of emergency, following a similar move by the Northern Arapaho late last week.

The two Wind River Reservation tribes in recent days — like many other businesses, local governments and organizations in Fremont County — have canceled activities, limited access to services and offered guidance to members about taking precautions amid a COVID-19 outbreak that now numbers eight patients in the county.

In a Tuesday Facebook post, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe said its Business Council had declared a state of emergency through March 30 “for all Shoshone Tribal Departments in an effort to keep our community safe.”

The Northern Arapaho Tribe even took the drastic move Monday of closing its casinos until further notice, including its Wind River Hotel & Casino flagship. It’s unclear what the closure means for the casino enterprise’s hundreds employees; it is considered the county’s largest employer.

“Our primary focus is to protect the health of our patrons and employees,” a Facebook post announcing the closing said. “We are taking this action as responsible business leaders within the community and as one of the largest employers in the region.”

Meanwhile, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel outside of Lander remained open as of Tuesday evening. A tribal spokeswoman said the tribe’s Business Council had discussed the question and was still deciding whether to close or stay open.

The Eastern Shoshone’s emergency declaration follows the Northern Arapaho’s last week, and other recent moves — like canceling events, limiting access to some medical clinics and services, closing access to public gathering spaces, limiting access to tribal departments, and closing child care facilities — by the two tribal governments.

Since children aren’t in school, early childhood facilities or at the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, many — like some reservation schools and early childhood programs — have been preparing meals to deliver to children.

The Eastern Shoshone also asked that any parents and guardians quarantine any students returning from college or boarding schools for two weeks. In addition, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe said tribal police would be enforcing an already existing curfew of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for those under the age of 17 and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for those between 17 and 18 years old.

The Curfew provision in the Shoshone & Arapaho Law & Order Code ... will be strictly enforced, and any child found to be in violation may be prosecuted or removed from their home,” the tribe said. “Any person with custody may also be prosecuted per Child Neglect under the Shoshone & Arapaho Law & Order Code. We encourage all parents to strictly adhere to the terms (of the) curfew.”

The Northern Arapaho’s senior centers have also suspended in-person meals, offering take-out meals instead for elders.



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