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The Housing Crisis on the Wind River Indian Reservation


The Housing Crisis on the Wind River Indian Reservation


Credit Melodie Edwards

Between ten and 13 members of the Shakespeare family live with Kenneth Shakespeare (center) in his home near Arapaho, WY. He says there is plenty of room.

The two tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation are growing and prospering: the northern Arapaho are expected to reach 11,000 this year, the eastern Shoshone number close to 5,000. But as the numbers have grown, so do the numbers. of houses where all these people can live has not increased.

Over the past several months, Wyoming Public Radio has investigated the ramifications of the housing shortage in Wind River, examining how it has led to overcrowding, homelessness and racial discrimination in neighboring communities. In this series, we also looked at the financial solutions available to tribes and spoke with people who are taking a local approach to helping their neighbors find a safe, dry place to sleep.

Part 1: Crowded Lives: The First in a Series on the Housing Shortage in Reservations

Part 2: Solutions to the shortage of reservation-based accommodation blocked by numerous obstacles

Part 3: In rural reserves, homelessness less visible than elsewhere

Part 4: Indigenous tenants fight discrimination in on-reserve border towns