Sergio A. Maldonado Sr. announced on Monday he is running as a Democrat for Senate District 25, which includes parts of Lander, Atlantic City, Jeffrey City, the Wind River Indian Reservation and western Fremont County.

Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, currently holds the seat. Case is out of the country and did not reply to a message from the Star-Tribune asking whether he plans to seek re-election.

Maldonado is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. He is the diversity coordinator and a liberal arts instructor at Central Wyoming College, according to a statement from the Wyoming Democratic Party. He did not return a message from the Star-Tribune Monday.

President George H.W. Bush appointed Maldonado to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education in 1989, the statement said.

Maldonado supports access to quality education, affordable and accessible health care, sustainable economic growth and job creation and increased communication with tribal governments.

“Wyoming citizens don’t pay enough attention to what goes on in the state Legislature, where there is presently enormous power and wealth to effect positive change,” he said in the statement. “There are too many issues and too little time to be complacent. It’s time to wake up and take steps forward.”

Reach state reporter Laura Hancock at 307-266-0581 or at laura.hancock@trib.com. Follow her on Twitter: @laurahancock.

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LVHS77
LVHS77

The trouble is he will only represent native Americans. He has pushed to make Riverton part of the reservation.

whatever
whatever

LVHS/Allen, wow, what a stunning combination of arrogance and ignorance. Thanks again for validating my conclusion that you're a vile racist.

GOPRealist
GOPRealist

Laura,

Senator Case announced his intention to run again at the Fremont County Republican Convention in March and recently, county10.com carried a story that formally announced his intention to run again.

Cale is DEFINITELY running again.

thruth
thruth

that's the trouble with white peoples thinking...if an indian runs for office the first thing they think...he will only represent Indians.

does Cale case represent native americans?...hasn't he opposed the tribes on every issue surrounding the epa?
Cale Case is has increased his net worth substantially since taking office and has forgotten the local needs...Sergio will work for ALL PEOPLE IN HIS DISTRICT

LVHS77
LVHS77

Thruth your factual PROOF please. I used to live in Fremont County. Sergio has been trying to run roughshod over Riverton claiming the Rez has jurisdiction over Riverton. That is proof he will only represent tribal members.

thruth
thruth

I smell BS...Sergio has never claimed the tribes have jurisdiction over riverton..that's an outright lie, I guess I don't fault an old indian hater like your self for making stuff up, its all you can do to keep it white. its sad really.

he may have stated riverton is WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE RESERVATION, which it is, as clearly stated by THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE who backed up and agreed with the EPA
but only fools insist that being in side the reservation boundaries means we control them, the tribes would have zero jurisdiction over non Indians, their business or homes then they do now.

LVHS77
LVHS77

I have seen how non Indians who live within the boundaries are treated. It is not pretty. Riverton is NOT part of your REZ. Instead of trying to tear down and take from whites you should raise yourselves up. You know clean up ethete, arapaho, and beaver creek housing AKA stabbing cabins.

LVHS77
LVHS77

He wears an Arapaho flag lapel pin instead of a U.S. Flag pin. Where is his loyalty? My guess is the tribe ONLY.

whatever
whatever

LVHS/Allen - so you're one of the phony "patriots" who think that wearing an American flag lapel pin makes you loyal? A great excuse to mask your obvious racism

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