In response to the letter to the editor about the tribe wanting to take over Riverton:
The Eastern Shoshone was the only tribe to be able to choose their Shoshone reservation, now called Wind River; Chief Washakie chose the reservation due to plenty of game and hot springs.
The 1904 Land Cession was created with principal signer George Terry; he was a friend of Chief Washakie, and a government investigator. George was murdered near the Trout Creek Blockhouse, before he was going to Washington D.C., because the 1904 agreement was not in the best interest of the tribe. People were stealing tribal property and the tribe was getting ripped off of their water. After George was murdered another person was put in his place to sign off on the agreement, and the 1905 Act was enacted.
The government thought it would be a good business practice to open the reservation so the tribe would receive lease money. It was the understanding of the old people that they would lease their land for 99 years and the land would be returned to them (Bureau of Reclamation Project).
There has been no accountability concerning the 1904 agreement and the land was taken by murder, theft and coercion, and the Bureau of Reclamation land bust be returned to the tribe.