Apr 28, 2014 - Lane Turner, RivertonEditor:
I believe the EPA decision about Riverton and all areas with in 50 miles of the Wind River Indian Reservation to be correct. I also believe that if Riverton and other towns within a 50-mile radius are under the Wind River Indian Reservation jurisdiction, that anyone born within this area is a member of the Wind River Indian Reservation and entitled to all rights given to its people.
I was born in Riverton in 1959, my boys in '82 and '85. I would like my back royalty checks calculated and sent in one payment.
Would you also sign my boys and me up for all free medical and any other benefits given to the people of the Wind River Indian Reservation?
The EPA made this great ruling, so the federal government will need to reimburse the monies owed, not the tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation. I also will not pay taxes on this money unless the federal government is willing to pay interest on what is owed (compounded annually).
Before you say no, remember anyone born in the United States is considered a citizen. But I was not born in the U.S., but in a sovereign nation according to the federal government and the EPA, so please send me the money I am owed.
Please do not think I am trying to take anything away from the people of the Wind River Reservation, I just want what I am entitled to. This will also entitle anyone born within these boundaries the same benefits.
My great-grandfather sold his place on the Greybull River 70-80 years ago, does this give me the right to dictate to the owners now, how to work the land? It does not.
It is the same with the people on the Wind River Reservation Their great-grandfathers sold the land to the Bureau of Reclamation and gave up these rights except mineral royalties. If the contract pertaining to selling of this land was written stating "the Wind River Indian Reservation will maintain all rights to air quality," then that is a binding contract and is how it should be.
If the ruling the EPA handed down is not changed, the people of Wyoming need to unite together as one big family, because the next ridiculous ruling could, or will, affect you.
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