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Marching for MLK

Jan 17, 2017 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

Crowds gathered at Riverton City Park on Monday morning for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march up Federal Boulevard to Riverton City Hall.

Wyoming Indian teacher and march organizer Sandi Iron Cloud said the event was a success despite the cold, with a sizable attendance including 107 students from Wyoming Indian elementary, middle and high schools.

Traditionally, the march has concluded with speeches in front of Riverton City Hall, but this year the crowd gathered inside of City Hall's council chambers.

Speakers included Riverton Mayor Lars Baker, former Wyoming House District 33 representative William P. Goggles, and several Wyoming Indian students.

Baker gave the first speech, thanking the crowd for attending and welcoming everyone to City Hall.

"We're grateful to be able to honor Martin Luther King Jr. today and recognize the effort that he made, and we're thankful for the effort that was made here in Riverton for many many years," he said. "As long as I am able to get in the line, I'll be there with you."

Wyoming Indian High School student body president Ra'el Trosper encouraged the audience to continue working towards goals set forth by King.

"The progress that we've made since the 1950s has allowed us to achieve many great things," Trosper said, adding, "Even though we have achieved so much, we still have a lot of work to do.

"We must all fight for our rights now and forever."

This year marks the 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in Riverton.

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Top, the Little Sun Drum Group of Ethete encouraged marchers as they walked Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Drummers, from left, are Samuel Iron Cloud, Norman Iron Cloud Sr., Jayce Old Coyote, Tyler Scott and Mearl Goodnight.  Photo by Andrea Novotny

Top, the Little Sun Drum Group of Ethete encouraged marchers as they walked Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Drummers, from left, are Samuel Iron Cloud, Norman Iron Cloud Sr., Jayce Old Coyote, Tyler Scott and Mearl Goodnight. Photo by Andrea Novotny


Top, the Little Sun Drum Group of Ethete encouraged marchers as they walked Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Drummers, from left, are Samuel Iron Cloud, Norman Iron Cloud Sr., Jayce Old Coyote, Tyler Scott and Mearl Goodnight.  Photo by Andrea Novotny

Top, the Little Sun Drum Group of Ethete encouraged marchers as they walked Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Drummers, from left, are Samuel Iron Cloud, Norman Iron Cloud Sr., Jayce Old Coyote, Tyler Scott and Mearl Goodnight. Photo by Andrea Novotny

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