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Thanksgiving offerings seen countywide

Nov 27, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Hundreds of elders in Ethete and Arapahoe received tasty meals this Thanksgiving from a group of committed women on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The women, who call themselves the "Turkey Wives," delivered food items Monday to the elders and their families. This is the first year the group took on the task.

"We wanted to do something for the community on the reservation this Thanksgiving," organizer Stephanie C'Hair said.

They just recently had the idea to deliver food to tribal elders, but C'Hair said monetary donations came in quickly -- from all over the country. She said she was surprised to receive several donations from states like Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado and Nebraska.

"I didn't expect it to reach out that far," C'Hair said.

The Turkey Wives also have gotten in-kind donations from local community members and people from Casper and Rock Springs. Other donations came from the Northern Arapaho Business Council, the state's tribal committee and a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Community Services Block Grant.

Elders received a turkey, cranberry sauce, a yam, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans and dinner rolls. Pies for dessert have been donated by the Wind River Hotel and Casino.

The Turkey Wives delivered the baskets to most homes themselves. They also are collaborated with the Ethete and Arapahoe senior centers for deliveries during the annual Thanksgiving dinner on Monday held by the Wind River Tribal College at the Blue Sky Hall.

College students and tribal employees were also invited to that event sponsored by the Northern Arapahoe Business Council and the Wind River Hotel and Casino.

The group includes Velinda Friday, Donelle Warren, Charity Carrier and Randi Ironcloud, with more volunteers that later joined in.

Other Thanksgiving events

The Eastern Shoshone Entertainment Committee will have its annual dinner on Thursday beginning at noon at the Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie. A traditional dance with grand entry will begin at 2 p.m. also at the hall. All drums, singers and dancers are invited to attend.