- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - The first of three community meetings being held in the wake of a fatal shooting at an alcohol detoxification center in Riverton is scheduled for Oct. 21 in Fort Washakie.

Stallone Trosper, 29, died and 50-year-old James “Sonny” Goggles, 50, was critically injured in the July 18 shootings at the Center of Hope. Both men are members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.

Roy Clyde, 32, of Riverton, faces murder and attempted murder charges. Police say Clyde told investigators he wanted to kill homeless people because he didn’t like to see them in city parks.

The shooting raised concerns from some about violence motivated by race in Fremont County, the Ranger reported (https://bit.ly/1RguoPU).

Soon after the shooting, members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe met with officials at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., to request a federal hate crime investigation into the incident.

Locally, officials decided to work together in an attempt to ease tensions. Meetings were planned to encourage comprehension and communication between tribal and non-tribal people in the county.

The meetings are intended for residents, educators, law enforcement, city officials, tribal officials and anyone interested in a peaceful community, organizers said. After the Oct. 21 gathering, other meetings will be held Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 at different locations.

Riverton Mayor Lars Baker said each of the meetings will address questions including, “Who are we?” ”Where are we?” ”Where would we like to be?” and “Can we find any way to get there?” Baker urged residents and city council members to participate.

Northern Arapaho Business Council member Ronald Oldman said the meetings will help develop a level of trust and reach a consensus.

“Solutions will not be reached with a simple meeting,” Oldman said. “Solutions can only be found over time, after all sides meet and get to know each other.”

Members of the Wind River Citizens Equality Committee say they will participate in and support the meetings. The committee was formed after tensions grew as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s determination in 2013 that Riverton was part of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Leading committee member Stephen Fast Horse said it is important to address the issues affecting local residents. He says the community is brushing aside a “real dark truth.”

“Our communities are plagued with racism on all levels, and all races (are) included,” he said. “We need to bring the stories to the front and find solutions.”


Information from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, https://www.dailyranger.com

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