Mead Asks EPA to Reconsider Reservation Ruling
(Cheyenne/AP) — Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s administration wants the Environmental Protection Agency to freeze implementation of its recent decision that over one million acres around Riverton remains legally Indian Country.
Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael wrote yesterday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking her to reconsider her agency’s determination that a 1905 federal law opening part of the Wind River Indian Reservation to settlement by non-Indians didn’t extinguish the land’s reservation status.
The EPA ruled on the reservation boundary last month when it granted an application from the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes to treat them as a separate state under the federal Clean Air Act.
Wyoming claims the EPA’s analysis of area history is flawed and the decision will be challenged in federal court.