Tribes Sue Fremont County

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Members of the two tribes on the Wind River Indian Reservation have filed a federal lawsuit over the county commission system in Fremont County.

Most of the Wind River reservation is located in Fremont County, which has an at-large system of county commissioners. According to the lawsuit filed by five members of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, that system discriminates against American Indians.

They point out that nearly 20 percent of Fremont County's nearly 36-thousand people are Indian -- but not one is on the five-member county commission.

Attorneys from the A-C-L-U helped prepare the lawsuit. They say that if commissioners were elected by district, at least one would probably be Indian.

Fremont County Attorney Ed Newell said he hadn't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment on it.

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