First Community Dialogue Meeting came to consensus on need for better communication

Thursday night was a get to your neighbor night at the first of four community dialogues to address racial tensions in the area and nearly four- dozen county residents attended. At the end of the night, the consensus of the group was a need for better communications between communities to begin the problem-solving process. Held at the Central Wyoming College Intertribal Education and Community Center, the participants broke into three groups to find common ground among themselves, share their stories and listen to the others. [image: Inline image 1] “This will help set the stage for better communication and problem solving,” said Rosa Salamanca of Denver from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service. The community dialogue process was initiated after a July shooting at the Center of Hope Alcohol Treatment Center in which a City of Riverton Parks Employee shot two Native American men, killing one and seriously wounding the other. The man, Roy Clyde, pleaded guilty to the crime and agreed to a life prison sentence without parole. At the time, he said that he was tired of cleaning up after homeless people in the parks. The two men shot, however, were not homeless. [image: Inline image 2] Participants came from all walks of life and represented Tribal members and other interested county residents. The City of Riverton, which informally hosted this first session, was represented by: Mayor Lars Baker, Council members Lee Martinez, Martin Canaan, Holly Jibben and Sean Peterson. Lander Mayor Del McOmie was also present as was former Riverton Mayor Ron Warpness. The next step in the dialogue process is to determine where the community is at and what are the different experiences in each community, which leads to better understanding. The next meeting will be held in January in Lander. #county10 #news