Racial issues: Where Are We At? Second community dialogue is Thursday

The second in a series of four Community Dialogues will be held Thursday evening at the Lander Community and Convention Center starting at 6 p.m. The purpose of the dialogues is to foster a safe and inclusive community that respects and values the diversity of all members, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, which is coordinating the event. The cities of Lander and Riverton and the Tribes of the Wind River Reservation are co-sponsoring the sessions. The City of Lander is hosting Thursday's discussion. The first community dialogue was held in Riverton . The next step in the dialogue process is to determine where the community is at and to learn about the different experiences in each community, which would lead to better understanding between neighbors. The community dialogue process was initiated after a July 2015 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 said he was tired of cleaning up after homeless people. Both of the victims, however, were not homeless. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. Lander Mayor Del McOmie encourages all concerned residents to attend this session to be held at the new community center at 950 Beuna Vista Drive. *Feature Photo: At the Riverton dialogue, small group sessions were held where participants could talk about their respective communities and issues. (Pitchengine Communities) * #county10 #news