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Peaceful protestors want Wind River IHS leader back

This afternoon a group of peaceful protestors stood outside the Wind River Indian Health Services building in Fort Washakie. They were protesting what they believe is the wrongful removal of Alice Moore as the facility's CEO. There were no picket signs, no chants, and no unruly behavior. The revolving group of a little more than 20 people simply stood outside the facility to show their solidarity with Moore. Moore herself was not present. Friend Joe Marshall said that Bureau of Indian Affairs officials out of Billings, Mont., removed Moore from duty within the last couple weeks without any explanation, with the expectation of being relocated to Billings. Marshall said there is speculation that she was removed due to personnel actions she took. "It's entirely politically motivated," he said. The protestors were reportedly denied a meeting with the interim administrator. A contingent of more than five Wind River Police Officers and FBI agents were on hand during the demonstration. Moore is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and grew up on the Wind River Reservation. Alice Ferris, who was also there protesting, lamented the treatment of a local. "We push our children to get a good education" and come back to be a productive member of the community, but then they get treated like this, Ferris said. Moore is reportedly working toward finishing her PhD. "She's here for her people," Ferris continued. "She should be here." Ferris said that Moore helped her greatly while both her husband and son suffered and died from cancer. She credited Moore for helping her prepare for their losses. A petition being circulated in the community calls for Moore's immediate reinstatement to her local position. "We feel her level of education and experience and her strong connection to her native cultural value more than qualifies her to continue her dues as Wind River IHS CEO," the petition states. #county10 #news