Fort Washakie’s Trosper spoke Monday during Earth Day at the University of Wyoming


James Trosper (University of Wyoming photo)

By Nick Robinson, intern and UW correspondent,

(Laramie, WY) – Snow and bad roads did not keep James Trosper from sharing his message at the University of Wyoming (UW) Monday afternoon. Trosper was invited to speak as apart of the Earth Week Speaking Series hosted by the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming (ASUW).

Reconnecting with Mother Earth was the central focus of the speech. Trosper shared stories of his childhood and his connection with nature. Being Earth Day, he spoke about valuing both nature and education, specifically the relationship between the two.

Trosper a UW alumnus and a former member of the UW Board of Trustees, said education “teaches us how to make a living, but spiritual traditions teach us how to live.”

Trosper is the Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief of the Eastern Shoshone tribe on the Wind River Reservation. He currently resides in Fort Washakie. Trosper, a descendant of Chief Washakie, is also the director of the Chief Washakie Foundation and serves on the Grand Teton National Park Foundation Board.

On the Saturday before the event, Trosper was on the Shoshone Paiute Reservation in Nevada attending a bundle opening ceremony during the full moon.

“The bundle opening ceremony reconnects us with the Sun Dance, reminding us to have respect for all sacred things.”

His speech culminated in thanking Mother Earth for the much needed moisture Wyoming is recieving this April.