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November 8, 2007

Contact: Donna Shaffer,
(307) 775-6009

BLM Presents History of Arapaho Leader

The Bureau of Land Management will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month by hosting a presentation on the Arapaho Chief Sharp Nose. Laramie writer, Chavawn Kelley, will present "Sharp Nose: A Photographic History of the Last Northern Arapaho Chief." The event is free and open to the public and will be held on Nov. 15, 2007 8 a.m., at the BLM building, 5353 Yellowstone, Cheyenne.

Sharp Nose rose to prominence as a Plains military leader in the 1860s and died on the Wind River Reservation in 1901 as the “last Northern Arapaho Chief.” Using rare photographs, Chavawn Kelley examines Sharp Nose in all his complexity as a warrior who later scouted for the U.S. Army and as a devoted father and tribal leader during a time of sweeping change. Each photograph captures an episode in Sharp Nose’s life, highlighting challenges facing the Northern Arapaho people. The program also looks at the role of photography in public and family history.

Kelley lives in Laramie, where she received a master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Wyoming. She is a public relations specialist at Western Research Institute and the recipient of two prestigious writing awards from the Wyoming Arts Council.

Kelley’s presentation is offered by the Wyoming Humanities Council through its 2008 Humanities Forum. Council programs explore the human experience—our lives, our communities, our world—in partnership with nonprofit organizations throughout Wyoming. Emphasis is placed on fostering forums for discussion among Wyoming residents.

For more information, contact Donna Shaffer, (307) 775-6009.


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