‘Tribal Waters’: A Fight for Sustainability in the Wind River Wilderness

A new video from Patagonia traces the troubled history of the Wind River and its profound importance to several Native American tribes.

Both the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho tribes have lived alongside the Wind River for generations. Comprising more than 2.2 million acres, the Wind River Indian Reservation remains the home of both tribes.

The river and its neighboring mountains also offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

“But what happens when your river is highjacked by a ruthless system that would stop at nothing to control the resource?” Patagonia writes in the description of its latest documentary.

“Tribal Waters, a documentary by Teton Gravity Research Film in association with Patagonia, traces the Wind River as it winds through a history of stolen ancestral lands, insatiable agricultural demands and the American justice system in the hopes of a future built on a sustainable, outdoor-based recreational economy.”

Runtime: 50 minutes

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Andrew McLemore

An award-winning journalist and photographer, Andrew McLemore brings more than 14 years of experience to his position as Associate News Editor for Lola Digital Media. Andrew is a musician, climber and traveler who currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, which he uses as a home base for adventures throughout the Americas. When he's not writing, playing gigs or exploring the outdoors, he's hanging out with his dog Campana.