Wyoming to EPA: Place Tribal Boundary Decision on Hold and 

 

OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437


January 6, 2014


******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE******

Contact:
Renny MacKay
Communications Director
renny.mackay@wyo.gov



Wyoming to EPA: Place Tribal Boundary Decision on Hold and

 Reconsider


CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  In a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed today, the State of Wyoming, through the Attorney General, says the EPA used incomplete facts and faulty legal conclusions when making its decision to change existing law and alter the boundary of the State and the Wind River Reservation (WRR). The State’s petition asks the agency to reconsider and also stay any implementation of its December decision revising the WRR boundary.

“I understand that the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes have a different opinion about the Wind River Reservation Boundary. My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state’s boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law. This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from a state, where will it stop?” Governor Matt Mead said. “I want to thank the Attorney General and his staff for acting with urgency and preparing a thorough review of the historical record. This analysis shows how flawed the EPA was in its legal justification for its decision. The federal government clearly had a predetermined outcome it sought to uphold.”

The Attorney General’s petition shows that, in conjunction with the Tribes, Congress diminished the Wind River Reservation in 1905. Given the fundamentally flawed process and decision and the likelihood of irreparable harm, the EPA should put a hold on its decision and reopen its process to incorporate all of the available evidence, give interested parties an opportunity to respond to the facts and arguments and complete its review in a transparent manner.

The State has also asked the EPA to stay its decision until a final judicial decision has been issued.

“It is crucial that the EPA stay its decision. We need certainty while this is reviewed by the EPA and while Wyoming continues to prepare a legal challenge to this decision as well. This is too important and too flawed a decision not to pursue every avenue possible,” Governor Mead said.

The State of Wyoming has submitted over 22,000 pages of exhibits and affidavits in support of its petition. The State’s petition for reconsideration, motion for stay and the supporting documents are available online on the Attorney General’s website at: http://attorneygeneral.state.wy.us/.

-end-

 

 
 
 
 

Click to navigate to the Wyoming Office of the Governor

Contact

 Office of Governor Matt Mead
Phone: (307) 777-7434
Fax: (307) 632-3909

State Capitol, 200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne WY 82002-0010

Public Schedule

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Military Department’s Governor’s Reception
  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center Grand Opening Appreciation Dinner
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    speaks at the Wyoming Taxpayers Association 77th Annual Meeting Membership Luncheon
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Governor serves lunch at the Veterans Stand Down Event in Support of Veterans and Homeless Veterans
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014
    Governor signs Assistance Dog Awareness Month proclamation
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Governor signs Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month proclamation
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
    Governor speaks with Don Carpenter live on KIML Radio - Gillette
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Governor Speaks at the Casper Crude to Rail Terminal Grand Opening
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Governor speaks at the Governor’s Third Annual Broadband Summit
  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Governor signs National Pro Bono Week proclamation
  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    Governor speaks with Darian Dudrick live on KODI Radio - Cody
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Governor and First Lady attend University of Wyoming vs. San Jose Spartans Football Game
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Governor and First Lady participate in the University of Wyoming Homecoming Parade
  • Friday, October 17, 2014
    Governor attends Annual Homecoming Recognition Dinner Honoring Distinguished Alumni