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Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming

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A new bronze image, a public television documentary and a scholarship program are planned to honor famed Shoshone chief Washakie. The bronze will be unveiled at a University of Wyoming symposium this fall. Sculptor Dave McGary, of Ruidoso, N.M., who created the Washakie statues on display in the Wyoming and United States capitols and at Fort Washakie, will create the new image. James Trosper, the chief's great-great grandson, said it will depict the chief astride a horse after a victorious battle at Crowheart Butte against Chief Big Robber of the Crow Nation. About $200,000 left from the first statuary drive will go to an endowment at the university. Trosper said the plan is to raise another $300,000. Officials at Wyoming Public Television are in initial stages of producing an hour-long documentary about Washakie. The Legislature provided $80,000 to cover production costs. Broadcast rights fees and sales of a videotape will help fund the scholarship endowment. Washakie rallied disparate bands of Shoshone warriors in the mid-1800s to make peace with the immigrants and press for a sanctuary. July 3, 1868, he signed the Fort Bridger Treaty establishing a 3-million-acre reservation in his beloved Wind River Valley which the Eastern Shoshone now share with the Northern Arapaho.