Fort Bridger to host Treaty of 1868 Commemoration on July 3

Chief Taghee, left, and Chief Washakie participate in the peace pipe ceremony for the signing of the 1868 Fort Bridger Treaty. This picture was taken last year on July 3, at the sesquicentennial, 150 years, signing of the treaty. PIONEER FILE PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis

FORT BRIDGER — Fort Bridger State Historic Site is partnering with members of the Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock tribal nations to host a commemoration of the Treaty of 1868 on its 151st anniversary.

The public is invited to attend this free event, according to a press release by the Wyoming State Parks.

Activities will begin at sunrise on July 3, with a traditional Native prayer ceremony and singing, followed by a reading of the treaty in three languages: Shoshone, Bannock and English.

The 1868 treaty was one of the last to be ratified by the U.S. Senate and it still provides a legal foundation under the federal constitution for the two tribal nations today.

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