January 6, 2016
For Immediate Release:
Contact Persons: Chesie Lee, email@example.com
Jason Baldes, firstname.lastname@example.org
The board of directors of the Wind River Native Advocacy Center announces the selection of an executive director to fulfill its mission and vision. Jason Baldes, an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and a recent graduate from Montana State University, was chosen to become the advocacy center’s first staff. His commitment to Native communities is evident from his history of involvement with programs that benefit youth, elders and the environment.
Baldes said, “Our history as Shoshone and Arapaho people in this region has been tempestuous. It is up to us to ensure our sovereignty and right to govern as Native American people. We need to have a voice to educate and empower ourselves as we are meant to do.”
The Wind River Native Advocacy Center, a recently formed organization, has the vision of a community engaged in self-determination for education, health, economic development and equality for the peoples of the Wind River Reservation. The advocacy center was formed to give Native Americans in Wyoming a stronger voice. Past activities have involved leadership training, strategic planning and civic involvement.
Baldes began his duties on January 5 to help guide the organization to become stronger in its influence for positive change. Two activities coming up in the near future are Native Advocacy Days in Cheyenne, February 7-9, to advocate for a hate crimes bill and the promotion of a recycling program on the Wind River Reservation. Much more is being planned for the coming months. To learn more, go to the advocacy center website at www.wrnativeadvocacy.org.