Small spectatiors take in some of Joseph LaForge's family heirlooms. LaForge was this week's guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce's Wyoming Wednesday lecture. (Photo by Tracee Davis)
Wyoming has some shoddy history when it comes to intercultural relations with Native Americans. Joseph LaForge, whose Crow name is Red Bear, remembers being kicked out of a resteraunt as a young boy because of his heritage. He grew up hearing stories from his grandparents about the subjugation of his family and even the massacre of their horses. While it's a sore spot for both settlers and natives here, Joseph is doing his part to leave the past in the past and bridge the gap between the two cultures.