On July 3, 1868, Washakie signed the Fort Bridger Treaty
that established a three million acre reservation in Wyoming's
stunningly beautiful Wind River country. Thanks to his foresight
and leadership, this Warm Valley remains the home of the
The Fort Bridger treaty included pledges for building schools;
Washakie was as committed to his people's education as he
was to protecting their lands. To this end, he and his good
friend the Welsh clergyman John Roberts established a boarding
school for Shoshone girls. Built on sacred ceremonial grounds
along the banks of Trout Creek, the school encouraged tradition
and native speech.
Washakie remained an active and respected leader until his
death at 102. His wisdom, gained from a centruy of experience
and leadership, was sought by non-Native Americans as well
as his own people.