Grave and Statue of Chief Washakie

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Fort Washakie, Wyoming

Washakie, a Shoshone chief, accomplished what most other Indian leaders of his time could not; a negotiated deal with the U.S. government guaranteeing land for his people. When he died in 1900 he was given a full U.S. military funeral, supposedly the only Native American leader so honored. His cenotaph states that he "was noted for his friendship towards the white men" and even his tombstone praises him as "always loyal to the government and to his white brothers."

His 14-foot-tall statue, across the road from the cemetery, is similar to one now in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, DC. It was sculpted by Richard Greeves, who lives in the house behind the statue.

Grave and Statue of Chief Washakie

N. Fork Rd, Fort Washakie, WY
From Lander drive north on US Hwy 287 to Fort Washakie, about 14 miles. Turn left (west) at the Sinclair gas station. Follow N. Fork Rd for a quarter mile. You'll see the statue on the left, and the cemetery on the right. Washakie's cenotaph is at the cemetery entrance, right next to the road; his large tombstone is in the small cemetery, by the wall.
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