RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will be represented at the presidential inaugural parade thanks to a last-minute effort by Wind River Indian Reservation residents.
A group of 13 dancers and others plan to fly to Washington, D.C., on Saturday even though organizers are still about $6,000 short of their scaled-down fundraising goal. Northern Arapaho tribal liaison Gary Collins said he's buying one-way tickets to stretch the money at the outset and hoping more comes in.
Originally, he wanted to raise $35,000 to send a bigger group. He said he only had two weeks to raise money after the Presidential Inaugural Committee asked for help making sure one of the most conservative states was represented in the parade.
Committee spokeswoman Aoife McCarthy confirmed that the group would be the only one representing Wyoming. She said having marchers that represent the nation's spirit, values and diversity is a priority for the group.
Collins said all the money was raised privately, including some money from a benefactor working with the committee. The state, which has required its agencies to cut their budgets because of reduced tax revenue, wasn't able to provide any money in such a short amount of time.
Collins said he decided to move ahead with the trip anyway because most members of the group have never been to Washington before and some have never been far from the reservation or Wyoming. He said they'll be able to share their experience with other members of the tribes when they return home.
"I want to seize the window of opportunity," he said.
Suspect in Custody After Shooting at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood UPDATE: Three People Have Died, Shooter Identified | Christine Rousselle
Active Shooter Near Planned Parenthood Location in Colorado UPDATE: Suspect Has Surrendered to Police | Christine Rousselle
Reports: Active shooter barricaded in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, firing at cops; Update: Cops confronting shooter inside the building
- What Is Your U.S. Income Percentile Ranking?
S.C. Woman Outdraws, Outshoots, And Kills CraigsList Robber - Bearing Arms - Guns Saving Lives, South Carolina
Obama’s plan hatched at Columbia University says classmate
'More white Christian terrorism?' Tweeters profile perp in reported Planned Parenthood shooting
John Hawkins - 15 Excerpts That Show How Radical, Weird And Out of Touch College Campuses Have Become
Planned Parenthood Shooter Finally Convinces Leftists that Beliefs Matter | RedState