Longmont Welcomes New Sister City: Northern Arapaho of Wind River Reservation in Wyoming

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Northern Arapaho representatives Crawford White and Jackie White pictured with Carmen Ramirez City of Longmont Community and Neighborhood Resources Manager (Photo courtesy of Longmont Sister Cities)

*Correction* The Northern Arapaho of Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and the City of Longmont are currently exploring the possibility of becoming sister cities. No official steps have been taken to make the declaration official. Longmont’s sister cities remain Chino, Japan and Cuidad Guzman, Mexico.

Longmont and Longmont Sister Cities Association is welcoming its third and newest sister city, the Northern Arapaho of Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, to Longmont this weekend for a youth exchange.

The Sister Cities Association bridges communities from across the world. They organize opportunities for youth delegates to visit these sister cities and explore the culture in that area.

Longmont is also sister cities with Cuidad Guzman, Mexico and Chino, Japan. The addition of the Northern Arapaho of Wind River Reservation in Wyoming is significant because it is the first sister city relationship to occur inside the boundaries of the United States, according to Longmont Sister Cities director, Courtney Michele.

Delegates from the Northern Arapaho tribe will join Longmont’s ambassadors for three days, June 13-15. The group will attend several events together including a storytelling event at KGNU, tile painting at Crackpots, and creating skateboard decks with artist Walt Pourier at the Firehouse Art Center.

The three-day event will wrap up with a celebration at the Longmont Museum on June 15 at 8 p.m.

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  1. […] The Arapaho Youth Exchange was a beautiful experience for the young ambassadors during the 4-day-weekend of June 13-16, 2019. The bonding of the youth participants was endearing; every day the kids were excited to see each other again and to explore the city together. The young group started off their busy weekend with dinner at a local park. It followed by storytelling training with KGNU Community Radio’s staff (Here is the link to the KGNU recording they did together), visiting the Longmont Youth Center, creating tiles at Crackpots, and visiting with the hosting families on Friday. On Saturday, the group went swimming at the Longmont Recreation Center, decorated skateboard decks, and shared a celebration at the Longmont Museum attended by the Sister Cities board, City Council members, Longmont families, Philanthropiece team members, and Arapaho tribe members. At the Longmont Museum, guests were witness to the youth’s celebration of their newly formed friendships by performances, community circles, ritual blessings, and never ending hugs. On Sunday, their final day together, the youth visited Colorado State University in Fort Collins to tour the campus together and say their final good-byes. Each activity was designed to build cultural connections and to inspire the youth participants. […]

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