My name is Garrett Nimmo and I’m an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho tribe located on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Central Wyoming. I’m the owner and operator of Legacy Outfitters, an approved and licensed backcountry Outfitter on the Wind River Indian Reservation. We spend our summers taking non-enrolled members into some of the most remote country Wyoming has to offer for backcountry fishing trips via horseback. Horsemanship is a dying art, and after establishing this company we quickly realized that we needed to get our younger tribal members involved. The future of our reservation lies in the hands of our younger generation and I believe that it is important to instill and keep alive our horse culture, a strong work ethic, stewardship of our sacred land and conservation for our wildlife. I’ve done this by hiring enrolled tribal members that are in high-school and college and taking them back into our wilderness areas and teaching them the importance of our heritage and our land. I’m also teaching them about business and showing them that there are opportunities for them to branch off and to have the opportunity to start their own companies using our natural resources.
I’ve also done volunteer work at some of the local school districts on the reservation for different programs like heritage week. I’ve gone in and taught kids about things like archery and the huge impact that it had for our indigenous people, and that we wouldn’t be here without it. I’ve also talked to them about being stewards of the land and the importance of wildlife conservation. I also volunteer for non-profits, like the Muley Fanatic Foundation, which raises money for wildlife habitat improvement projects. I also work closely with the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Fish and Game and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service for the conservation for our fisheries here on the Wind River Indian Reservation.