Chief Washakie Memorial Fund

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An Anonymous DonorJulie Morris matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $250

An Anonymous DonorScott Quillinan matched $1,000 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $1,000

An Anonymous DonorUW Foundation Board matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $12,000

An Anonymous DonorUW Foundation Board matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $20,000Just for Alumni (2013-2023)

An Anonymous DonorUW Foundation Board matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $30,000

An Anonymous DonorPresident Seidel matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $50,000Just for Faculty/Staff

An Anonymous DonorUW Foundation Board matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $60,000

An Anonymous DonorMcMurry Foundation matched $2 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $500,000
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About

Education offers the greatest opportunity for improvement from one generation to another. For many Native American students, education—especially higher education—has been the route to an improved quality of life. That's why we're asking for your support of Native American students through the Chief Washakie Endowment and the Zedora Teton Enos Excellence Fund.

Chief Washakie and Zedora Teton Enos

Chief Washakie championed education and forged a way for his people through great challenges. Zedora Teton Enos has humbly followed in his footsteps. The Chief Washakie Foundation established this excellence fund in service of education and entrepreneurship for the Tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation. This excellence fund is named in honor of Zedora Teton Enos, an elder of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and an exemplary entrepreneur, champion of education, and Chief Washakie Foundation trustee. Her life is one of overcoming obstacles, finding her own way, setting an example for others, and never believing anyone who told her that she couldn’t do something.

Zedora Teton Enos is the great-granddaughter of Chief Washakie, and Shoshone was her first language. She was born in 1941 in Fort Washakie to Marie Washakie and Charlie Teton, a Shoshone-Bannock from Fort Hall, Idaho. For her first several years, she was raised by her maternal grandmother Josie Trehero Washakie, who gave her a foundation in moral and cultural teachings. Grandma Josie was the daughter-in-law of Chief Washakie and wife to Washakie’s son George Washakie. Josie learned many of the Old Man’s stories from 1890–1900 and passed these stories to Zedora in the 1940s. In this way, Zedora became a keeper of more than 200 years of family lore.

The Impact of Your Support

There are many opportunities for the University of Wyoming and the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone people to work together in ways that empower tribes, nurture innovation for Native American sustainability, and demonstrate respects for a tribe’s culture, traditions, laws, and diverse expressions of sovereignty. The Chief Washakie Endowment and the Zedora Teton Enos Excellence Fund promote cooperation between UW and the Wind River Reservation—educating graduates who are grounded in their own culture and are also prepared with the social, civic, and work skills they need to live and contribute to a multicultural global society.

“I wanted to see this endowment created because of a passion for education and being an entrepreneur, and to help others know that they can get out and do something,” Zedora said. “At the beginning, I wanted to set a good example and let others know what we can do. I want our people to know that they can roll up their sleeves and do something for themselves.”

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