The NAPR department was created seven years ago. Before that the NABC relied on a press secretary to disseminate information to the local media outlets. The Hei’towoot Newsletter was under the direction of the Sky People Higher Education Program. After the press secretary resigned from her position, the NABC approached the Hei’towoot Newsletter Editor Donovan Antelope and the Sky People Higher Education Program and asked if they would like to be the PR department for the tribe. The newsletter program was then moved under the direction of the NABC and the Northern Arapaho Public Relations department was created. The program currently has two employees, Donovan Antelope, Director of NAPR and Mary Tafoya, NAPR secretary. Donovan tries to cover as many events on the reservation as possible and keep the public informed of what is happening within the tribe through the Hei’towoot Newsletter and the new Hei’towoot News Hour on KWRR 89.5 FM. He also alerts the local media to events that they would like to see publicized in the newspapers or television. The Hei’towoot Newsletter is a publication distributed by the Northern Arapaho Public Relations department. The PR department covers activities throughout the Reservation and provides weekly status reports to the NABC. Part of the PR department’s responsibility is to report publicly on the NABC’s weekly activities and keep the general public informed on what the NABC is doing, where they’ve been and where they plan on going. The PR department also develops and distributes press releases to the local media.
The newsletter was retired for a year in 2007 due to budget constraints and at that time Donovan Antelope was running the program alone. A newsletter was distributed only a few times that year. In 2008, the NAPR re-organized and approached the NABC to hire a new assistant director to help re-format the newsletter layout. The NABC approved a slightly increased budget to hire a new worker and to get the newsletter back into publication. The Hei’towoot Newsletter was re-designed and circulated to the public. At first, only five hundred copies of the newsletter were available to the public, but thanks to high demand and the popularity of the newsletter, 2000 copies are now available for distribution.
The NAPR department also mails the newsletters to other tribes throughout Indian Country to let everyone know what progress the Northern Arapaho tribe is making each month. Each newsletter features one or two different tribal programs in each edition so that tribal members are made aware of the many different programs that work for the tribe. Each edition features information on what the programs do and what services, if any, they offer to the public. If the programs constantly change their public services, programs such as the NA grants program, the NACPS, the CSBG program or the Wind River Tribal College, or if they offer new services, they will be featured again in the newsletter. To further keep the public informed, the PR department has begun to publish the newsletter online as well as distributing paper copies of the newsletter. The newsletter can be viewed on the NAPR website at http://www.northernarapaho.com/pr. The newsletters from 2008 are also available for viewing on the website. They can also print them off if they wish to have their own copy. The newsletter is available each month at various locations in Ft. Washakie, Ethete, Arapahoe, and at the tribe’s casinos. The NAPR website also has biographies of the NABC, announcements, an events calendar, and a photo gallery. Feedback is always welcome; visitors can tell us how we are doing or give us ideas on our website. The NAPR does their best to keep the public informed of events in the tribe. If anyone has any information they would like to see publicized in the newsletter, please submit your information to us no later the 15th of each month. This will give the NAPR department time to format the information properly and to put it into the newsletter before it is e-mailed to the printing company. The newsletter is available at the end of each month either on the 30th or 31st. If these two dates fall on the weekend, then the newsletter will usually be available on the last Friday of the month.
Due once again to budget constraints, the Hei'towoot Newsletter will not be available in print form but will be available for viewing on this website and the tribes website as well. Hopefully soon the NAPR will be able once again to print the newsletter for the people.