Former Northern Arapaho Leader Stephen Fasthorse Dies Unexpectedly At 45

Stephen Fasthorse, a former top leader for the Northern Arapaho Tribe, died of an unexpected and sudden emergency, the tribe announced on Wednesday night.

Clair McFarland

March 30, 20232 min read

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A former top government official for the Northern Arapaho Tribe died unexpectedly this week, the tribe has announced.

Stephen Fasthorse, 45, died Monday night after what the Northern Arapaho Business Council called “an unexpected and sudden medical emergency.”

“The Northern Arapaho Tribe is mourning the loss of Stephen Fast Horse, a well-loved husband, father, son, brother, Tribal leader and a strong traditional Arapaho,” reads a statement the business council dispatched Wednesday night.

The council is the executive branch of the tribe, though in the Northern Arapaho Tribe it also creates some legislation.

“The NABC thanks Stephen Fast Horse for his longtime service to the Arapaho people and deep commitment to creating a brighter future for our Tribe, and we offer our sincerest condolences and prayers to his family, friends and loved ones,” wrote the council.

Fasthorse served the NABC during the COVID-19 pandemic and was the key proponent of adding sports betting to the tribe’s business, the Wind River Hotel and Casino south of Riverton.

The Fremont County Coroner does not have an investigation under Fasthorse’s name, which indicates his death is believed to be of natural causes.

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Clair McFarland

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