Cote d’Ivoire And Native Americans

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has one of the largest economies in Sub Saharan Africa, and is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans with cocoa, oil and coffee being the country’s top export revenue earners. Cote d’Ivoire gained its independence from France in 1960.

Unfortunately, Cote d’Ivoire is also on the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) Tier 2 Watch List for failing to provide evidence of increased efforts to eliminate human trafficking in 2007. What’s more, some forms of trafficking are still legal.

To the Arapaho, known as Plains Indians, their language is central to who they are. Without it, they feel as if they do not have anything. The ceremony and ritual of the Sweat Lodge is also very important.

Wyoming’s Wind River country has the seventh largest Indian reservation in the United States, comprised of 2.2 million acres. Responsibility for governing the land is shared equally by the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes.

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