St. Stephens Indian School
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Our Community

St. Stephens is an unincorporated community in Fremont County, Wyoming, and home to the St. Stephens Indian Mission

Our History

St. Stephens Indian School’s roots run deep, tracing back more than 120 years. St. Stephens was founded by a Jesuit priest from Buffalo, New York, to educate Arapahoe children on the Wind River Reservation. Our community and schools evolved, and today the Indian peoples govern the school and community. We receive funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and support from the Bureau of Indian Education

In 1888, SSIS operated as a boarding school with 90 students enrolled. Forty years later, a devastating fire in the dead of winter destroyed the church, the boys' dormitory, and the gym. 

At one point, four boarding schools operated at Wind River. In addition to St. Stephens, there was the Fort Washakie Boarding School, Robert's Mission School for girls, and the St. Michael's Mission School for Arapaho children. 

In 1939, St. Stephens School ceased operating as a boarding school and continued as a day school. In 1957, St. Stephens became a high school, and in 1975 efforts began to make St. Stephens an Indian controlled school. Today, St. Stephens is a thriving K–12 school blending academics with pride and respect for Native culture and heritage. We are proud of our history and our athletics program, which has produced several state champion basketball teams over the years.

Historical information courtesy of the Chief Washakie Foundation

Local Attractions

Fremont County Museums. “Where art meets history.” Explore our history and discover a culture rich in tradition. Fremont County operates three museums, each with a unique focus. 

Wind River Country. Yee-haw! Explore the beautiful Wind River Country. Visit and learn about the Wind River Reservation, go horseback riding, hike the Absaroka wilderness, or pan for gold. We have something everyone in the family can enjoy.