Resettling the West: Mexicans in Wyoming
Wyoming PBS documentary explores lives of Mexican immigrants
RESETTLING THE WEST: MEXICANS IN WYOMING examines the lives of newly arrived immigrants in eight Wyoming communities. Wyoming, like nearly every state in the nation, has seen unprecedented growth in its Hispanic population during the past decade. Our Hispanic population has grown 23 percent since the last census in 1990 and now accounts for 6.4 percent of our population.
Drawing on taped interviews (in English and Spanish) of dozens of Mexican immigrants in Jackson, Rock Springs, Green River, Evanston, Little America, Cheyenne, Torrington and Powell, the documentary examines the lives of newly arrived immigrants – their aspirations, their challenges, their efforts to hold on to their own language and culture while adapting to a new language and culture. One Wyoming community – Jackson – has seen its Mexican population increase eight or ten fold in the past decade as Mexicans have flocked to Teton County to fill jobs in the resort industry that Americans have been less and less willing to take. The documentary takes a look at how community leaders, the Catholic Church and employers in Jackson have responded to the relatively sudden arrival of a minority population.