The Wind Walkers are a new club at Laramie High School that first met last school year in the spring.

The club is a chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

AISES is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.

“I began this group so that people can see that there’s so many careers out there and there’s so many opportunities out there,” Linda Temte said.

AISES provides student members with many academic opportunities like scholarships and internships.

Temte is one of the club’s sponsors and Jacob Greenlee is the other sponsor, as AISES requires at least one science teacher to be a part of their clubs.

“I like the students to kind of drive it,” Temte said. “I’m just there as a sponsor.”

They meet Wednesdays during lunch in Room 2011.

“This club is open to anyone,” Temte said.

Temte said when people hear AISES, she thinks it limits their group.

Despite the AISES label, she emphasizes that participation in the group is not exclusively for American Indians or people interested in science and engineering fields.

The club is in its early stages, but they hope to eventually go on field trips and participate in larger AISES events.

“We’re still at the beginnings and trying to figure out what direction do we want to go,” Temte said.

Temte also wants to meet with other groups including those at the University of Wyoming and possibly some in Colorado.

She added that there is a club at the University of Wyoming which she hoped to get in contact with called Keepers of the Fire.

The Wind Walkers also have plans to go on a field trip to some BLM land where there are tipi rings.

Their focus right now is to build community in the group along with recruiting new members.

“No matter what your background is, no matter what your heritage, we want people to be proud of that,” Temte said.

The group voted to name themselves the Wind Walkers.

“We’re a strong people and we’ve withstood a lot in history, throughout history and time, and we’re going to keep walking,” Temte said about the name.

The Wind Walkers are the only high school AISES club in Wyoming outside of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

“We’re in region 1 which is like Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho,” Temte said.

Temte had to go through a long process and application to start an AISES club.

“It was months later. I didn’t hear from them and then finally, I got an email that said that we had become a chapter,” Temte said.

The Wind Walkers are a pre-college group, but AISES also offers professional and college programs including one at UW.