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Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes

A complete overhaul of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes website, replacing an outdated WordPress site with a modern, user-friendly, and visually appealing website.

ClientCheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
ContributionWeb design, front-end development
Duration6 months
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The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes faced significant challenges with their existing website, which was built on WordPress. The site was slow, outdated, and had become bloated due to changes by multiple developers over time, making maintenance a complex task.

Recognizing the need for a comprehensive overhaul, they reached out to me in late 2021, and we kicked off the project in early 2022.


The primary challenge was to replace the existing, inefficient WordPress site with a more streamlined, user-friendly, and visually appealing website. The project faced delays due to staff changes within the tribes, stretching the timeline further than anticipated.

At the time, this was the biggest project I had taken on, and reconstructing a site this large in Webflow was going to be no small task. The site was going to have well over 60 static pages and over 15 different types of dynamic pages.


I undertook the task of rebuilding the website from the ground up using Webflow, focusing on creating cleaner animations and a more engaging user interface, as well as a content management system and methodology that is best for the needs of the Tribes. The process involved:

  1. Initial Consultations: Several meetings were conducted with the Tribes' team to understand their needs and preferences.
  2. Wireframing: The first step was to develop wireframes, which were meticulously reviewed and approved by the Tribes' communications and IT teams.
  3. Design and Development: Following approval, the design was fleshed out, ensuring it aligned with the tribes' vision and communication needs.
  4. Project Handoff: The completed project was handed over in January 2023.


The new website has been operational since its launch in January 2023 and has been well-received by the tribal residents. The site is now faster, more visually appealing, and easier to navigate. The new design also reflects the tribes' cultural heritage and values, which was a key requirement.


Chris Roman Nose, Director of Communications for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, applauded the project:

"Jake has been a great partner in helping us create our Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes new website design! He was very helpful, efficient, and knowledgeable about our requests. We highly recommend him for your next project! Thank you!"


This project highlights the importance of understanding client needs, adapting to challenges, and delivering a product that not only meets but exceeds expectations. The new website has been a significant improvement for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, and I am proud to have been a part of it.