By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – The Casino Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony was on Monday, October 17.
The celebration began as soon as one entered the door and was greeted by Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center staff and presented with a small pin to commemorate the occasion. Serving staff were adorned with hard hats and walked throughout the crowd handing out appetizers. The northwest corner of the room had a small finger food station set up for all to enjoy. (cont.)
In other news..
By DARRYL POKIBRO
FORT HALL — The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Pacific Region Conference was at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center October 11 through October 13 and the theme of the conference was “Traditional Knowledge: Passing It On.”
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes were the host of the conference. Representatives from several different tribes within the Pacific Northwest region attended the conference to share knowledge through presentations about their regional areas, salmon, animals, climate change, and passing along information. (cont.)
By DARRYL POKIBRO
FORT HALL — Travis Stone is the new Land Use Director with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. He was hired on September 9.
Prior to working as the Land Use Director, Stone started with the Tribes in 2006 as an Environmental Technician for the Agriculture Resource Management Program within the Land Use Department. In 2007, Delbert Farmer introduced Stone as an Energy Resource Program Manager. Later he became a Natural Resource Specialist with the Fish and Wildlife Department up until this new position as Land Use Director.
Since Stone started with the Tribes he met two good friends and mentors — the late Delbert Farmer, who helped started Stone’s career job with the Tribes, was a great mentor teaching Stone about the Government, Tribal History, Politics, and how the operations with the Tribes work. (cont.)
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is encouraging the Tribal membership to sign up for direct deposit.
If you currently have direct deposit and need to make changes or closures, please notify the Finance office at 478-3779.
If you do not have direct deposit and would like to have your monies sent to the bank of your choice, you are required to complete the Tribes direct deposit form. Return the form back to the Finance office by Friday, November 4 at 5 p.m. Please include all supporting documentation such as a bank statement or voided check (for verification purposes). (cont.)
FORT HALL — Got Housing? “Enne ha gahni ba’i?” (Shoshone) “E’ha novi kayu?” (Bannock)
The Planning Department & The Housing Opportunities Program in Collaboration with the Tax Department of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is launching an important Needs Assessment project this week. (cont.)
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – Jeri Moomaw, a consultant and trainer, gave a presentation on Sex trafficking of Native Women at the Domestic Violence Awareness Symposium on Thursday, October 13.
Moomaw is dedicated to her work in combating commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, gangs and domestic violence. She has been personally impacted by violence and has made it her life’s work to educate and prevent. (cont.)
Joseph A. Wadsworth
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