By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Idaho State University (ISU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday, April 9 as a promise to work together to enhance education and training opportunities for tribal members.
In a press release from the Tribe’s Public Affairs it reads, “The MOA will provide the framework for formal government to government meetings between ISU and the Tribes and establishes a new Tribal/University Advisory Board (TUAB) to oversee the Strategic Proprieties that will implement the terms of the MOA. The Advisory Board will be comprised of four representatives from the Tribes and four representatives from ISU, along with two Shoshone-Bannock tribal members ISU students. Their first meeting will occur within one month after signing the of the MOA.” (cont.)
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By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL — The Spring Creek Drum Group started the Tribal Member Treaty Rights seminar at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel April 6 with an honor song and then a victory song.
Fort Hall Business council member Lee Juan Tyler gave a prayer. Claudeo Broncho, Fish and Wildlife Policy Representative, was the moderator and made sure everyone stayed on schedule.
Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Nathan Small gave the keynote address. He said tribal members right to hunt is not an individual right it’s a Tribes right. He explained the purpose of the seminar and knows the Tribes Treaty Rights are in jeopardy. The Herrera case is very concerning to him. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Wyoming, then it applies to us too. He is grateful for the treaties being signed so we can get the rights we do today, and if it weren’t for our ancestors we wouldn’t be here today. Small said to be thankful for what you take and make sure you don’t take too much. (cont.)
By LACEY WHELAN
NEW ZEALAND — Shoshone-Bannock tribal member Willow Kipp recently returned from a trip to New Zealand as apart of a Missoula delegation with Palmerston North University, in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
The overall goal was to better relationships between U of M and Palmerston North University and to hopefully begin an indigenous to indigenous exchange program for students and faculty. (cont.)
BOISE (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday signed into law a bill approving Medicaid expansion for about 90,000 low-income residents that adds work and other requirements to a voter-approved measure.
The law provides Medicaid to people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — $12,500 annually for one person or about $26,000 for a family of four.
The compromise bill that emerged from the Legislature after months of negotiations also requires the state to seek a federal waiver for the work requirement that would kick people off Medicaid if they don't find employment. (cont.)