By LORI ANN EDMO
POCATELLO — Paulette Jordan, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said it would mean everything to have a Native woman in the halls of Congress to have a voice.
She spoke at a Town Hall at Caldwell Park in Pocatello October 15. She also made a visit with the Fort Hall Business Council October 16 before continuing on her campaign stops.
It’s so essential to speak up on behalf of tribal sovereignty – speaking up on behalf of our value systems — what we hold sacred, she said. “When we don’t speak up for ourselves, we allow others to speak up for us.” She said tribes are still fighting for sovereign rights, fighting for our treaties to be respected, even to protect our executive orders, along with fighting for our natural resources, “So if we are not fighting back with our vote, we do lose our standing and our sovereignty,” because of the sovereign relationship tribes have with the national government.
Jordan said that is what it represents in this race, “We are speaking up for all people.” (cont.)
In other news...
By DANA HERNANDEZ
MISSOULA, Mont. — Shoshone-Bannock tribal member, Stormee Kipp, plays the lead role in the Independent film, Sooyii, which is a film based on the smallpox outbreak amongst the Blackfeet people.
Sooyii was filmed in Montana on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and features an all Native acting cast.
Kipp, who is also Blackfeet, is the son of Michelle Kipp and the late Gerad Kipp. He is the grandson of Dr. LaNada Warjack, Gigi Kipp, and Loretta Evening. He is 20 years old and is currently attending the University of Montana where he is majoring in psychology. (cont.)
From IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
POCATELLO — Biological sciences undergraduate student Sidney Fellows has lofty goals.
Fellows, 24, is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes, whose plan is to help establish camas, a traditional subsistence plant, at the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, and to contribute additional information to fellow tribal members about the importance and availability of this traditional food source.
“The main goal of the project is to assess the best growing conditions for Camassia quamash, a plant commonly known as camas. We are interested in the adaptive capacity of Camassia quamash under changing conditions, including the feasibility of growing plants in Fort Hall, Idaho,” Fellows said. “We are going through a literature review, and doing seed germination and bulb transplant experiments and the ultimate goal is to be able to grow and raise it on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.” (cont.)
By DANA HERNANDEZ
NAMPA — Rudy Soto is currently in a run for Congress, and since elections are just around the corner, he wanted to share some updates about his campaign and how he feels about it.
Soto said he describes himself as an easy going person who loves to joke. “I was really excited when I stopped over in Fort Hall and some employees from the casino recognized me and we got a picture together and that made me feel good. I would say I am approachable, down to earth, and I love to laugh,” he said.
Soto has visited just about every county within the first district, which is 19 counties. “As of today, I’ve been to the 15 of the 19, so I’ve been working hard on closing out strong and making myself available to the voters in every town and region throughout the district and that has been going very well,” said Soto. (cont.)
FORT HALL — The Tribal Office of Emergency Management (TOEM) reports there are 29 positive COVID-19 cases being monitored on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
TOEM officially reports the weekly number of COVID-19 cases. The total number of tribal members impacted by COVID-19 is currently at 348 cases (the number includes positives and recovered) since the pandemic started in early April. Of the 348 cases, 29 are currently positive and being monitored, 308 have recovered, 5 are currently hospitalized, and 6 reported deaths because of COVID-19.
The Tribes continue to stress to please wear your face mask in all public settings, both indoors and outdoors. It includes family gatherings birthday parties, cookouts, funerals. If you cannot postpone them, consider holding them outside where there are better air flow and people can stay farther apart and limit outside guests into your home. (cont.)
By RANDY’L TETON
Fort Hall Native Vote coordinator
FORT HALL — With the November election just 11 days around the corner, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is gearing up to help voters practice healthy behaviors to slow the spread of COVID-19 leading up to Election Day on November 3.
Fort Hall Business Council Devon Boyer said every vote counts and if you just turned 18 years of age register and vote. “We need all of our people that are able to vote to vote. Together we have the ability to make change with our voting power.”
Early walk-in voting is now open at local county clerk’s offices. Bannock County Clerk office is located at 141 N. Sixth Ave in Pocatello and is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday until October 30. Bingham County Clerk’s office is located at 501 N Maple Street in Blackfoot and is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until October 30. (cont.)
By DANA HERNANDEZ
MISSOULA, Mont. — Shoshone-Bannock tribal member artist, renowned fancy dancer, and new mother, Willow Kipp, was selected as one of four artists to complete a mural project, which is located right in the middle of downtown Missoula, Montana.
The mural is a project that is funded through the ZACC (Zoo town Art Community Center) and Kipp said she applied for their art call in early July and was chosen to do a mural of her choice. She began working on the mural, but has currently paused because she is waiting for more supplies to arrive. (cont.)