By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
VIRGINIA CITY, Mont. — After a two-year break, the Virginia City Treaty Day Gathering returned on July 15 and 16 giving the opportunity to the Shoshone-Bannock people to return to the homelands of the place the Agai Deka people and Tukudeka once migrated.
Jeanette Wolfley, tribal attorney, gave a historical presentation on Friday and explained the area was once used for hunting, fishing and gathering and following the buffalo herd in the area. (cont.)
In other news...
FORT HALL — The Fort Hall Business Council approved the Tribal Election Board’s recommendation to have the referendum vote on the Mountain Home economic project for Friday, September 23.
The election will be in person at all five reservation district lodges. (cont.)
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — A variety of people and Tribal Works Department are assisting in getting the Shoshone-Bannock Festival arbor, racetrack and rodeo grounds ready for the annual event scheduled August 11 to 14.
Shoshone-Bannock Festival Coordinator Leah Pandoah said they’re looking at the safety of everything so currently Greg Osborne is replacing partitions in the arts and crafts booths. He’s also replacing any poles that may have rotted on the east side of the booths and had to replace the roof on one of the booths. He said the booths held up pretty good over the years but some didn’t have treated poles that’s why they needed replacing. Also some needed the wood secured to the roofs. (cont.)
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — A cookout for outgoing Fort Hall Rodeo Queen Sammie Neaman was July 16 at the Fort Hall Indoor Arena where attendees ate, kids rode horses and a display featured awards and accomplishments.
Sammie said it was her her last day as rodeo queen. “”My experience as rodeo queen has been one of the best years of my life. I went to the INFR, I was in a movie, I went to rodeos and I met new friends.” “It was an amazing experience overall and a great opportunity for me and in my life.” (cont.)