By JOSEPH WADSWORTH
VIRGINIA CITY, Mont. — On the morning of Saturday, July 13, a morning sunrise prayer at Tendoy Park was conducted in honor of the Virginia City Treaty Day Gathering in Virginia City, Montana.
Spring Creek Singers sang prayer songs and Clyde Duke Dixey said a prayer and had everyone cedar themselves.
Bobette Haskett, Language & Cultural Preservation Original Territories & Historical Researcher, said her father Farrell Wildcat recalled being in the Virginia City area many times in his youth with his aunt who he visited. She lived in a village around the area Wildcat told Haskett that his aunt would tell him stories letting him know about the people that was from the areas.
Haskett said “I wish we had a little time travel that we could go back and visit with the old folks because they knew this area, they knew how to live here and they knew where everything was,” — she went on to say when strangers came everything changed. (cont.)
In other news...
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — Miss Shoshone-Bannock Jennie Whitehorse hosted an event for young girls to share her experiences as the reigning queen on Thursday, July 11.
She gave her advice to potential participants and encouraged them to run for the title of Miss Sho-Ban, as well as other titles.
Whitehorse said the title of Miss Sho-Ban is one of the most important titles a young woman can achieve within the community.
“She does so much more than powwows, she attends social events, historical events that are really important to our Tribes,” she said. (cont.)
IDAHO FALLS (AP) — A group of 28 Idaho Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to Boise State University criticizing the school's efforts to address gender-based violence, aid underrepresented minority students and to avoid bias in hiring decisions because the lawmakers say those and other programs increase tuition costs and go against the “Idaho way.''
The Post Register reports the letter was written by Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Barbara Ehardt to newly appointed Boise State University President Marlene Tromp on July 9. Dozens of other Republican state lawmakers signed it, including Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star, Assistant Majority Leader Jason Monks of Nampa, Rep. Brent Crane of Nampa and Rep. Judy Boyle of Midvale. (cont.)
By KEATS CONLEY
Anadromous Fish Program, Fish and Wildlife Department, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
PANTHER CREEK — Panther Creek, a tributary of the upper Salmon River, is an aboriginal fishing area for the Shoshone and Bannock peoples. Once, Panther Creek supported as many as 2,000 spawning Chinook Salmon, but mining activities completely wiped out the population by the late-1960s.
In 2014, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes began supplementing Panther Creek with Chinook Salmon using a “concrete-to-gravel” approach. Pahsimeroi Fish Hatchery provides eyed-eggs, which the Tribes transport to Panther Creek in coolers and plant in custom-made incubators called “egg boxes.” The egg boxes are buried in the riverbed and anchored in place with rebar. In the spring, fry can swim out of the box to rear in the creek just like natural fish. (cont.)
DRIGGS — On Tuesday, July 16 the Teton School District School Board voted 4-1 to retire the Teton High School’s mascot name, the Redskins.
On June 26 tribal representatives were invited to Teton High School to speak on the issue, sharing their Native American perspective and explaining why the Redskins name was offensive.
Randy’L Teton, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Public Affairs manager, was one of the panelists. She commented to the Idaho Statesman in a text message, “We are very pleased that the school board listened to the tribes in removing the Redskins name.” (cont.)
BLACKFOOT — Every year the Eastern Idaho State Fair Management tries to make positive changes throughout the fairgrounds and with the help of the Shoshone Bannock Tribal Council, the Fair is excited to bring back Anna Bowers as the Native American Department Superintendent.
Joining Anna will be Mary Chix Washakie as the Assistant Superintendent. Anna and Chix have many years of experience working on both sides of the table. They both have entered in many categories in the department, and both have either supervised or helped with entering and displaying for many years in the Native American Department.
Every year people come from all over to enjoy the Eastern Idaho State Fair. The Native American Department showcases amazing hand crafted items according to a press release. You can see buckskin clothing with detailed beadwork to jewelry as small as rings. Each piece is a work of art. (cont.)