By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — A quorum of 150 tribal members was reached at the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Annual Meeting at around 11:30 a.m. May 11 where one resolution was approved to again place two tribal attorney contracts on the ballot.
Prior to Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Nathan Small calling the meeting to order, Norma Wadsworth briefly explained the Self Governance grant the Tribes received to plan whether they want to take over existing Indian Health Service programs or a portion. She had an information table set up and said the Tribal Health and Human Services is looking at focus groups to gather on June 17. They need ten volunteers from each reservation district to participate. When the report is complete they plan to go to districts in October to explain the results. (cont.)
In other news...
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — State of Idaho Governor Brad Little met with the Fort Hall Business Council on Wednesday, May 8 to discuss a number of issues to good dialogue and establish a relationship and better understanding in the future.
Chairman Small expressed to Governor Little that the Tribes really appreciate his visit.
Small suggested quarterly meetings with the Tribes in order to see how things are going. (cont.)
By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL — The Shoshone Bannock Health and Human services hosted the Women’s Health Fair “Catch the wave” event Thursday, May 9.
It started off with a fun run starting at the hotel parking lot. The fun/run was a full mile circling around the new casino and down around the old casino. After the fun run, the participants made their way to the hotel to have a fresh start breakfast.
The event continued with Fort Hall Business Council member Donna Thompson, saying the prayer, Elizabeth Ann Jim gave the introduction, and Paulette Jordan, made her keynote address.
Jordan started off speaking on her experience running for Idaho governor. She said when the election was over, she decided it was time for a break. She feels we all need that. (cont.)
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — Drusilla Gould talked about Deniwappe and the Traditional Roles of a Woman/Mother at the Early Intervention presentation on Friday, May 10.
Gould defined deniwappe as a set of unwritten rules that our tribe as well as many other tribes live by. Deniwappe is an old way of life and said it starts with language. She said deniwappe is what keeps one healthy and keeps your mind strong. It is passed down knowledge through oral history and is unwritten law. The presentation she gave was in Shoshoni. (cont.)
By JOSEPH WADSWORTH
FORT HALL — Counseling & Family Services hosted a Pajama Fun Run/Walk Tuesday, May 14.
Krissy Broncho CFS Manager/Clinical Coordinator spoke before the run explaining that May is Mental Health month and wanted to let everybody know that we can support one another.
“People do get severe mental illnesses and they do need to be treated. They shouldn’t be afraid to go to the Counseling & Family Services building, mental health is not something scary,” said Broncho. “It is just something we learn how to manage.” (cont.)