By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL —Tescha Hawley, a breast cancer survivor, created the nonprofit Day Eagle Hope Project because of challenges she faced in her treatment, so she could help provide services to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and surrounding communities.
A member of the Gros Ventre tribe in Montana, Hawley spoke from the heart telling her cancer experience February 22 at the Cancer Warrior’s Resource Fair in Fort Hall. She talked about the obstacles she had to overcome such as dealing with outdated equipment at the local clinic, to getting referrals from Indian Health Service for treatment in Billings, Mont. 300 miles away from her rez. (cont.)
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By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Cancer Warrior’s Resource Fair was intended to connect patients to resources they may need in their health care journeys.
Patient Navigator Nancy Wahtomy said there’s a lot of different resources and different people that can help whether you need a ride to an appointment, gas money, a motel room or health insurance.
The Resource Fair is the result of a resource booklet she put together as it was intended for new cancer patients because everything can be overwhelming at first when one gets a cancer diagnosis. (cont.)
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — Learning and teaching was a big part of the Blackfoot High School (BHS) Indigenous Club second annual Fourth Grade Field Trip on Tuesday, February 27.
District #55 students took part in a variety of activities including traditional games, dancing, storytelling, beading and visited the Fort Hall Museum.
Indigenous Club President, Yamni Chandler, is a senior at Blackfoot High School and the son of Shayna Martin and Benjamin Vermillion. He said the Indigenous Club’s purpose for sharing their culture is to educate the cultural history of the Shoshone-Bannock People. (cont.)
By ECHO MARSHALL
Tribal Public Affairs
FORT HALL — In 2020, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (Tribes) purchased 157 acres in Elmore County adjacent to the City of Mountain Home for the purpose of economic development projects in order to generate revenue to provide for the basic human needs, employment, reduction of poverty, infrastructure, housing, roads, and to improve health and well-being for their Tribal members; in addition to improving the overall economy of the region.
The Tribes have a tradition of helping those in need by donating time, money and other resources to a variety of causes. “We are committed to being a good neighbor, employer and stewards of the earth,” said Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Lee Juan Tyler. “This project will benefit the broader Idaho community through job creation, training opportunities, business development and entertainment.” (cont.)