By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – The Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) began on March 21 at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Events Center. The event was meant to celebrate strengths of individuals, while promoting healing for a better future for the community.
According to the agenda, the objectives of the training is describing the history process, goals and outcomes of the GONA and community planning and mobilization site visit; explain the relationships between historical trauma, cultural resilience, and reconnecting to culture; identify the essential elements of the community prevention plan.
Day one began with a grand entry of all participants, who gathered in a circle as Medicine Thunder sang. (cont.)
In other news...
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – The Early Childhood & Head Start Powwow was on Saturday, March 18, where new royalty was crowned.
Little Princess is Kirstyn Lynn Farmer; she is in preschool and the daughter of Kameryn and Audrey Farmer. Kirstyn enjoys being outside playing, riding four-wheelers with her sisters, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling to powwows, riding horses, spending time with her traditional brothers, and being with her family. (cont.)
By LORI EDMO-SUPPAH
FORT HALL — Tribal officials say there was an attempted robbery at the Sage Hill Casino March 17 when the Fort Hall Police responded.
The FHPD is seeking a female suspect in connection with the alleged theft from a casino patron. FHPD Captain Mark Massey said the female suspect left the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. Initial investigation determined the suspect resides in Blackfoot so both the FHPD and Bingham County Sheriff’s office are investigating the incident. (cont.)
By YVETTE TUELL
Tribal Public Affairs
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes was invited to speak in Washington D.C. on March 15 at the bipartisan and bicameral Roundtable Discussion on “Building Native American Together: Infrastructure Innovation and Improvements for the New Administration and Indian Country.”
It was hosted by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Nature Resource Committee.
The Committees were interested in learning how the tribes developed different strategies to develop Tribal infrastructure needs so they can develop strategies to carry into the Trump Administration policies for Indian Country. (cont.)
BOISE — In 2017, the Upper Snake River Tribes (USRT) Foundation is initiating an annual $1,000 college scholarship to assist a tribal member from one of USRT’s four member tribes to pursue a career in the environmental, fish & wildlife, and/or natural resource fields.
Each year the scholarship will honor a USRT tribal leader who has exhibited dedication and passion in one or more of those fields and has been a cornerstone of USRT’s success said Eric Hauser, USRT executive director. (cont.)
Joseph A. Wadsworth
Joseph A. Wadsworth
• March 31-April 1, 2017 – Idaho State University Powwow at Reed Gym, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. Grand entries 7 p.m. March 31 and 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. April 1. Host drum Catching Eagle, Towaoc, Colorado. For more information contact Jessica Rodriguez at (208) 220-7394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Yvonne Warjack at (208) 705-9411 or email email@example.com .
• March 31-April 1, 2017 – UVU Powwow 2017 at Rebecca D. Lockhart Arena, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. Grand entries 7 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday. Host drum White Bull, Riverton, WY. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org .
• April 8-9, 2017 – 25th Annual Native American Student Union & Southern Oregon University Powwow at Phoenix High School Main Gym, 745 N. Rose St, Phoenix, Oregon. Everyone welcome. Grand entries 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday and Noon Sunday. Host drum Steiger Butte. For more information contact (541) 552-6128 or email NASUSOU1@gmail.com