By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
RAFT RIVER — The Shoshone-Bannock Language & Culture Preservation Department hosted a wild onion harvest gathering on Friday, May 7.
The day began with a prayer before a small caravan made the trip to the Gifford Springs area, located along the Snake River among the cedars on public lands.
It was estimated about 25 people came to the event and were instructed to practice social distancing while harvesting. (cont.)
In other news...
FORT HALL — The Fort Hall Business Council advises there is no per capita distribution in June for Shoshone-Bannock tribal members.
The FHBC is responsible for the financial appropriations of all tribal revenues. The past year has been devastating to all tribal revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a Tribal Public Affairs press release. (cont.)
By YVETTE TOWERSAP TUELL
Office of Public Affairs
FORT HALL — After several months of waiting, the U.S. Treasury finally provided distribution information to tribes on the $20 billion that Congress allocated to tribes for coronavirus relief, as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
Congress also provided $1 billion to be divided equally to all tribes. Treasury representatives said they are seeking to help strengthen tribal economies and recover from the multi-faceted impacts of COVID-19. Tribal governments should have the tools to make the necessary decisions on how to spend. (cont.)
By DANA HERNANDEZ
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Health and Human Services program hosted a women’s health fair drive-thru on Thursday, May 6 at the Festival grounds.
THHS was one of many programs that handed out information on the health aspects of wellness, and distributed a grab bag of goodies, a flowered pot and a Subway lunch. (cont.)
FORT HALL — Three Fort Hall residents died in an accident on Siler Road just north of Sheepskin Road May 8 on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
Fort Hall Police Captain Mark Massey said dispatch received a call around 2:20 p.m. of the accident. (cont.)
By RANDY’L TETON
EOC Public Information Officer
FORT HALL — According to Tribal Health officials, 20% of total cases in Fort Hall are children (ages 10-17 years old). In the past 45 days, 50% of the positive cases are children under the age of 18 years old. In the past two weeks, 9 of the 11 positive cases were under the age 18 years old.
We are urging the Fort Hall community to get your child/children over the ages of 12 years old vaccinated. Fort Hall now has the Pfizer vaccine to help prevent the transmission of Covid-19 for our youth in our community. We also had a recent COVID death, bringing our total to 20. We offer our prayers to the families and encourage everyone to keep safe as the COVID is still here. (cont.)