By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — It was a day to honor Shoshone-Bannock women March 18, since March is Women’s History Month.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Language and Culture Preservation Department, along with the Victims Assistance Program (VAP) and Sho-Ban News hosted the event at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel Events Center to honor the Tribes language, teachings and to showcase the dresses worn by momokoni and wai’ipenee (women).
The funds to pay for the event was done through fundraising so could only afford to pay for 200 lunches but as it turned out, there was enough for everyone, said Louise Dixey, LCPD Director. (cont.)
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By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — In an effort to have local families bring out heirloom dresses, a Traditional Clothing Show was hosted during the Appreciate Shoshone-Bannock Women event March 18 at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel.
There was a total of 37 dresses women and girls wore to showcase the work. Anna Bowers coordinated the event with the assistance of Kimberly Dixey and Dustina Abrahamson who served as the emcee.
“This was an Honor to tell my late mother Adeline Eldean George’s story of the order of dresses and she was right when she shared with me as a young girl that each dress has a story of how and why the dress was made,” she said. “I want to thank Dustina Abrahamson for being an awesome Moderator she really brought the descriptions provided to life and Kimberly Dixey who organized the models line up, they made everything run smoothly.” (cont.)
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — The 20th annual Grief Conference theme was “Healing with our Ishé (wolf) spirit,” which reflected on strength, resiliency and the importance of community through loss.
The event was sponsored by the Behavioral Health Programs on Tuesday, March 21. (cont.)
By JEANETTE WOLFLEY
WASHINGTON D.C. — On March 9 and 10, Tribal Native American Church (NAC) leaders testified to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies seeking support for a proposed peyote habitat protection project for the unique geographic area where the plant grows naturally.
Portions of southwestern Texas and northern Mexico are where private licensed landowners grow and sell the peyote plant Native American Church members who travel to Texas to harvest the plant for traditional ceremonies. (cont.)