By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — The Fort Hall Business Council honored Captain Anneliese Satz, Shoshone-Bannock and her husband Anthony Pompei September 15 who are both U.S. Marine pilots serving in Japan.
The pair were home briefly and made the stop in Fort Hall to visit with Boyer family members.
Fort Hall Business Council member Devon Boyer said the Tribes are very happy to offer prayer for those serving this country, “It can be a major task and throughout times a lot of our tribal members have paid the ultimate price and there are those that were fortunate to come home.” “We offer prayer for every one of them, each and every day because we know how important it is,” he said. He pointed to the plaques hanging in the Tribal Council Chambers in all of the efforts to support military and all of the people in protecting and serving our country. (cont.)
In other news...
By LORI ANN EDMO
BOISE — Devon Boyer had the opportunity to meet with President Joe Biden on September 13 in Boise where he and about 30 others got to take a photo with him and say a few words.
Devon said he and Shoshone-Paiute Tribal chairman Brian Thomas were there. “I thanked him for being here in Indian Country and he did remember me from the time we met before during the Obama Administration and efforts to make sure that VAWA was signed into law. He thanked me for that and I thanked him back.”
Boyer said in the few moments he had to speak with Biden, he did express that the Tribes appreciate all the funding that’s been available for tribes. He said the Tribes are looking at the ability to possibly have some more funds because the Tribes have a lot of infrastructure that needs done, “We have a lot of internet that needs done and in order to provide health, safety, welfare of this tribe, that also included health care dollars.” (cont.)
By DANA HERNANDEZ
BLACKFOOT — Prior to the Indian Relay Races on September 9 at the EISF, FHBC Chairman Devon Boyer, Councilman Lee Juan Tyler, and Vice Chairwoman Marlene Skunkcap made their art selections at the Native American Department.
Boyer chose a willow board with a willow shade, which was submitted by Jake Broncho. The willow maker(s) are family from the Shoshone-Paiute. Broncho won the Grand Champion ribbon along with $100 and a trophy. (cont.)
From SB TRIBES EOC
FORT HALL — The Tribal Emergency Operations Center reports according to contact tracers, they’re seeing a spike in positive COVID-19 cases from the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy posted on their Facebook page they will be closed until September 20 because of multiple students and staff testing positive for coronavirus.
Travis Martin, Tribal Data Analyst, said the Idaho Department of Public Health advises since July 1, 92% of all cases have been from the Delta variant including 99% in August. (cont.)