By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
BOISE — The Return of the Boise Valley People event had a full agenda starting with sunrise ceremonies and cultural presentations throughout the day into the evening.
The Shoshone-Paiute Tribe hosted the first sunrise ceremony at Quarry View Park on Friday, June 15 with Murray Sope saying the prayer.
Friday was set for tribal demonstrations and cultural presentations. The tribes and their departments in attendance set up tables of information to share.
The BLM Morley Nelson Birds of Prey Exhibit brought an eagle named Slim, an owl and a hawk to share. The public was able to answer questions and take photos with the birds. (cont.)
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By LORI ANN EDMO
BOISE — The spirit of Boise Valley warriors and soldiers past and present were remembered as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter named “Tusaipehe” was dedicated June 15 at Gowen Field in honor of the original Boise Valley People.
“Tusaipehe” translates “Black hawk” in the Bannock language. The unveiling of the logo — attached on each side of the helicopter — was done at the ceremony where attendees included those at the Return of the Boise Valley People event, along with military personnel.
Cecil Horn, a member of the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone, created the logo that features a warrior and a hawk amidst a river canyon. (cont.)
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
BOISE — City of Boise officials and tribal leaders welcomed the Eighth Annual Return of the Boise Valley People event and showed their commitment to partnership and dedication to moving forward.
An opening ceremony took place at Boise City Hall on Thursday, June 14, where Shoshone Paiute tribal member Brian Thomas said a prayer for the gathering. He asked blessings for all people, from where the sun rises on the east coast to the west coast, which he called the direction of life.
A drum group was in attendance to sing a flag and honor song. (cont.)
By YVETTE TUELL
Tribal Public Affairs
BOISE — Tribal Leaders met with Idaho Army National Guard officials in Boise for a formal Tribal Leaders meeting commemorating the “Return of the Boise Valley People” event.
Tribal leaders from three tribes attended the meeting, including Chairman Nathan Small of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes; Chairman Ted Howard of the Shoshone-Paiutes Tribes and Chairman Austin Greene, Jr., of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Ten council members also attended, including: Vice-Chairman Ladd Edmo (SBT), Vice-Chairman Jim Gibson (SPT), Brian Thomas (SPT), Teresa Manulito (SPT), Arnold Thomas (SPT), Colin Thomas (SPT), and Lee Tom (CTWS). (cont.)
By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL — Several booths were set up for the Men’s Health Fair on Thursday, June 14 in the front of the HRDC Building lawn.
There was a warrior walk in the morning and a breakfast followed.
Before lunch there were several games including a relay race, fastest man race, home run derby, tug of war and a bow and arrow contest. All who participated received tickets for the many drawings, which were done throughout the day, and the final drawings for the largest prizes were done at the end. (cont.)