New FHBC from left: Treasurer Tino Batt, Council Member Daniel Stone, Council Member Lee Juan Tyler, Chairman Nathan Small, Sergeant at Arms Ladd Edmo, Secretary Marcus Coby and Vice Chairman Darrell Shay.
By LORI EDMO-SUPPAH
FORT HALL — Daniel Stone received the most votes in the June 16 Fort Hall Business Council Special Election with 187 votes.
He outdistanced eight other opponents: Devon Boyer 69, Gary Watson 66, Wesley R. Edmo 63, Velma Arriwite 52, David Archuleta 46, Claudia Washakie 26, Mathew Broncho 19 and Luke Eagle 6 votes.
Stone said for those who don’t know who he is, his great grandmother was a Kutch and his great grandfather is Charlie Stone. He was off the reservation for a while getting his education attending law school. He came back in 2007 when he passed the Idaho State Bar becoming a licensed attorney. He started working for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Fish and Wildlife Department in 2008 protecting treaty rights. Stone said the biggest thing for him is making sure the treaty stays strong so all have the opportunity to exercise off reservation rights. He added a lot of people took time to campaign and vote and there’s a lot of honorable people out there who put there name in the hat.
Stone said he will be at his desk everyday and if anyone has any questions, he said his door will always be open.
Candidate Dave Archuleta was also present at the election returns and said he appreciated all the votes he received adding it would be “pretty good” to have an attorney on the council.
A total of 636 tribal voters cast ballots out of 1,411 registered voters or 45 percent.