By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
BOISE — The Eagle Rock Park and Chief Eagle Eye Reserve Dedication was the highlight of the ninth annual Return of the Boise Valley People event and took place on Friday, June 14.
The Return of the Boise Valley People event is a yearly gathering of the original Boise Valley Tribes, including the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Burns Paiute and Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone. The event creates opportunity for tribes to gather, learn from one another, share stories, songs, and educate. It also recognizes the past history while committing to bettering relationships through education and understanding with the city of Boise. (cont.)
FORT HALL — Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel CEO Pamela Guzman said employees have been “taking it back, old school” for the past few days.
Because of a network issue, redemptions have been paid manually from gaming employees. She said while all gaming machines function independently from the casino operating systems, the payout system does not. As a result all winnings required an attend to manually create a redemption ticket. (cont.)
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
BOISE — Every year traditionally prepared foods are served during the feasts at the annual Return of the Boise Valley People (ROBVP) event on Saturday at Gowen Field.
Roasted ground hog (gedu/yaha)
The prepping for lunch starts early in the morning with a fire pit used to slow roast ground hog.
Andrew Hall has been cooking and preparing them for 16 years. This was the first year he and his brother Brad were in charge of cooking the ground hogs by themselves. (cont.)
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — Diane Teeman, Burns Paiute Culture and Heritage Director, believes it’s important to tell the story of the historic trail used to march tribal people who were prisoners of war from Fort Harney in Oregon to Fort Simcoe in Washington in January 1879 after the 1878 Bannock War.
The “Walk of Sorrow” is the title of the collaborative project and she is hoping to work with all of the tribal communities that descended from it. Many of the original Boise Valley tribes ended up imprisoned in either Fort Boise, Fort Simcoe or Fort Vancouver. (cont.)
By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL — During a recent meeting at Teton High School in Driggs regarding keeping the school’s Redskin mascot, Jessica James and Dr. La Nada War jack, were among a group who attended to listen.
James was invited from the office of Public Affairs and she attended as a tribal member after work. She was highly encouraged to bring her mother along, Dr. La Nada War jack and they all knew it was a long trip to the school. When they arrived they found out about a group who was in support of keeping the school’s mascot the Teton Redskins, she thought it would be interesting to see what they had to say. (cont.)