From TRIBAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS
MOSCOW — Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Vice Chairman Ladd Edmo attended the University of Idaho’s Presidential meeting with American Indian Tribes on October 8 in Moscow.
The University of Idaho (UI) has an active Memorandum of Understanding with ten tribes in the northwest, including the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and holds a bi-annual meeting with Tribal leaders and the President of UI, to discuss strategies to improve the quality of higher education services and to develop new opportunities for tribal members. The seven tribes who attended included the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Nez Perce Tribe, Kootenai Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, and the Kalispel Tribe. (cont.)
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — Participants in Saturday’s, October 13 Bow and Arrow Making Class started their projects.
During the class, taught under the instruction of Ernest Wahtomy, they learned how to straighten their sticks that would be used for arrows. They did this by using their hands to create body heat to bend the wood to their liking. They selected their flint that would be used for the arrow tips. They made thread with sinew from deer back straps by carefully peeling strips into thin pieces. Some took the time to carve out their bow staff. They also cut a buffalo hide that would be used to make a quiver that would be used to hold their arrows.
The making of the bow and arrows is a lengthy process, but Wahtomy said now they have modern tools to make things go faster. (cont.)
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — The Columbia Basin Fish Accords have been extended for up to four more years with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the states of Idaho and Montana, and Corps of Reclamation.
The agreement means states, tribes, and federal agencies will continue working side by side for the good of endangered salmon and steelhead. (cont.)
BOISE (AP) — A ballot initiative seeking to legalize historical horse racing devices that opponents say are the equivalent of illegal slot machines is drawing the most money leading up to Idaho's November election.
Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday with the secretary of state's office show the Committee to Save Idaho Horse Racing in support of Proposition 1 raised about $2 million since the May primary.
All of the money came from Treasure Valley Racing, a group that operates horse racing track Les Boise Park in Garden City. They have spent about $1.45 million and have about $650,000 left. (cont.)
BOISE (AP) — Idaho's gubernatorial candidates struck starkly different tones on topics ranging from transparency to health care and education during a live televised debate Monday evening.
Brad Little, a longtime Republican lawmaker who has served as lieutenant governor since 2009, faced Democrat Paulette Jordan, a former state lawmaker and member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council. Both are vying to replace Gov. C.L. “Butch'' Otter, a republican who has served three consecutive four-year terms in Idaho's top elected post.
The Idaho Public Television debate started with a lively exchange on transparency. Jordan refused to answer a question about a Wyoming business to which she has paid $20,000 in campaign expenditures just a few days after it was created, but said she's been “above ground'' on all campaign finance issues. (cont.)
From RANDY’L TETON
Tribal Public Affairs
BOISE — Friday, October 12, the Idaho State Museum in Boise celebrated with the five Tribes of Idaho for the re-grand opening/ribbon cutting of the new Origins Gallery that recognizes the first peoples of Idaho.
It started with a flag raising by the Idaho National Guard followed by flag songs by the Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, and Coeur d’Alene Tribes. Event dignitaries included official representatives from the Idaho State Historical Society Board of Trustees, the five tribe’s leaders, state legislators, and Idaho Governor Butch Otter and Lt. Governor Brad Little. (cont.)
BOISE (AP) — Officials say the renovated Idaho State Museum had more than 1,000 visitors for its grand re-opening last weekend.
Idaho State Historical Society Executive Director Janet Gallimore said in a prepared statement on Monday that it was gratifying to see so many people take advantage of the educational resource that is the museum.
The museum underwent a $17 million renovation, adding roughly 18,000 square feet to the Boise building that was originally built in the 1950s. (cont.)