ISU President Kevin Satterlee and FHBC Chairman Nathan Small sign the MOA.
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Idaho State University (ISU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Tuesday, April 9 as a promise to work together to enhance education and training opportunities for tribal members.
In a press release from the Tribe’s Public Affairs it reads, “The MOA will provide the framework for formal government to government meetings between ISU and the Tribes and establishes a new Tribal/University Advisory Board (TUAB) to oversee the Strategic Proprieties that will implement the terms of the MOA. The Advisory Board will be comprised of four representatives from the Tribes and four representatives from ISU, along with two Shoshone-Bannock tribal members ISU students. Their first meeting will occur within one month after signing the of the MOA.”
Tribal representatives appointed were Chad Colter, Sunny Stone, Denell Broncho and Shoshawna Covington. Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Nathan Small said the individuals have their degrees already and they will look out for the best interest of their department and for the Tribes.
The MOA will also clearly identify the process for internal and external communications, and agrees to work cooperatively to address campus-wide diversity initiatives to educate on cultural awareness, increase representatives of Native Americans in faculty, staff and administrators. Both parties will strive for creating an open and honest disclosure on culture, race and Native American current issues.
FHBC Chairman Nathan Small speaks at the MOA signing.
ISU President Kevin Satterlee acknowledged his staff for working hard on the effort. He thanked Chairman Small, the Fort Hall Business Council, those in attendance and tribal members. He wanted to honor the ancient and original tribal lands of the Shoshone-Bannock people, upon which ISU resides. The ISU campus is located within the original Fort Hall Indian Reservation boundaries on lands ceded in the 1888 Cessation Act. Later in the meeting, Chairman Small said there are still two tribal lots within the university campus, once sits under the ISU Holt Arena and the other is in located around the Red Hill area.
“The location of Idaho State University places a responsibility on the university to ensure that our educational mission extends fully to all tribal members. I’m here today to honor and live up to that responsibility,” he said. “For I truly believe that the mission of Idaho State University to provide education is a great way to show honor to those lands.”
Satterlee said it was his sincere goal and hope that today they set forth an agreement and a relationship where they will soon see more and more Shoshone-Bannock tribal members attending ISU.
He said the signing represents a celebration of what they have in the future, a new beginning.
“A beginning of a working relationship we can all be proud of. This will be an era of trying to make our community better, of trying to better educate our community,” Satterlee said, later adding this effort is fulfilling a promise he made before he had his position.
Chairman Small said the MOA is something they’ve been looking forward to for quite sometime. They had one in the past, although it wasn’t as effective as they thought it would be. He feels with the new one and the work put in there will be a lot more communication.
FHBC Vice Chairman Ladd Edmo said, education should be the equalizer and the Tribes seek to establish and maintain long relationships and collaborate, communicate and coordinate and work cooperatively to advance our mutual interest to enhancing developing the education of the members.
FHBC Secretary Donna Thompson said she was looking forward to this MOA and had upcoming grand children she hopes choose to attend ISU. She recognized the efforts of all those who worked on the project, including Yvette Tuell, Randy’L Teton and Jessica James.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes gifted Satterlee with a beaded pen and beaded bracelet.