Keynote speaker Sequoia Dance talks to graduates at the June 19 ceremony.
By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL — The Shoshone Bannock Tribes Reservation Wide Graduation took place on Wednesday, June 19 at the Shoshone Bannock Casino and Hotel.
TYEP Manager Jessica James gave the welcome and started the ceremony. Tribal member Elder Bob Pevo gave the prayer.
477 Human Services Director Lori Pahvitse also said a welcome, and reminded the graduates of the scholarships her program offers. She also thanked Jessica and her staff that made the ceremony happen.
Miss Sho-Ban Jennie Whitehorse thanked James for inviting her to speak and also congratulated the graduates for 2019, She said it is the first of many good things. She hopes graduating high school is one of the many goals that the students may achieve. She hopes they all continue on to higher education, but also she understands if they are thinking about taking a break before moving on. Whitehorse reminded the students if they are worried about the financial side of education, there are many resources they can utilize within the Tribes. She reminded all to talk to the people who have previously obtained their degrees and the experience it took to get there. Talk to the departments about scholarships that can help with your journey in school.
Miss Northwest Indian Youth Conference Mikee Moore welcomed all and said she is currently attending high school in Oklahoma. She is representing Idaho, Washington, Nevada, and Alaska. She represents youth leadership and she strongly supports education. She said her age group is the next generation of leaders, and now are all role models. She finished by congratulating the graduates and advised them all to keep moving forward and travel home safe.
Fort Hall Business Chairman Ladd Edmo also congratulated all and said it’s a job well done. He said a lot of us have had our struggles and if you continue on this path you are setting yourself up for success and financial security. Those are important and along with it comes dedication. He hopes they all stay on the path and wishes them well and good luck.
Keynote speaker Sequoia Dance who received her MA Sociology degree from ASU said when she was writing her keynote address, she struggled with what was good enough to tell the graduates. She said thank you to those who supported the graduates as well as the graduates, she would not have got through school without her support. She advised all the graduates that you have overcome something that is very difficult. “The education system has been set up in a way that many have to work a little harder and sometimes in a classroom many will be the only native person and this can be very scary. But we have all overcome these obstacles.”
After the keynote address Seqouia was presented with her certificate and also a Pendleton blanket draped around her by Chairman Ladd Edmo.
A special honoring was supposed to be given to Drusilla Gould of Idaho State University, but she was not present.
The celebration with the presentation of awards. They all received certificates. It started with General Education Diploma Graduates, then high school graduates, Idaho Youth Challenge Academy, college graduates and training certificates.
For the remainder of the evening, refreshments were given out along with cake and many were encouraged to enjoy the evening with their graduates.