FORT HALL — We (Erick King and Randy’L Teton) want to thank everyone in the Fort Hall community for wearing a facemask and continuing to adhere to the Tribes safety precautions. We have seen weekly positive cases in our community and would like to remind everyone to wear a facemask, social distance yourself in public, wash your hands and sanitize your workplace and home (including your cell phone, laptop, iPad, etc.).
Every week the Tribes Incident Commander meets with the Incident Management Team (IMT) and Fort Hall Business Council to discuss the current COVID19 situation.
The Incident Commander is Eric King and works directly with the Tribes Office of Emergency Management staff, Executive Director, and Health officials from I.H.S, HRSA and Tribal Health to assure resources and tasks are coordinated and effectively implemented during this pandemic.
Every week the Fort Hall COVID19 Chart is updated and will reflect the positive/monitored cases, the recovered cases (those that are no longer testing positive), any deaths related to COVID19 and the total of Native Americans that have had COVID19. The current chart shown here is updated as of July 21 and posted on the Tribes official Facebook page.
Just this week, Tribal Health hired four new staff to assist with contract tracing to assist with the increase of cases in our community. We will cover the important role Contract Tracers play in protecting our community in this Friday’s Facebook Live update at noon on the Tribes Facebook page (Shoshone-Bannock Tribes). We will also have I.H.S health official provide information on positive cases, recovered cases and testing using CDC Time Base.
We are working on a new social media campaign and are seeking Shoshone-Bannock Tribal members for a PSA (public service announcement) and a poster campaign called, “Mask Up Sho-Ban Style.” I am seeking six (6) Shoshone-Bannock Tribal members to model for this culturally relevant Tribal PSA, see details:
One male/ one female model, 60 years & older. Males must wear a beaded vest, regalia or ribbon shirt and facemask; females must wear a ribbon dress or regalia of choice and facemask.
One male toddler (ages 4-8 years old) with long hair with traditional regalia wearing a face mask
One male singer w/ long hair (braids) with a hand drum wearing ribbon shirt or beaded vest wearing a facemask
One young mother with long hair with baby in cradleboard wearing a face mask.
One male or female Indian Relay rider on horse wearing a facemask
If you are interested, please contact Randy’L at 208-589-8595. Deadline is Sunday, July 26 by 5 p.m. Mountain time. Based on available budget, we may be able to pay a modeling fee.
Please tune in the Tribes Facebook Live feed and Fort Hall COVID-19 Community Group Facebook page to get more COVID-19 updates directly from our Incident Commander, leadership and Tribal Health officials. The next Facebook Live Update is this Friday, July 24 at noon (mountain time). Stay safe and please mask up newenne!