Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Executive Director Elese Teton.
By TRIBAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS
FORT HALL — The Fort Hall Business Council (FHBC) selected tribal member Elese Teton as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Executive Director.
There were seven tribal members that applied and were interviewed for the position.
Chairman, Nathan Small said, “We are pleased with Elese’s willingness to serve the Tribes. She is taking a position with high responsibilities. We feel she is well qualified to guide our Tribe into the future.”
The Executive Director is the highest-ranking executive office in the Tribal Government. Her primary responsibilities include managing overall operations of the Tribal government’s 60 departments and acting as a main point of communication between the Fort Hall Business Council and Tribal operations.
Elese Teton said, “I am excited and look forward to working with our Tribal employees and promoting a more efficient government for our members and the community, and improving services to our membership.”
She is a lifelong resident of the Fort Hall reservation from the Lincoln Creek District. She has worked for the Tribes for the past 19 years as the Tribal Water Engineer in the Tribal Water Resources Department. Teton obtained her bachelor degree and master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Utah State University and is licensed in the state of Idaho as a Professional Engineer. As the Tribal Water Engineer, she oversaw the Tribal Water Resources Department, which administers and regulates for the development of the Tribes water rights and water quality protection efforts. Under her management, the Tribes ensured protection of their water rights in the Snake River Basin Adjudication proceedings. It entailed working closely with Federal, State and local agencies.
The Executive Office’s mission statement is “through sovereignty and self-determination the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes will provide safety for their Tribal Members. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes will also promote economic development, education, and health to ensure that its Tribal membership receives the highest quality of life while maintaining our traditional customs and beliefs.”