Jackson tech staff meeting on October 25.
By YVETTE TUELL
Tribal Public Affairs
JACKSON, Wyo. — Shoshone-Bannock Tribal (SBT) staff met with Eastern Shoshone Tribal representatives in Jackson Wyoming, on October 25, to discuss wildlife management and with Fish and Game enforcement for off reservation hunting under the 1868 Fort Bridger Treaty.
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes share the July 3, 1868 Fort Bridger Treaty, and the Eastern Shoshone are seeking to develop tribal laws to govern off-reservation hunting for their membership. The newly developed Eastern Shoshone three-member Off Reservation Hunting Committee is comprised of Michial Garvin, Edgar Jorgenson and Council member Gus Thayer, all attended the meeting.
Chad Colter provided information on the current SBT Fish & Wildlife programs, co-management, partnerships and funding sources. Dan Stone followed with a presentation on developing Tribal regulatory laws, regulations and wildlife conservation principles, along with a discussion on “unoccupied lands of the United States.” The SBT Fish & Game Director, Bret Haskett, offered practical advice for developing a program for Fish and Game Enforcement, including funding needs, personnel requirements and qualifications, equipment and working with co-manager agencies.
Gus Thayer, Eastern Shoshone Business Council member said, “We thank the Shoshone-Bannocks for assisting us this effort. This meeting was very informative and we appreciate the suggestions and advice provided from the Shoshone-Bannock staff.” Michial Garvin said, “We have much work to do, with our Tribal Courts, Law and Order Code, and building Tribal programs and hiring qualified staff members and most importantly working with our membership.”
Tribal leaders in attendance were Shoshone-Bannock Chairman Ladd Edmo, Eastern Shoshone Business Council members Starr Weed, Jr. and Gus Thayer.