Miss Shoshone-Bannock Queen contestants.
By SHO-BAN NEWS STAFF
FORT HALL — Seven candidates are in the running for the 2018-2019 Miss Shoshone-Bannock Queen.
Nature R. Ariwite
Nature R. Ariwite is the daughter of Victoria Ariwite.
Her Indian name is Nature, and the interpretation is dummuh-hoit.
Nature is dancing Women’s Northern Traditional. Her beadwork was made by her mother, and her dresses were made by her grandmother.
She will be preparing bone marrow for her traditional dish. It will be boiled and served with boiled bitterroot, Bannock bread and mint tea. “I acquired this skill from Jeris Fred and Nelson Racehorse, as well as my grandmother Patricia Warjack.”
For her traditional talent presentation, she will be demonstrating making a traditional fish basket. “I will demonstrate how to gather the willows, prepare the willows, make the basket and how to use this basket to fish.” She was taught the skill when she was 14 years old by her grandfather Hobby Hevewah.
Nature Ariwite has held two royalty titles – the first Indian Day Princess from 2011 to 2012; the second Miss Blackfoot High School from 2014 to 2015. She was also named first attendant Indian Day Little Princess.
She has participated in 4-H where she received ribbons at the Eastern Idaho State Fair and first place in the Shoshone-Bannock Art Show. She graduated from Blackfoot High School with many academic achievements and awards, and she’s played softball and basketball for over 12 years.
During the past five years, Nature has volunteered at a local nursing home. She has sat and visited with elders, accompanied them to the state fair, and provided cultural entertainment where she showcased her dancing ability.
Her hobbies include painting, dancing, drawing and playing guitar. “I love reading, beadworking and singing,” she said. “I also enjoy camping and salmon spearing, basketball, softball, powwow and handgame.”
Nature is currently employed at the Shoshone-Bannock Early Childhood Program, which has helped her become a role model to the community youth.
“In five years I will be a college graduate with my degree in art from the Miami Art Institution. With my degree, I plan on pursuing a career as an illustrator or and animator for Pixar.”
Nature’s platform for running for Miss Shoshone-Bannock is suicide prevention. She hopes to fundraise for local schools and trainings that benefit mental health programs. “I want to help bring awareness to the Fort Hall community, to teach the youth that it is okay to ask for help.”
Nature attributes her experiences during her freshman year of high school to her growth as a young lady.
“I was bullied, this experience has taught me to stay strong, to stay away from negative thoughts, and to push forward no matter what my barriers are.”
Her message to the youth and community is to rise above negativity. “You can be inspired to rise above the negativity and encourage our tribal youth to never give up. I was always told to love yourself and be who you are because you are unique, and there is never going to be another you, so make your imprint on the world.”
Bree Shavonna Baker
Bree Shavonna Baker, 20, is a candidate for Miss Shoshone-Bannock Queen.
Her Indian name is Wongo Tzi-Tzi, which means Pine Baby. She is the daughter of Berva Baker. Her style of dance is traditional. She made her regalia with the help of her mother. She did the beadwork herself. The designs on her regalia come from her family and consist of floral and geometric styles.
Baker has chosen continuing education, following one’s dreams and being a positive role model as her platform as Miss Shoshone-Bannock.
She encourages people to continue their education where they left off or maybe to consider pursuing higher education. She wants people to follow their dreams by doing anything they can to get one step closer to the end goal. She wants to be a positive role model in the community because when running for Miss Shoshone-Bannock one is applying to be something that is much bigger than them, and are representing a whole tribe and community.
She said, “You should do so in a positive, professional, and friendly manner.”
She credits her education journey from high school to college as an experience that has given her growth. When in high school she participated in many different programs, internships and classes, which helped her and pushed her to work harder, while learning.
During her senior year she completed an internship at Fort Hall Elementary with the Kindergarten class, which was one of the most fun and life changing experiences in her life. “At that moment I realized this is what I want to do with my life, I want to be a teacher. And that was it, I knew this was what I wanted to do and I chose that as my major and pursued it in college,” said Baker.
The summer after she graduated she participated in the University of Idaho's HOIST (Helping Orient Indian Students and Teachers) program. During the program she completed an internship with the Diversity Education Department at Washington State University, where she worked on her own curriculum and guest taught a class teaching that same curriculum.
Attending Fort Lewis College has opened so many doors for her and allowed her to grow and blossom into the young woman she is today. She was given the opportunity to complete an internship with the Durango 9R School District with the English Language Learner (ELL) students, where she worked with bilingual students ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. She was also selected to participate in two internships with the Disney College Program, Spring 2017 at the Walt Disney World College Program in Orlando, Florida and Spring 2018 at the Disneyland College Program in Anaheim, California.
“When I return to Fort Lewis College I will continue my studies in Elementary Education pushing me closer to my degree and I hope to add a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies to the very same degree. I have learned so much and will continue to learn when I resume my studies. I have always been passionate about pursuing my education and continuing to reach my goals but through many trials I am still here continuing my journey to obtain my education. It is possible with enough handwork and enough self- motivation,” said Baker.
Her message to youth is to never give up!
“Never give up on your dreams, never give up on your education, never give up on your family/ friends, and most importantly never give up on yourself. Despite what life throws at us, we cannot give up. Sometimes it might seem like the world is crumbling down but we have to remember it's not and we have to keep going. Because we have people out there who can and are willing to help, there are so many resources out there that we can take advantage of, and we have people out there who love us. No matter what the problem is please continue to move forward and keep going, never giving up,” said Baker.
Her accomplishments include: 2014 and 2015 University of Idaho HOIST participant, Intern at Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) in Moscow, Idaho in 2014, Fort Hall Elementary Kindergarten classroom Intern, 2015 Washington D.C. Close Up Participant, 2015 Bingham Mayor Scholarship Recipient, 2015 Senior Class Vice- President, Intern in the Diversity Education Department at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 2015, Therapeutic Riding Program Volunteer at Medicine Horse Center in Durango, Colorado, English Language Learner Classroom Intern at Needham Elementary in Durango, Colorado in 2016, Disney World College Program Internship Spring 2017 in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland College Program Internship Spring 2018 in Anaheim, California.
She participated in cheerleading, volleyball, and basketball during her senior year of high school.
She recently started taking Bannock and Shoshone language classes on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with the Language and Culture Department. She recently moved back to the reservation and would like to be more involved with the community.
Her educational goals within the next five years are returning to Fort Lewis College to obtain a degree in Elementary Education and minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies.
She plans on partaking in as many internships as I can which include interning within the local schools as she works towards her degree and plans to do another internship with the Walt Disney Company.
One day she plans on returning to school and obtaining a master's degree in the educational field. Her end goal is to eventually move back to the reservation and become an elementary teacher at one of the local schools on the reservation.
The traditional dish she will prepare is oven bread and chokecherry pudding, which she learned to make from her mom and auntie.
Her traditional talent will be playing a Native American flute; she has been playing for ten years. She learned when going to Lillian Vallely School and made her own flute when she went to Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School.
Dana Faith Neaman
Dana Faith Neaman, 19, is the daughter of Leo Neaman Sr. and the late Barbara Neaman.
Dana will dance traditional. For her traditional dish, she will be making salmon with potatoes and oven bread (Bannock bread).
For her traditional talent presentation she will be making a spear pole and discussing the importance of the spear pole.
“I learned to make a spear pole from my grandpa. One spear pole has so much meaning. Our treaty gives us hunting and fishing rights. We give thanks to our Creator for blessing us with plants and animals for medicine and food.”
She will also sing a song for her talent presentation.
Dana played on high school varsity for three years in basketball and volleyball for American Falls. She was also the Indian Club president for two years. “In high school I volunteered to host a basketball tournament. I donated the money to the Elderly Nutrition Program.” She also helps Sundancers during the Sundance, and she volunteers to clean the Bannock Creek Community Center.
Her hobbies include basketball, volleyball, hunting, fishing, hiking and adventuring.
Dana hopes to get her CNA and finish college to become a nurse, then a doctor so she can help her Native people.
Dana’s platform for running for Miss Shoshone-Bannock is health. “To keep the body healthy and pure. A healthy mind is a healthy family and healthier you. Our people need to treat the body healthier so we can see the next generation, and to teach the young people the ways of our lifestyle.”
She attributes her time working as a toddler teacher to her growth as a young lady. “The experience that made me grow as a young lady of our tribe was working as a toddler teacher for the Early Childhood Program. The little ones were hungry to learn and copy adults. We can use that to teach them our language and culture, and to keep pushing them to become the next generation.”
Her message to the youth is to pursue education. “My message to the youth is to continue to further your education. When you work hard in silence, then your success will make noise. What you allow in your life is what will continue. That one thing should be your education and traditional ways. The only limits in life are the ones you make. Your mind is a powerful tool. Be the one to stand tall and make a difference. Take pride in yourself and your people.”
Sequoia Pahvitse-Auck, 24, is a contestant for Miss Shoshone-Bannock Queen.
Her Indian name is Ta-Tazeyump and the English meaning is Morning Star.
Her platform she selected for Miss Shoshone-Bannock is Mental Health Wellness. She intends to help her people achieve and maintain positive mental health.
Some of her experience that attributed to her growth she was raised to believe in Dumma Appa, our creator and to live her life in a good way, also to pray and respect all things. She has learned many traditional practices, plant medicines, songs and prayers from her family and people she has grown up around.
A message she would like to say to youth is that people care. “I care, and that there is always hope” Sequoia said and they have to see and believe they are not alone.
Some of her achievements back in 2015 she got selected second attendant and Miss Congeniality for Miss Shoshone-Bannock. She’s also received other certificates for completing Allied Health occupations, first place beadwork in 2013 at the Heard Museum Guild American Indian Art Show and certifications from 477 workforce training.
Community involvement includes setting up booths at events and volunteering at the tribal library.
Her hobbies are walking, hiking, reading, volunteering, family barbecues, traveling, cooking and baking, trying new things, experiencing different cultures and writing.
Sequoia plans on continuing her education at Idaho State University and becoming more involved in an academic and community setting.
Auck is a traditional dancer and her grandmother made her dress. The accessories were made by her mother and family. Her traditional dish is ash bread, tea and buffalo.
Her traditional talent is traditional self-care that is a lifelong learning experience process she learned from family, elders and people who practice the skills. An elder taught her how to relieve migraines through prayer and released blood from her head. She will be speaking on other forms of self-care taught by ancestors who passed their knowledge down through generations.
Anissa Caye Pine
Anissa Caye Pine, 23, is the daughter of Terri L. Evening and Raymond M. Pine.
Her Indian name is Wongovichi, which means Lone Pine.
The platform she has chosen to promote is leading a healthy lifestyle and to have a positive personal image.
An experience she attributes to her growth is growing up.
“I’ve seen people go without things I’ve had and that has taught me to always give, be humble and not to judge. I want to build with my tribes and make our reservation a better place,” she said.
Her message to youth, “In everything you do, chose a path that is right for you and put your best foot forward. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, because your belief comes from you and not them.”
Throughout elementary and junior high she received many academic certificates and achievements. In high school she played junior varsity volleyball. She was president of the Native Club and took dual college courses. She also has experience in working for the yearbook and doing graphic design.
Pine is involved with the community by volunteering with district activities during holiday festivities and community powwows.
Her hobbies include reading, gardening, playing chess, baking and exercise.
She plans to continue her college education and finish her general studies. She is still deciding her major, but would like to join the National Guard.
Pine is a traditional dancer and her regalia was made by her family members.
Her traditional dish presentation will be cooked rabbit and chokecherry pudding. She learned to make this dish by a friend of the family.
Her traditional talent will be storytelling, which will include background music/visuals and props. She learned this talent growing up and from her parents.
Jennie Whitehorse, 22, is the daughter of Margie Jackson Whitehorse and Walker Whitehorse of Bannock Creek. Her Shoshone name is “Oyose yanni sewaka” or always smiling.
In May she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous Liberal Studies and a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship from the Institute of Indian Arts in Santa Fe. N.M. She was head lady dancer at the 2017 IAIA spring powwow. Last summer she taught children the Shoshone language at the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Culture and Language Department. She also assisted with the Bannock Gathering and the Shoshonean Reunion.
Jennie decided to take a year off before pursuing a Master’s degree in Indian law. She wants to work with the Tribes to acknowledge the support in her educational journey.
Her hobbies include beading, making regalia, painting and drawing.
Her platform is to get community members involved in our Newe culture through helping them understand the program and workshop the Tribes offers. “It is by raising awareness of the beauties and issue our Tribes hold and face which let community members know what make up our tribe,” she said.
Jennie said there is multiple tribal department and resources that aid to help community members. An experience that has attributed to her growth personally is workshops and classes held at the Language and Culture Department. “The people there have taught me so many cultural knowledge from learning more Newe daigwa (Shoshone language), oral traditional stories to making cloth ribbon dresses, which symbolizes our tribe.”
Her message to youth is there is always a person and resource in our community who available to you and want to see you grow whether those goals and objectives are culturally and/or academically involved.
The traditional dish she is preparing if chokecherry pudding and deer meat to make dah-oh (dried meat).
Her traditional talent presentation is storytelling based on a tribal story about the wooda (bear) and the sogode (deer). She learned the story from her grandmother who told it to her children when they were young.
Kaitlin A. Yellowhorse
Kaitlin A. Yellowhorse, 20, is the daughter of Joe and Beth Mendez.
Her platform is education and she plans on being involved as much as she can with local schools around the area. She would like to travel to powwows at schools, through this she plans on knowing her options for the future.
Her talent is hand drum making and she will be showing the material needed and how to make hand drums. Kaitlin dances fancy shawl. Zella Tinno, Raquel Afraidofbear and Velma Wahtomy made her outfit. Her traditional dish is berry pudding, currants, which are picked from the local areas of Fort Hall. She will also be making Indian tea, Navajo style. She will show the method of preparation as well as how the skill was acquired.
For the past year, she has been working at the Shoshone Bannock Hotel and Event Center and assists with any events when needed. She also helped by painting faces during the car show.
Her hobbies are art, reading, listening to music, playing pool, running, learning to play new instruments (she currently plays guitar, and piano), cooking and cleaning.
An experience she attributes to her growth as a young lady, is leaving her family to attend boarding school. She says being the oldest of her siblings she was afraid to be on her own and how she worried about being by herself. She did go and she got to know different people who have become like family to her.
She explored her options to help her further her knowledge. Going away and taking care of herself was one of the best decisions she made as she learned independence, courage, self-direction, motivation, and responsibility.
Some special achievements and honors she has held are she graduated from Sherman Indian High School with a 4.0 GPA. She painted a mural while attending SIHS, she is soon to be a published illustrator, as well as being a cheerleader for the high school. She was a treasurer for the SIHS Tribal council and also received a scholarship for traditional involvement. She competed at various powwows in California and won first and second place.
Her education goal for the next five years is she is planning on retaking her SAT’s and ACT’s for college. She would love to study and major in art. With a degree in Fine arts, she would like to be seen and taken seriously as a true artist. She believes any feeling and movement can be felt from the eyes to the heart.
Her message to the youth would be “give your all in education and knowledge.” These are two of many ways that will get you further in life. She knows most youth don’t like school but there is many ways to make it fun.
Trevor Beasley riding a horse during the opening ceremony.
By LACEY WHELAN
IDAHO FALLS — August 3 was the “tough enough to wear pink” night at the War Bonnet Round up, Idaho’s oldest rodeo where Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Nathan Small presented the Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper with a gift from the Shoshone Bannock Tribes.
The rodeo began with the war bonnet junior posse, followed by introduction of the officials, the grand sponsors flag entrance, war bonnet royalty, American Legion tribute and flag dedication, as well as flyover presented by the Idaho Falls Air Show.
Following the introductions, the drum group Medicine Thunder, performed and various dancers, danced in front of the crowd. In the arena there were many dressed up in their regalia riding horses.
FHBC Chairman Nathan Small presents Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper with a gift on
behalf of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
Immediately following the opening events, the wild horse race began. The wild horse race consists of a team of three people trying to catch and ride the wild horse. The team uses a shank, halter, and saddle. Once they get the horse secured they must ride and stay on the horse until they cross the pre-designated finish line. The finish is approximately 30-35 feet long.
Sons of Linda Rodriguez, Drayden Beau Johnson and Ezekial Dancing Thunder Broncho participated in the mutton busting event and Drayden came out with a third place trophy and buckle. His younger brother hung on, but was unable to stay on until the clock timed out. Ezekial still walked away with a belt buckle and a smile.
The rodeo immediately began with mini bull riding, then steer wrestling. Next event was saddle bronc riding, team roping, and the featured event bareback riding. A few of the last events were tie down roping, women’s barrel racing, and bull riding. To end the night was the second wild horse race.