Ontaria Arrow White will take on the role of Miss Shoshone-Bannock.
FORT HALL —Stormie Perdash has resigned her title of Miss Shoshone-Bannock 2019-2020 and the Shoshone-Bannock Royalty Committee accepted it January 4.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Shoshone-Bannock Festival was cancelled so the committee asked all title holders including Miss Shoshone-Bannock to retain their titles until 2021.
The Royalty Committee and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes thanked Perdash for her service and wished her good luck in her future endeavors.
Former Miss Sho-Ban Stormie Perdash.
The Royalty Committee asked first attendant Ontaria Arrow White to step up to accept the title and she has.
Ontaria is 20 years old and resides in the Fort Hall District. She said she is excited to carry on the title of Miss Shoshone-Bannock. She is the daughter of December Arrow White and the granddaughter of Sandra and Clinton Plentywounds. She has two siblings Clover and Zids Arrow White.
Ontaria is a student at Idaho State University working on general courses with plans to go into the Nutrition program.
Bannock Burger sign.
By DANA HERNANDEZ
FORT HALL — Tribal member Patazikivaa Perry says during COVID-19 he had to improvise and stay busy in order for his businesses to stay open.
He owns and operates The Hide Shack and Bannock Burger — businesses that both serve people, especially Native people.
The Hide Shack is a business that makes and sells elk and deer hides that are either white or tanned. Sellers come from all over the U.S. and Canada to purchase hides from Perry’s website at hideshackman.com and since COVID-19 he has noticed that people who previously didn’t purchased hides from him are now buying.
Perry believes it’s because people are staying home and having more time on their hands. “Making hides for people helps them stay home, so I now do hides throughout the year instead of doing them during October-April,” he said.
He tries to keep his prices down because Perry said people need hides and that by keeping his price down it helps the beader to be able to provide for their own.
“My father taught me how to do hides and it is a lost art because people don’t want to teach anybody how to do it themselves,” said Perry.
Perry’s second business, Bannock Burger is well known throughout Indian Country as the powwow stand that serves Indian tacos in pizza boxes because of how big they are and also their famous burgers. Perry said the last powwow they were able to attend was last September in Ignacio, Colo.
Since the pandemic, Perry said he was unable to book powwows and events, so he decided to continue the Bannock Burger as an online ordering service for the community. “It keeps them safe, especially those who have to stay home and quarantine or are elderly,” said Perry. There is also a pay-it-forward option when ordering online at bannock-burger.com where people can donate $10 that will go someone in need of a meal. For every $10 donated, the donor will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing to win either a large smoked elk hide, $100 gift card to Shakota Supplies, $100 gift card at Indigenous Supplies, order of 12 large cinnamon rolls or a $100 bill. The donor can enter their own name on their raffle ticket or choose someone else for their ticket.
Bannock Burger is open Monday to Saturday. Orders need to be placed online at least 30 minutes before the delivery times: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. They accept cards, Venmo, PayPal, Square, and can do cash if needed. The $5 delivery fee is being waived for the month of January, orders can also be picked up in Bannock Creek at 1720 Falcon Circle South Pocatello, 83204, please text or call (208) 244-8583 for pick-ups. All pick-ups require notification of when the order will be picked up and for drivers to stay in their vehicle when arriving.