FHBC from left, Secretary Marcus Coby, Vice Chairman Darrell Shay, Chairman Nathan Small, Sergeant At Arms Ladd Edmo, Council Member Lee Juan Tyler and Treasurer Tino Batt.
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – Fort Hall Bureau of Indian Affairs Superintendent Randy Thompson swore into office four Fort Hall Business Council members Marcus Coby, Ladd Edmo, Nathan Small and Lee Juan Tyler Tuesday, June 13.
Tribal elder Dennis Phelps offered a prayer for the newly elected council and outgoing council members Edison Darrell Dixey and Donna Bollinger for their term of service.
The Spring Creek drum group sang as Gifferd Osborne and Marci Dawes Flores posted the colors.
Gifferd Osborne and Marci Dawes Flores bring in the eagle staff and U.S. flag.
Nathan Small and Darrell Shay were nominated by their council peers to hold the Chairman seat. Through secret ballot Nathan Small was determined the new chairman with four votes. Small will represent the Gibson District.
Other officers are as follows: Darrell Shay, vice chairman, will represent Fort Hall District; Tino Batt, treasurer, will represent Gibson District; Marcus Coby, secretary, will represent Fort Hall District; Ladd Edmo, sergeant at arms, will represent Bannock Creek; Council member Lee Juan Tyler will represent Lincoln Creek.
The representative for the Ross Fork District will be assigned to the new council member determined in the Friday, June 16 special election. That nominee will be sworn in on June 20. They will also designate department liaisons and delegates for various organizations at the same time.
Small encouraged all tribal members to get out and vote. He formerly served on council and said he felt really honored to be voted in as Chairman as it’s a very high position.
“You have to be there for not only the rest of the business council, but be their voice and be the voice of the people. It’s an important position.
After the ceremony, families and friends congratulated the officials and KPVI Channel 6 News interviewed new councilmen Small and Edmo.
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Special Election is Friday, June 16 when registered tribal member voters will cast ballots for one candidate for a one-year term on the Fort Hall Business Council.
Candidates include David Jon Archuleta; Velma J. Arriwite; Devon Dwayne Boyer; Matthew Jay Broncho; Luke Eagle; Wesley R. Edmo; Daniel Larry Stone; Claudia Janese Washakie and Gary F. Watson.
Polling hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the five reservation districts: Bannock Creek Community Center in Bannock Creek; Lincoln Creek Community Center in Lincoln Creek; Buffalo Lodge in Fort Hall; Eagle Lodge in Gibson District; and Putnam Lodge in the Ross Fork District.
There are no tribal attorneys on the ballot despite tribal members voting twice at Annual Meetings to have them voted on. The FHBC is reportedly going to address after the June 16 election.
There are a total of 1,402 registered voters.