By DANA HERNANDEZ
FORT HALL — Kendra Edmo Martinez is a retired U.S. Navy veteran of the AM3 (aircraft structural mechanic, class 3) and served from 2009 to 2013.
She is the daughter of Whipple Edmo and Kimberly Allen Rice. Her paternal grandparents are Allen “Swede” Edmo and Joette Hutchinson, and her maternal grandparents are Charles Allen and Joan Breed.
“I went into the aircraft structural mechanic because that was what I was set on doing” said Edmo-Martinez.
Aircraft structural mechanics are in charge of the major repairs and the maintenance of aircrafts. They are trained to refuel, upkeep the landing gear and even to fix broken wings of an aircraft.
Edmo-Martinez was on shore duty command and was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida during her service. She now enjoys spending her downtime doing art, she said, “I never had time for that type of stuff or for myself.”
She is currently working towards a degree while being a stay at home mother. She has three children: Joanna, Miki, and Isaac Martinez. She has been married for 10 years to Gabriel Martinez, who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy- AM1 and stationed in Oklahoma City.
Edmo-Martinez said, “I am glad to be home and close to the community that I grew up in. I am happy that my children get to be part of their heritage and to know where they come from.”
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Language and Culture Department has scheduled the following activities for National Native American Heritage Month.
November 9: 9 a.m. to noon: Wellness Forum Tribal History discussion - Sho-Ban School.
November 16: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Willow Class – Eagle Lodge.
Every Monday November 11, 18 and 25: Medallion and Necklace day – Godoko Davai or Kaki Tavai.
Tuesday, November 12: Tuivichi Davai – Men wear your finest Indian clothes.
Tuesday. November 19: Naivichi Davai – Women wear your finest Indian clothes.
Tuesday, November 26: Open House at Language and Culture Department and Navana’a Davai.
Every Wednesday: Scarf, Wing Dress or Ribbon Shirts – Wevaha, Newe kwasse Davai.
Thursday, November 14: Tribal T Shirt Davai – Cultural or Tribal Event T shirts.
Thursday, November 21: Braided hair or Fur Day – Panzugu wetawa’a or Patsugu wetama’a.
FORT HALL — Jacob Schmidt was arrested November 4 in Arbon Valley and is facing charges for Illegal Possession of Property and Theft in Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Court.
Fort Hall Police Captain Mark Massey said FHPD Dispatch received a call from residence in Arbon Valley of a male individual attempting to get into a truck and then attempting to take a trailer with a snowmobile on it. While a tribal police officer was enroute, the reporting party advised dispatch the suspect left and drove south on Arbon Valley Road in a white pickup truck.
FHPD received a call from a second homeowner in Arbon Valley reporting a male individual outside looking in vehicles on their property. FHPD Officers searched the Bannock Creek District for the suspect, but was unable to locate him. About two hours later Power County advised they were in pursuit of a stolen truck matching the description of the white truck from the earlier calls.
When the tribal officer arrived on scene, the driver and only occupant of the stolen truck, was identified as Schmidt. He had been tased by a Power County officer and sitting on the side of the road. Officers recovered a chainsaw from the bed of the stolen truck, which belonged to the original reporting caller.
On November 1, the FHPD responded to a report of an individual laying on the side of the road near the cellars in the area of Ross Ford Road and Sands Road. FHPD made contact with an adult Native American male who had appeared to have been assaulted. The individual was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and the incident is currently under investigation. Suspects have been identified and interviewed, and the case forwarded to the Tribal Prosecutors Office.
Massey said in the past six weeks, the FHPD has recovered 14 vehicles that were reported stolen from surrounding communities including Chubbuck, Pocatello and Idaho Falls. He said unfortunately people are leaving keys in their vehicle while it’s running that makes it easy for someone to drive off with it.