Democratic Governor candidate Paulette Jordan stops at the College Market on July 30.
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
POCATELLO — Democratic Governor candidate, Paulette Jordan, made her stop in Pocatello on Monday, July 30 at The College Market.
There was standing room only, but the crowd cheered as Jordan made her entrance. She thanked everyone for their attendance and noted there were more and more Democrats, Republicans and Independents that go to her events. She acknowledged the other candidates in attendance and asked them to step forward so people would know who they were.
Jordan said she was running as an Idahoan, first and she was fighting for dear life to defend Idaho for everything that she is, the environment, public lands and to make sure the children have a future in the state.
Her message was for all Idahoans to have their individual rights protected, to live their life freely and yet still be protected and served.
“For me and my relatives who have lived here for thousands of years that is our way of life. We did not have taxes and debt. We worked hard. We were fiercely independent, we lived off the land for a reason, but we took care of our neighbors, we loved each other and we made sure that when someone was in need we were there to support them,” said Jordan.
Rep. Mark Nye introduces Paulette Jordan.
Jordan encouraged everyone coming together under one message and to do that it needs to come by the people’s vote.
Jordan talked about coming from a place of hardship and hard work. She talked about wanting corporations and how the people’s voices should be at the forefront. She asked why aren’t the people being listened to? Why are the elders being ignored? Why are our children ignored? What happened to our honor? What happened to our country and the integrity of the people? She said this is why she’s here to bring back integrity into the system again.
Jordan said no matter what party people come from everyone wants opportunity and prosperity.
Jordan said she is not a typical progressive.
“I’m a progressive conservative who defends the rights to individualism and supports and protects every single Idahoan for everything we stand for, because we’re all unique and we have to honor that,” said Jordan.
Crowd at the College Market.
She reminded everyone it’s going to come down to how many turn out for the election cycle. She said over one third of Idaho does not turnout to vote.
“This is more than a campaign, this more than a political message, this is a movement. A grassroots movement that is truly revolutionary, making a significant difference for ultimately significant change, and that’s what it’s going to take,” she said.
Jordan said once she gets the governor’s seat everyone has a seat at the table and the State House belongs to the people.
She will make another visit to Pocatello on August 14.
Tribal officials and donors.
Submitted by TRIBAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) received a donation of $25,000 from local residents Dave and Georgiana Jones on July 23.
Vice Chairman Ladd Edmo said, “This kind donation will help provide more opportunity for our membership to become financially stable in our community and to eventually move forward with business entrepreneurship loans.”
Native American CDFI’s are a proven way for tribal communities to build self-sufficiency. The Tribes have been developing this CDFI to provide access to financing and capital for all Shoshone-Bannock tribal members as well as other Native Americans living on the Fort Hall Reservation.
The goal is to build a strong economy and financial self-sufficiency. Initially the CDFI will provide small personal loans for emergencies, help borrowers improve credit, and to consolidate multiple loans from predatory payday lenders. The CDFI also provides financial education and one-on-one financial counseling. The CDFI is under the direction of the Tribal Housing Opportunities Program (THOP) who received a $149,962 grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury to build the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes CDFI program and develop the asset-building programs that will help Tribal members.
“This $25,000 is greatly appreciated and will enable us to begin lending a lot sooner than anticipated. We were pleasantly surprised by the Jones’ generous donation and look forward to getting much needed Capital into the Fort Hall community,” said Shalynn Kellogg, manager of the THOP.
Currently, the Tribes CDFI is raising funds to be able to lend as well as establish policies and procedures to comply with both grant requirements and overall best practices in lending. The program is being tailored to the needs of the Shoshone-Bannock people with an emphasis on respect and fairness.
CDFI Developmental Specialist, Syd Hair, was overwhelmed with gratitude and stated, “This is a game changer and will allow us to move up our start date significantly as we have been working hard to get everything in place to serve the Shoshone-Bannock community.”
Financial education services for tribal members are available immediately and begin in October of 2018.
Tribal members can apply for consolidated and mini-personal loans, they must also fulfill the financial education.
For more information contact Syd Hair or Shalynn Kellogg contact 208-478-3914 or 208-478-3936.