Native American Heritage & Leadership bus wrap design featured in Portland’s TriMet bus service. (Submitted photo)
By ROSELYNN YAZZIE
PORTLAND, Ore. — Three Shoshone-Bannock Tribal members are featured on Portland’s TriMet bus wrap in celebration of Native American Heritage and leadership through August 2022.
The Sho-Ban Leaders include Se-ah-dom Edmo, Ed Edmo and Tawna Sanchez.
According to the Trimet.org website Se-ah-dom Edmo is Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce and Yakama. She is a state-wide and national organizer for racial and social justice. She’s been key in fostering relationships between tribes and social justice organizations. She’s the current Seeding Justice Executive Director, which is an organization dedicated to building collective power at the frontlines of social change by transforming philanthropy in the pursuit of justice.
Ed Edmo, Shoshone-Bannock, is a poet, playwright, performer, traditional storyteller, tour guide and lecturer of Northwest tribal culture. He conducts workshops, performances and lectures on issues such as cultural understanding and awareness, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health. He’s also a consultant for the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.
Tawna Sanchez, Shoshone-Bannock, Ute and Carrizo, is a Portland local who is an activist devoted to the rights of the most vulnerable in the region. She’s currently a State Representative for District 43-North and Northeast Portland. She is a foster parent to 18 children and is an active participant in state policy making through the Family Services Review Commission and the Child Welfare Advisory Committee.
Other featured tribal leaders on the bus wrap are John “Buzz” Nelson, Christine Dupres, SandeBea Allman, Kathryn Harrison, Terry L. Cross, and James Parker.
The TriMet bus wraps also celebrate Black history and leaders; Asian American and Pacific Islander history and leaders; LGBT+ history and leaders and Hispanic heritage and leaders.