Jackson tech staff meeting on October 25.
By YVETTE TUELL
Tribal Public Affairs
JACKSON, Wyo. — Shoshone-Bannock Tribal (SBT) staff met with Eastern Shoshone Tribal representatives in Jackson Wyoming, on October 25, to discuss wildlife management and with Fish and Game enforcement for off reservation hunting under the 1868 Fort Bridger Treaty.
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes share the July 3, 1868 Fort Bridger Treaty, and the Eastern Shoshone are seeking to develop tribal laws to govern off-reservation hunting for their membership. The newly developed Eastern Shoshone three-member Off Reservation Hunting Committee is comprised of Michial Garvin, Edgar Jorgenson and Council member Gus Thayer, all attended the meeting.
Chad Colter provided information on the current SBT Fish & Wildlife programs, co-management, partnerships and funding sources. Dan Stone followed with a presentation on developing Tribal regulatory laws, regulations and wildlife conservation principles, along with a discussion on “unoccupied lands of the United States.” The SBT Fish & Game Director, Bret Haskett, offered practical advice for developing a program for Fish and Game Enforcement, including funding needs, personnel requirements and qualifications, equipment and working with co-manager agencies.
Gus Thayer, Eastern Shoshone Business Council member said, “We thank the Shoshone-Bannocks for assisting us this effort. This meeting was very informative and we appreciate the suggestions and advice provided from the Shoshone-Bannock staff.” Michial Garvin said, “We have much work to do, with our Tribal Courts, Law and Order Code, and building Tribal programs and hiring qualified staff members and most importantly working with our membership.”
Tribal leaders in attendance were Shoshone-Bannock Chairman Ladd Edmo, Eastern Shoshone Business Council members Starr Weed, Jr. and Gus Thayer.
FORT HALL — Shoshone-Bannock Tribes 35th Gaming Distribution is Monday, December 2 when each eligible enrolled member as of October 23 will receive $1,200 for adults and $600 for minors.
Distribution is at the Tribal Business Center from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. School aged children will not be allowed to pick up checks until 1:30 p.m. After the distribution date, school aged children will be allowed to pick up checks after 1:30 p.m. No exceptions.
Checks for minors need to be cashed by December 31. All minor checks not cashed by that date will be voided and sent to the minors Trust Account.
Please contact the Enrollment office of any address changes, name changes, court orders, or any another information at 208-478-3946. Failure to do so may result in a cancellation of your direct deposit.
Willeena George speaks at the sobriety conference.
By DANA HERNANDEZ
& LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — The 7th Annual Carrying the Message Sobriety Conference was November 1-3 at the Shoshone-Bannock High School gymnasium.
Organizer Willeena George said the event was informational and healing for participants. She said the sweat was really powerful and overall the event ran smoothly. The conference is conducted every year at different locations where tribes want to host it. The first one was in Seattle, Wash.
The three day event featured speakers, talking circles, a sweat lodge ceremony, AA meetings, a social powwow, and served a breakfast, a lunch, and a dinner. On Friday evening co-organizer Paul Frank, Fort Hall Business Council Vice Chairman Kevin Callahan and Willeena shared their stories about becoming sober.
Saturday afternoon Bob Johnson shared his story of sobriety. Willeena said the conference was good for the visitors to come visit Fort Hall and the attendees shared their experiences on Sunday.
Before the sobriety social powwow Saturday night, there was a sobriety countdown where coins were distributed. The emcees for the evening’s events was tribal member Jordan Broncho and FHBC vice chairman Callahan. Broncho began the sobriety countdown with 50 years of sobriety and ended at day one of sobriety. In total, the individuals who wanted to recognize their sobriety had a total of 190 years and one month worth of sobriety. The individuals were then given coins and Broncho said, “It all begins with one day taken at a time.”
After the sobriety count down, a grand entry for the social pow wow began. There were two drum groups Medicine Thunder and Bad Agency. Fort Hall’s Indian Day Queen, Thalia Brunette led the youth dancers into grand entry. The social powwow offered exhibition dancing, a women’s and men’s switch dance, round dance, owl and rabbit dance.
Members of the Adult Drug Court were recognized for their work. They include Russell Waite, Will Edmo, Lunita Cookie Ariwite, Catlin Palmer and Rosemary Surdam. Both George and Frank volunteer with the court.