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By LORI EDMO-SUPPAH
FORT HALL — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is among the communities participating in the Department of Interior Cobell Buy Back program.
Planning, outreach, mapping, mineral evaluations, appraisals or acquisitions are expected to happen through the middle of 2017 according to the DOI.
The Cobell Settlement provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing sellers at fair market value within a 10-year period.
By ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
FORT HALL — On December 12, employees of the Shoshone-Bannock gathered in Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center for an evening of grandeur and comedy at the Annual Employee Recognition Dinner.
Each year in December, departments and directors are given a chance to recognize employees as well as directors for their service and hard work. Employees were also eligible to be recognized as Volunteer of the Year, and Hero of the Year. .
WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Senate passed H.R. 5050, the 1918 Repeal Act that repeals a Congressional authorization the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Bingham County operate under a Memorandum of Agreement creating the Fort Hall Townsite.
The legislation provides the Tribes the right of refusal to purchase lands in the Townsite at fair market value and directs the Department of Interior to place fee lands in the Townsite acquired by the Tribes or Shoshone-Bannock tribal members back into trust.
A total of 51 percent of the Townsite is owned by tribal members, other Indians and the Tribes with the remaining non-Indian owned.
Approximately 120 acres was taken out of trust in the 1918 Act. The Tribes have sought to restore the lands back into trust over many years with little success.
The Fort Hall Business Council is grateful to Rep. Mike Simpson, (R-Idaho), Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) and respective staff members for their efforts to ensure passage of H.R. 5050.
|Thursday, 18 December, 2014|
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — A historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding occurred December 11 between the Council for Tribal Employment Rights (CTER) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
The signing occurred at the annual National Council for Tribal Employment Rights conference.
The MOU promotes cooperation and a beneficial working relationship between OFCCP and CTER to conduct outreach, education and compliance assistance that promotes the hiring, retention and advancement of Native Americans to protect their employment rights.