By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
FORT HALL – The Old Hospital site is under construction and will be renovated as new office space for the Fish & Wildlife Department.
Project planning on the 7,090 square foot building began in November 2013. Construction started in May and is set for completion in December. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1 million.
By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
SANTA CLARA, California – The National Native Media Conference was July 10-13 in Santa Clara, California. The theme of this year’s event was Going Tra-Digital, which emphasized the idea of the power in telling traditional and contemporary Native stories on the newest digital platforms.
Three members of the Sho-Ban News staff attended the conference, Editor Lori Edmo-Suppah, Assistant Editor Roselynn Wahtomy and Web/Graphics Specialist Sara Broncho.
This year the staff brought home one Native Media Award from Division 1 in the category of Best Digital Publication. It was the staff’s only submission.
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FORT HALL — New Shoshone-Bannock Festival Coordinator Rose Ann Abrahamson expresses her appreciation for the dedication of the various committees for the 2014 Shoshone Bannock Festival set August 7 to 10, who are all volunteers.
She says that each of the individuals have been working hard to ensure a fabulous event for the people, the Tribes and the visiting public. Abrahamson also commends the Tribal departments, who make up the Public Safety Team, and their efforts to provide services for the participating and visiting public, as well as the Facilities Department who have been preparing the Festival and Rodeo grounds.
She says that various entities are also planning to participate at the onset of the Festival.
In the various meetings with committees, departments, and public suggestions, Abrahamson would like to inform tribal members and the public about the following modifications for the 2014 Shoshone Bannock Festival:
• Parade participants will be judged “during the parade”, not at the start or preparation site.
• Art Show is at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel/Event center, with a kick-off reception, Artist Meet & Greet from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition, bead workers, a special category for beadwork is added. If you any questions contact Emma George at 223-0517.
• Thursday night’s powwow event is dedicated to Veterans/Military in the first half of the gathering, followed by families/children in the second half.
• Family warbonnets are asked to be brought out during each grand entries of the powwow. “It was a traditional practice to honor our families, culture, and to celebrate our gatherings in the past, let’s keep this tradition alive,” she said.
• Detailed agenda for the Powwow will be made available in the Sho-Ban News Festival booklets.
• Special weekend passes will be made available for purchase by the Rodeo Committee.
• Special recognition will be held by the Rodeo Committee for past and present tribal cowboys. Families are asked to give a traditional gift for a special raffle/giveaway and pictures in booklets for recognition of a family cowboy. Call Anna Bowers at 705-2886 for details.
• Saturday, a Chili Cook Off and a Pie Bake Off will be held prior to the Cowboy Chuck wagon. The competition is open to the local public. Show off your cooking skills. All pots of chili and pies must be prepared at home and brought to the Rodeo grounds to be judged.
• Sunday, the Festival Feast will be held in the powwow arbor. Contributions of cooked food are also accepted, for example, chokecherry pudding, contact Annie Marshall.
Signage will be placed in various locations, and the public is asked to adhere to the signs, as they make a more orderly and safe event.
• Because of the increase of public attendance at the Festival, an Emergency Center will be located in the northwest corner of the powwow grounds for public safety, and for your convenience. The Festival Committee will also be located at the same site for a central location.
• Locked vehicles cannot be opened by the FHPD during the Festival.
• Lost children will be announced at the powwow, and if not claimed will be turned into the proper authorities. “We do not have a Child Find site, due to limited staff in this department,” Abrahamson continued.
• Traffic speed will be reduced during the Festival.
• Vehicles blocking campsite roadways will be considered for towing.
• Transportation will provide shuttles for those who do not want to be caught in mass traffic and pedestrians.
Abrahamson said, “Please make our visitors feel welcome and make sure they have enough campsites to stay at. And, if you are willing to set up a shade or tipi for them, it would be appreciated.”
If you are interested in being a volunteer for a particular venue/event, do not hesitate to contact R. Abrahamson 208-220-7836. Volunteers are highly valued.
Two painting projects will be tackled, and tribal support and volunteers would be welcome.
“Let’s make the Festival a safe and an amazing gathering and maintain our reputation as one of the top 100 events to visit in the United States,” she concluded.
Committees and Contact Information can be found on the Shoshone Bannock Tribal web site (Festival).
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By SARA BRONCHO
SANTA CLARA, California — Native actor Wes Studi is in the new Disney movie “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” that will be released July 18.
The Native American Journalists Association invited Studi and Disney to talk about details of their new animation film July 11 as conference attendees viewed a sneak preview.
Wahtomy wins Chokecherry Cook-off, Dixey's and Wadsworth also place
By ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
On Thursday, July 10, contestants and family members arrived in the Tribal Business Center Dome to begin setting up for the Chokecherry Cook-off, which began around 3 p.m.
The Chokecherry Cook-off was inspired by Marilynn Wahtomy who suggested the idea to Kachina Neaman as part of her senior project at American Falls High School. The cook-off began shortly after 5:30 p.m. when Neaman gave a few opening remarks about why she was hosting the cook off.
“I need to do this to pass my senior year to help me graduate. I hope that it turns out and the kids have fun, and they learn a lot today not only for themselves, but for their families as well,” said Neaman.
Cecelia Wahtomy was receiving assistance from her grandma Vivian Wahtomy, Kaycee and Pheobee Dixey had help from their grandma Louise Dixey, and Tenaya Wadsworth was receiving help from her grandma Sonya Wadsworth. Each contestant brought a different method of preparation.
Cecelia relied on the method of using a blender and under the guidance of Vivian, placed her chokecherries in the blender for at least ten minutes to ensure that everything was grinded. Using the same blender, flour and water was mixed, and would later be added while the chokecherries cooked on a portable stove.
Each participant used flour and water to add to their puddings as a thickening agent for the pudding. Kaycee and Pheobee used the old method of placing berries into a metal strainer, and using a wooden grinder to squeeze the juice from the berries, while separating the pits from the berries, before taking the juice and pouring it into a stove. Tenaya Wadsworth placed her berries into a meat grinder and would use it to grind the entire berry.
Soon, each contestant’s dish was ready to be tested and after paying $2, a bowl was given to audience members who would go to each table, do a sampling, and ultimately cast their votes for first through third place.
“I want to take away my culture not only in the way we cook, but in the way we do our games. It’s just a learning experience not only for them, but for me as well. I hope the younger kids learn something, and after this my next event will be to do the traditional games during Festival, then Agai Dika games; I still have a lot to schedule and plan out,” said Neaman as she discussed a few more future projects.
Cecelia Wahtomy placed first earning an iPod Shuffle, Kaycee Dixey second who won head phones and gift card, and Tenaya Wadsworth placed third winning a movie gift card.