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West Nile Virus detected in Rez mosquitoes
FORT HALL — Mosquitoes collected in a trap recently during a routine surveillance of mosquitoes on the Fort Hall Reservation have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) by the Fort Hall Reservation’s Mosquito Abatement Program, operated by Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), LLC.
According to Agricultural Resource Management (ARM) Program Manager, Matthew Broncho, “Given the hot weather and relatively high populations of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, the detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Hall Reservation and the surrounding counties has been expected, and we are prepared to deal with the situation accordingly. The early detection of WNV in mosquitoes is one of the primary reasons for our comprehensive mosquito surveillance and control program. We set mosquito traps throughout the Fort Hall Reservation every week in order to test for West Nile virus and to determine which control activities need to be undertaken in what areas.”
In response to this finding VDCI, LLC has increased the number of mosquito traps, larval control/treatment activities, and spraying for adult mosquitoes in the area by truck. Our quick response to the current situation should interrupt the infection cycle within the mosquito population. VDCI, LLC will continue surveillance and treatment in the Fort Hall area in order to protect residences from WNV.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ARM program has stepped up surveillance in the wetland “Bottoms” area looking for obvious signs of WVN in dead or sick small animals such as magpies, crows, starlings, squirrels, and/or horses and no signs were found to-date. In order to reduce mosquito larvae in the area irrigation water flow in canals and ditches have been reduced. The Tribes have notified residences within identified areas of WNV and shall provide residences within the identified area with resources to help protect themselves from mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), LLC continues to urge all residents to take any appropriate actions necessary to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites.
All Tribal Residents are urged to take the following precautions to protect themselves from West Nile virus:
• DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and always follow label instructions for use, especially with children.
• DRAIN all sources of standing water that may support mosquito-breeding habitats.
• DOOR and window screens should fit tight and be in good repair. This will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
• DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors, since this is when mosquitoes are most active.
• DRESS Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing while outdoors, especially long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.
West Nile virus can be transmitted to humans, horses, birds, and other animals by infected mosquitoes after the mosquitoes have bitten infected birds, which are the primary hosts of the virus. Most people bitten by West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes experience either no symptoms, or possibly a short period of mild flu-like symptoms. Symptoms of human West Nile virus infections typically begin within 14 days following the insect bite and consist of low-grade fever, muscle and joint aches, fatigue, and headaches. In rare but severe cases, symptoms can include high fever, neck pain, severe headache, a rash on the torso, and disorientation, which may be signs of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). If such symptoms occur, residents should seek immediate medical attention from a physician. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus infection; avoiding mosquito bites and a comprehensive integrated mosquito management program is the best prevention.
If you have any questions regarding this incident, please contact the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ARM Program at 208-478-3878.
For more information about West Nile virus, visit the following websites:
West Nile Virus Information http://www.westnile.idaho.gov or http://www.vdci.net
|Thursday, 21 August, 2014|
Agai Dika Gathering walk/run had 150 participants
By ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
SALMON — The Annual Agai Dika Gathering had a successful turn out for this year’s activities — on August 16, a total of 150 walkers and runners registered for the annual spiritual walk run that began at the old Tendoy school and ended after 12 miles at Lemhi Pass.
The walk/run is done in remembrance of the Lemhi Shoshone who were forcibly removed from the area, and each year descendants of the Lemhi Shoshone host the walk/run. Last year the Shay family hosted, and this year the Families of Lucy Honena Diaz and Joe Diaz was held in their memory.
The families provided water and fruit for runners and walkers at various points along the trail, and thanks to help of Shoshone-Bannock Fish and Game traveling up and down the pass, participants traveled through safely.
A total of 38 out of 150 completed the entire 12-mile course to Lemhi Pass; Eddy Nappo Jr. was the oldest man to complete the walk/run at age 73, and Darlene Haas, 65 years of age, from Tendoy, completed the course. The two youngest to complete the course was Eric Yellowhair, age 12, and Serina Roibe, age 10.
At the Agai Dika Social Powwow, which was held later that evening, each received a gift from the Lucy and Joe Diaz Family for participating.
Miss Shoshone-Bannock Tadraschell Murray completed six miles, it was the first time for her participating in the Agai Dika events, and she expressed excitement to return and finish the entire course next year now that she knew what to expect and what to train for.
Kachina Neaman who hosted the traditional games during the Festival was also hosting Indian games for those who did not participate in the Spiritual Walk/Run, and later that evening a feast was held for both tribal members as well as the public, before grand entry was set to begin.
Lionel Boyer and Chasen Coby were emcees for the powwow events beginning with grand entry that was led by Forrest Broncho.
A normal array of powwow events followed with tiny tots taking the floor after grand entry, the women’s traditional dances, followed by the men. A couple’s dance was also held in good fun. Many dancers were able to get audience members to join as they danced to the songs.
The evening came to a close as the sun set. The next morning, sunrise services and a breakfast concluded the annual Agai Dika Gathering.
From left: Festival Princess Ontaria Ariwite, Little Princess Layla Buckskin, Future princess Gabrielle Appenay and Tzi Tzi Princess Loren Ann Hopper. (Alexandria Alvarez photo)
Festival royalty winners listed
By ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
FORT HALL — The 2014-2015 Shoshone-Bannock Festival Royalty has been selected!
Many local and out of state girls competed for the various royalty titles that began with the youngest category, the Tzi Tzi Princess — Loren Ann Hooper from Fort Washakie, Wyoming won the title.
Gabrielle Appenay from Fort Hall was selected as the Festival Future Princess. Layla Buckskin from Fort Hall was crowned Festival Little Princess.
And lastly Ontaria Ariwite of Fort Hall, was crowned Fort Hall Festival Princess.
For one year these girls will carry their titles, and not only represent, but promote the Shoshone-Bannock Festival in their yearlong endeavors.
They will also be Miss Shoshone-Bannock Tadraschell “Sister” Murray’s royalty court.
On right, Pearl Sammaripa in Golden Age Women's category. (Roselynn Wahtomy photo)
Powwow results announced
Junior Girls Fancy Shawl: 5th Morning Rain Honani - White Cone, Ariz.; 4th Destinee Whiteman - Fort Hall, Idaho; 3rd Shundiin Whitehorse - Ft. QuAppelle, Saskatchewan; 2nd Taylor Jishie - Lukachukai, Ariz.; 1st Neveah Jishie - Lukachukai, Ariz.
Junior Boys Fancy Feather: 5th Iltnakapi Scabby Robe - White Swan, Wash.; 4th Kyce Hamilton - Ft. Collins, Colo.; 3rd Wrendon Osborne - Pocatello, Idaho; 2nd Izaya Bob - Montezuma, Utah; 1st Preston Olney - Whitecone, Ariz.
Junior Girls Jingle: 5th Kree Star - Ronan, Mont.; 4th Danica Bedonie - Lukachukai, Ariz.; 3rd Leilani Benally - Naschitti, N.M.; 2nd Yanabah Whitehorse - Ft. QuAppelle, Sask.; 1st Breauna Nez - Draper, Utah.
Junior Boys Grass: 5th Nantai Yonnie - Lukachai, Ariz.; 4th Isaiah Oldman - Riverton, Wyo.; 3rd Red Heart Powaukee - Roosevelt, Utah; 2nd Xavier Bolton - Santa Fe, N.M. 1st Trayshon Spoonhunter - Ethete, Wyo.
Junior Girls Traditional: 5th Abby House - Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.; 4th Dine Cree Covers-up - Bread Springs, N.M.; 3rd Rae Dean Croft - Browning, Mont.; 2nd Jovina Scabbyrobe - White Swan, Wash.; 1st Sim-Sin Heavy Runner - Lapwai, Idaho.
Junior Boys Traditional: 5th Padro Perkins - Orange Co., Calif.; 4th Damien Bear Jr.; 3rd Leland Whiteplume - Lapwai, Idaho; 2nd Bryson Wallahee - White Swan, Wash.; 1st Taylor Begay - Red Mesa, Utah.
Teen Girls Fancy Shawl: 5th Whisper SunRhodes - Riverton, Wyo.; 4th Ontaria Arrow White - Fort Hall, Idaho; 3rd Shelby Snyder - West Jordan, Utah; 2nd Julianne Scabbyrobe - Browning, Mont.; 1st Summer Olney - Whitecone, Ariz.
Teen Boys Fancy Feather: 5th Lucas Thomas - Owyhee, Nev.; 4th Maza Hand - Pine Ridge, S.D.; 3rd Ila Pinkham - Spokane, Wash.; 2nd Keegan Her Many Horses - Milford, Wyo.; 1st Durrell Etsitty - Crow Point, N.M.
Teen Girls Jingle: 5th Kassie John - Clearfield, Utah; 4th Destiny Buck - Mattawa, Wash.; 3rd Techokan Waste Win Blackbird - Eagle Butte, S.D.; 2nd Tylah Nez - Rough Rock, Ariz.; 1st Tia Lonetree-Gray - Avondale, Ariz.
Teen Boys Grass: 5th Hampton Olney - White Cone, Ariz.; 4th Thunderchild Halona - New Mexico; 3rd Desmond Madera - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; 2nd Slick Nez - Bloomfield, N.M.
1st Chad Browneagle - Cusick, Wash.
Teen Girls Traditional: 5th Jordynn Paz - Crow Agency, Mont.; 4th Jocelia Her Many Horses - Ethete, Wyo.; 3rd Tanisha Daniels - Onion Lake, Saskatchewan; 2nd Kaleigh Starblanket – Saskatchewan; 1st Shunndeen Bear - Kindgman, Ariz.
Teen Boys Traditional: 5th Savon Benally - Blackfoot, Idaho; 4th Kelsey Star Blanket Jr. - Starblanket Saskatchewan; 3rd CJ Murphy - Window Rock, Ariz.; 2nd T.J. Olney - White Cone, Ariz.; 1st Hahots Shebala - Clear Creek, Idaho.
Super Senior Women’s (70+): 5th Mary Yazzie - Rigby, Idaho; 4th Geraldine Williams - Pocatello, Idaho; 3rd Pearl Sammaripa - Schurz, Nev.; 2nd Nancy Tailfeathers - Warm Springs, Oregon; 1st Mary Jane Cantsee - White Mesa, Utah.
Super Senior Men’s (70+): 4th Melvin George - Kykotsmovi, Ariz.; 3rd Patrick Spotted Wolf - Clinton, Okla.; 2nd Walter Eugene Old Elk Sr. - Crow Agency, Mont.; 1st Charles Tailfeathers - Warm Springs, Oregon.
Golden Age Women’s Fancy Shawl/Jingle (55-69): 5th Arlena Thompson - Chinle, Ariz.; 4th Zelda Winnier - Toppenish, Wash.; 3rd Vickie Hindsley - Baraboo, Wisc.; 2nd Cheryl Johnson - Wadsworth, Nev.; 1st Shirley Reeder - Logan, Utah.
Golden Age Men’s Fancy Feather/Grass (55-69): 5th Kenneth Pete - Owyhee, Nev.; 4th Kim Seaman - Idaho Falls, Idaho; 3rd Merle Smith - Fort Hall, Idaho; 2nd James Reeder - Logan, Utah; 1st Allenroy Pay-Kwin - New Mexico.
Golden Age Women’s Traditional (55-69): 5th Lynne Pinkham - Lapwai, Idaho; 4th Virgie Tsosie - Phoenix, Ariz.; 3rd Sandra Plentywounds - Fort Hall, Idaho; 2nd Joyce Hayes - Fort Hall, Idaho; 1st Carmen Clairmont - Lakewood, Colo.
Golden Age Men’s Traditional (55-69): 5th Harvey Spoonhunter - Fort Washakie, Wyo.; 4th Don Moccasin - Eugene, Oregon; 3rd Chico Her Many Horses - Lander, Wyo.; 2nd Rudy Shebala - Moscow, Idaho; 1st John Meninick - Lapwai, Idaho.
Men’s Warbonnet (18+): 4th Shandin Pete - Arlee, Mont.; 3rd Loren Sammaripa - Schurz, Nev.;
2nd George Meninick - Toppenish, Wash.; 1st Wes Honena Sr. - Fort Hall, Idaho.
Women’s Southern Buckskin/Cloth (18-54): 5th Anna Spottedwolf - Clinton, Okla.; 4th Laurie Whitecloud - Oklahoma City, Okla.; 3rd Monica Raphael - Apache, Okla.; 2nd Delaine Alley - San Carlos, AZ. 1st Mabel Cozad - Mountain View, Okla.
Men’s Southern Straight (18-54): 5th Dwayne Iron - Fort Collins, Colo.; 4th Forrest Gorush - Fort Washakie, Wyo.; 3rd Kelly Grant - Pine Hall, N.M.; 2nd Lewis Perkins - Orange County, Calif.; 1st Lewis Cozad - Mountain View, Okla.
Sr. Women’s Fancy Shawl (35-54): 5th Whitney Top Sky - Rocky Boy, Mont.; 4th Karen Noon - Farmington, N.M.; 3rd LaVerna Benally - Salt Lake City, Utah; 2nd Denaye Jack - White Cone, Ariz.; 1st Carol Melting Tallow - Santa Fe, N.M.
Sr. Men’s Fancy Feather (35-54); 5th J Thorpe Sine - Tulsa, Okla.; 4th Hunter Osborne - Pocatello, Idaho; 3rd Perry Thompson - Chinle, Ariz.; 2nd George Abeyta - Fort Washakie, Wyo.; 1st J.R. Lonelodge - Le Reno, Okla.
Sr. Women’s Jingle (35-54): 5th Shirleen Stash - Blanding, Utah; 4th December Arrow White - Fort Hall, Idaho; 3rd Debbie Tsosie - Albuquerque, N.M.; 2nd Cheryl Hernandez - Owyhee, Nev.; 1st Alice Phelps - Thunder Valley, SD..
Sr. Men’s Grass (35-54): 5th Chad Morsette Sr. - Twin Buttes, N.D.; 4th Gary Martine - Lander, Wyo.; 3rd Coleman Dann - Chubbuck, Idaho; 2nd Darryl Bolton - Santa Fe, N.M.
1st Lakota Clairmont - Lakewood, Colo. Sr.
Sr. Women’s No. Traditional (35-54); 5th Ramona Croff - Browning, Mont.; 4th Tarissa Spoonhunter - Tucson, Ariz.; 3rd Leanne Bear - Skull Valley, Utah; 2nd Angie Hindsley - Wisconsin Dells, Wisc.; 1st Dee LeDoux – Saskatchewan.
Sr. Men’s Traditional (35-54): 5th Lee Whiteplume - Lapwai, Idaho; 4th Edmond Nevaquaya - Apache, Okla.; 3rd David Lee - Fort Hall, Idaho; 2nd Vee Whitehorse – Pipestone, Saskatchewan;
1st Cetan Thunder Hawk - Bozeman, Mont.
Sr. Men’s Prairie Chicken & Round Bustle (35-54): 5th Richard DeCrane - Escondido, Calif.; 4th Christopher Williams - Adams, Oregon; 3rd Sonny Matheson - Spokane, Wash.; 2nd Alwin Honadick - Parker, Ariz.; 1st Levi Blackwolf - Richland, Wash.
Jr. Women’s Fancy Shawl (18-34): 5th Tia Warren - Red Mesa, Ariz.; 4th Nicole Sine - Stillwater, Okla.; 3rd Valerie Adrian - Wellpinit, Wash.; 2nd Shandiin Jack - White Cone, Ariz.; 1st Keya Clairmont - Lakewood, Colo.
Jr. Men’s Fancy Feather (38-34): 5th Sean Snyder - West Jordan, Utah; 4th Ty Da Bomb Johnson - Chinle, Ariz.; 3rd Gary Olney - White Swan, Wash.; 2nd Davey Madera - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; 1st Isaiah Bob - Montezuma Creek, Utah.
Jr. Women’s Jingle (18-34): 5th Sarraye Forrest Davis - Eagle, Idaho; 4th Connie Starblanket – Saskatchewan; 3rd Shaina Snyder - West Jordan, Utah; 2nd Prairie Rose Jack - White Cone, Ariz.; 1st Acosia Red Elk - Pendleton, Oregon.
Jr. Men’s Grass (18-34): 5th Edgar Haskan Jr. - Montezuma Creek, Utah; 4th Dakota Madera - Spokane, Wash.; 3rd A.D. (Adrian) Stevens - Salt Lake City, Utah; 2nd Kelsey Haywahe - Warm Springs, Oregon; 1st Bryson Rabbitt - Calgary Alberta.
Jr. Women’s No. Traditional (18-34): 5th Kirsten Mandes - Muskey Lake Cree Nation; 4th Violet Olney - White Swan, Wash.; 3rd Celena Powaukee - Fort Duchesne, Utah; 2nd Jacinta Tsosie - Phoenix, Ariz.; 1st Tara Whitehorse - Fort Quepelle, Saskatchewan.
Jr. Men’s No. Traditional (18-34): 5th Tommy Lee Whiteplume - Lapwai, Idaho; 4th Cory Williams - White Swan, Wash.; 3rd Saul Juardo - Salem, Oregon; 2nd Malcom Murphy - Durango, Colo.; 1st Brando Jack - White Cone, Ariz.
Jr. Men’s Prairie Chicken/Round Bustle: 5th Gayson Johnson - Warm Springs, Oregon; 4th Jesse Bevis Sr. - Pendleton, Oregon; 3rd Kevin Chavis - Pembroke, N.C.; 2nd Ronnie Harris - Anadarko, Okla.; 1st Sheldon Scalplock Jr. - Red Mesa, Ariz.
Singing/Drumming Contest: Cons. Indian Nation; Cons. Rock Creek; Cons. Young Nation; Cons. Wild Krew; 5th. War Horse; 4th Southern Style; 3rd. Crazy Horse; 2nd. Wild Rose; 1st Midnight Express.
By ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
On Wednesday, August 13, the Summer Youth Program held their final event for youth participants. The final event was “Mad Rez Nups”, a game based off of Mad City Money, which is a mythical town in the future, and participants must live, work, and shop.
Mad Rez Nups was a two and half hour simulation held in the lobby area of the Human Resource Department Complex; youth participants received an “About Me” sheet that contained what occupation they had, salary, student loan debt owed, credit card debt owed, and cost of medical insurance. Some participants had a spouse, children, and some would even be single parents.
About five booths were set up where participants could purchase things such as cars, groceries, housing, day care, and other needs. The objective was to give the youth practice as an adult with realistic circumstances, and to experience the consequences of good and bad financial decisions. Council member Devon Boyer played the character “Fickle of Fate” who’s job was to hand out unexpected twists of fate to add to the game; sometimes the Fickle of Fate would add money to their accounts by handing them a card that could say “Your birthday came up, extra $500 to your account” or it could potentially be trouble like “You have a gambling problem, your down $500.”
Students engaged themselves in the activity and soon found how important keeping track of finances is. Nolan Brown, NDN Scholars Program Director was selling cars and would entice the kids to buy a car, even if it potentially would send students into debt. Parvaneh Christensen and Jennifer Rodriquez from the Sho-Ban High School ran the housing department, where students could look at property, and buy accessories for their homes.
As the session ended, Partners for Prosperity Program Director Shaylynn Peirsol asked the students to sit down and talk to them about how things ended for them.
“We wanted you to all think about the importance of financial responsibility, and having to face unexpected obstacles,” began Peirsol.
Some of the students said that when they received an unexpected bill, it was scary. One girl commented that she would not have gone into debt if she had only taken her time to choose her spending more carefully, but for some, once they figured out a system, they felt it was easier.
“Once I had a system figured out, it became easier. That’s why all adults have systems about spending,” commented Erica Sanchez.
After the simulation was over, students were released to their program supervisors who dismissed students from their final task. Financial Program Director Shaylynn Peirsol worked closely with Sheryl Slim help coordinate with Fort Hall Business Council member Devon Boyer, the Summer Youth Program.
“I thought this was perfect; we had lots of participation from the kids, and my favorite comment that was made was when a kid said ‘This can’t be real life,’ and Tula Galloway who was helping out said ‘Real life is harder!’ It was really great to see the kids be interactive. This was the first time Partners for Prosperity held an event like this for the youth, and the kids really seemed to like it, which will help us move forward with the project. The youth may not have paid attention to everything we said or did, but I think doing the simulation will stick with them. Partners for Prosperity are very thankful for the opportunity to work with the youth program. All youth need to know something about managing finances before they’re eighteen years, and we tried to tailor to simulation to things that would be relevant to the youth on the reservation,” concluded Peirsol.