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Tribal Court Assessment set for July 16 to July 18

FORT HALL — Kauffman & Associates, Inc. (KAI) will be conducting a tribal court assessment on July 16 through July 18for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation.
The assessment is being done at the request of your tribal leadership and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation Tribal Court.  
The focus of the assessment is to assess the performance and needs of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation Tribal Court while identifying both strengths of the court and areas for improvement.  Public confidence and trust in our court system is an important part of this assessment and KAI will be facilitating a community listening session to gather feedback and input from community members. 
The community listening session will be held at the following location on the following dates:
July 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Justice Center Training Room.
Specifically, KAI will be gathering input to gauge the community’s perception about the court, such as:
• How does the community view the tribal court and the justice it delivers?
• Does the community perceive tribal court functions to be conducted quickly and fairly, and with integrity?
• Does the community perceive the tribal court as independent, not unduly influenced by other components of government, and accountable?
Please note that this assessment does not examine the extent to which there is public agreement with individual case decisions made by the court.   
Your input on how well the court is performing is essential to enhancing tribal court operation and we hope you can attend. 

Stabbing occurs on Fort Hall Townsite

FORT HALL — The Fort Hall Police arrested Wesley Ahtone, 18, July 16 after a stabbing occurred on the Fort Hall Townsite.
Fort Hall Police Captain Mark Massey said dispatch received a telephone call around 1:15 a.m. from Portneuf Medical Center reporting a Native American male in the emergency room with multiple stab wounds. Medical staff said the alleged incident occurred on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Massey said a Fort Hall officer went to the hospital and met with one of the victim’s sons who transported his father to the emergency room. The victim’s son said the stabbing occurred in the Townsite area at a residence behind the Corner Merc and his brother was responsible for the stabbing.
Fort Hall officers and a Fort Hall criminal investigation supervisor responded to the area on B Street where they encountered a male  in a garage with a knife to his own throat threatening suicide. The individual was allegedly the suspect in the stabbing. The Fort Hall officers and CI supervisor were able to convince the individual to surrender and placed him into custody without incident, Massey said.
The suspect was booked into Fort Hall Corrections on domestic violence and alcohol related charges. The suspect’s father is in critical condition at PMC.
Massey said Ahtone is an enrolled Choctaw from Oklahoma. The FHPD is continuing the investigaton.


Miss Sho-Ban applications now available

Sho-Ban News
FORT HALL — On behalf of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Royalty Committee, all eligible young women between the ages 18-25 are being cordially invited to run for the title of the 51st Miss Shoshone-Bannock.
The 2014-2015 Miss Shoshone-Bannock Pageant Applications are now available and can be picked up at the Language and Culture Center (Old Police Department), and can be brought to Leah Hardy, or mailed to: Shoshone-Bannock Festival Royalty Committee P.O. Box 306 Fort Hall, Idaho 83203.
Applicants are encouraged to also e-mail a copy to the Shoshone-Bannock Royalty Committee at sbrcommittee@gmail.com. or call (208) 690-9555.  If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact Naivi Yabeney, Royalty Committee Chair, at (208) 690-9555. 
The application deadline has been set for Wednesday, July 16 at 5 p.m. (MST); applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. During the competition, contestants will compete in a talent competition, traditional dish competition, personal interview, impromptu questions, and dance competition. The dates and times of each competition will be posted soon.
The Royalty Committee encourages young women to experience this opportunity to serve as a goodwill ambassador, role model, and future leader for the community of Fort Hall. The role of Miss Shoshone-Bannock is an important honor and responsibility within the Fort Hall community that offers an opportunity to travel, grow personally, gain invaluable experience at conferences, work with tribal leaders, and most importantly represent the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
Awards include the rotating traditional beaded crown and banner, $1,000 academic higher education scholarship, luggage set, full spa package from the Cedar Spa, customized jacket, and a gift basket filled with accessories including Pendleton items.