Miss Shoshone-Bannock Crystal Ariwite. (Sho-Ban News file photo)
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — Miss Shoshone-Bannock Crystal Ariwite admits she made a big mistake when arrested May 3 but says no one can judge her for it when she has done more positively for her title.
Fort Hall Police Chief Pat Teton said Ariwite was arrested at the Fort Hall Casino for DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and distribution to minors.
Crystal said if others want to judge her for what she does, then they have a problem themselves. “I do smoke for medicinal reasons due to my scoliosis, anxiety and depression. Even my closest friends and family know and accept me for that.” She continued, “I’ve done so much for my people and the least my people can do is accept me for who I am because nobody is perfect.”
Crystal said she is ready to stand up to her mistakes and continue where she was stopped. “If my people want me to stand down as Miss Sho-Ban, then I will continue to fight for my title for the next three months.”
She said she has no excuse for the distribution to minors but, “I apologized to the mother of the boy who was in my car at the time and will forever learn from my mistake that night.”
Darla Morgan of the Shoshone-Bannock Royalty Committee said a certified letter is being sent to Ariwite, along with a copy of her contract to meet with them regarding the charges.