Panorama shot of the Veterans Powwow November 11 at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center.
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — The annual Fort Hall Casino Veterans Powwow was November 11 where veterans were honored and a meal was served to all participants.
There were a total of 158 registered dancers and 110 tiny tots for a total of 268.
Black Otter from the Kainaiwa Nation in Canada was the host drum and they traveled nine hours to get to Fort Hall. Lead singer for the group is Monte Wolf Child and he said the singers enjoyed the hospitality in Fort Hall. It was the drum group's first time at the Veterans Powwow but they’ve previously sung at the Shoshone-Bannock Festival. Wolf Child said he’s been singing since he was young and the name for the drum group came from his traditional name of “Black Otter.” “It’s singing name,” he said and songs come with it. They have about 10 singers in the group. Next Black Otter may be in Durant, Okla. in a couple weeks and also have a host drum job in 29 Palms, Calif. Wolf Child said they mostly competed in 2017 but are booking host drum jobs for 2018.
Merceline and U.S. Air Force veteran Lionel Boyer at their family veterans table display.
Following are the powwow results:
Junior Girls Traditional: 1st place Athena Reed, White Swan, Wash., 2nd place Annicka Gonzalez, Pocatello, and 3rd place Zids Arrow White, Fort Hall. Junior Girls Jingle: 1st place Anhinga Benally, Clearfield, Utah, 2nd place Davianna Madera, Spokane, Wash.
and 3rd place Logan Wahtomy, Fort Hall. Junior Girls Fancy: 1st place Gabrielle Ann Appenay, Fort Hall, 2nd place Ryesha Running Horse, Fort Hall and 3rd place Ashra Benally, Blackfoot.
Junior Boys Traditional: 1st place Nabahe Shebala, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 2nd place Kota Bear, Skull Valley, Utah and 3rd place Soni Cornpeach, Riverside. Junior Boys Grass: 1st place Camden Furniss, Fort Hall, 2nd place Ashton Fish, Blackfoot and 3rd place Michael Bahe, Pocatello. Junior Boys Fancy: 1st place Wrendon Osborne, Pocatello, 2nd place Joshua Mendez, Elko, Nev. and 3rd place Triston Cornpeach, Riverside.
Teen Girls Traditional: 1st place Tainu Pinnecoose, Ignacio, Colo., 2nd place Ser’Rae Running Eagle, Fort Hall and 3rd place Amelia Andy, White Swan, Wash. Teen Girls Jingle: 1st place Ontaria Arrow White, Fort Hall, 2nd place Ellarena Eriacho, Salt Lake City, Utah and 3rd place Kayla John, Salt Lake City, Utah. Teen Girls Fancy: 1st place Kiki Crowoldman, Blackfoot, 2nd place Mary Benally, Gibson and 3rd place Briana Frank
Teen Boys Traditional: 1st place Seymour Eagle Speaker, Blackfoot, 2nd place Levi Running Eagle, Fort Hall and 3rd place Tyler Eriacho, Salt Lake City, Utah. Teen Boys Grass: 1st place Makiya Denny, Logan, Utah, 2nd place Redheart Powaukee, Roosevelt, Utah and 3rd place James Singer, Pocatello. Teen Boys Fancy: 1st place Tyi Bear, Skull Valley, Utah, 2nd place No Winner, 3rd place No Winner.
Women’s Traditional: 1st place Leanne Bear, Skull Valley, Utah, 2nd place Verlina Whiteman, Calgary, Alberta, Canada and 3rd place Taylor Thomas, Fort Hall. Women’s Jingle: 1st place Paula Shebala, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 2nd place Moneek Denny, Logan, Utah and 3rd place Kassie John, Clearfield, Utah. Women’s Fancy: 1st place Patricia Benally, Clearfield, Utah, 2nd place Lahoma Reeder, Logan, Utah and 3rd place Kyra John
Logan, Utah. Senior Women’s: 1st place Michelle Blackkettle, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2nd place Sandy Plentywounds, Fort Hall and 3rd place Shirley Reeder, Logan, Utah.
Men’s Traditional: 1st place Elijah Edmo, Fort Hall, 2nd place David Lee, Fort Hall and 3rd place Ernest Running Eagle, Fort Hall. Men’s Grass: 1st place Dakota Madera, Spokane, Wash., 2nd place Ronald Kickingwoman, Browning, Mont. and 3rd place Joseph Baldwin, Fort Hall. Men’s Chicken: 1st place Eric Watchman, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2nd place Jeremy Oka, Standoff, Alberta, Canada and 3rd place Tyrone McKewah, Fort Duchesne, Utah. Men’s Fancy: 1st place Marshall Madera, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, 2nd place Jr. Lonelodge, El Reno, Okla. and 3rd place Lane Neaman, Taylorville, Utah.
Senior Men’s: 1st place Stan Whiteman Sr., Browning, Mont., 2nd place James Reeder, Logan, Utah and 3rd place James Tone, Fort Hall.
Drum groups include: Host Drum- Black Otter, Kanaim, Alberta, Canada, Su Kapii- Browning, Mont., Arrow Lakes-Salt Lake City, Utah, South Hill- Salt Lake City, Utah, Spirit Horse, Idaho Falls, Scout Society- Logan, Utah, Charging Buffalo- Fort Hall, Sun Water- Salt Lake City, Utah, Spring Creek- Fort Hall, Medicine Thunder- Fort Hall, Big Wind, Crowheart Wyo. and Ghost Canyon- Fort Hall.
The Powwow committee would like to thank all the Veterans who participated, the families who put up table displays, vendors, Emcee and Sound Jerry Bear, Skull Valley Utah, Arena Director- Bart Powaukee, Roosevelt, Utah, all the Fort Hall Casino and Shoshone-Bannock Hotel team members for making the event a success. Thank you and next year’s 15th Annual Veteran’s Powwow will be a two-day event November 10-11, 2018.