SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Native American tribe wants a small northern Utah city to get rid of an annual battle reenactment that features people dressed as American Indians raiding an encampment of white settlers.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2ji2dK5) the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation has told Wellsville city officials that the so-called “Sham Battle'' is a racially and culturally insensitive portrayal of Native Americans.
Wellsville Mayor Thomas Bailey says he hopes to reach a compromise so the annual Labor Day weekend event can continue in some form.
Darren Parry, vice chairman of the Northwest Band of the Shoshone Nation, warned about an unspecified “storm'' of consequences if city officials do not cancel the event.
The Ute Indian Tribe Political Action Committee is planning a protest at the Wellsville city council meeting on Sept. 20.
By KAYCEE DIXEY
BLACKFOOT — Fort Hall Business Council members made their selections for best of beadwork at the Eastern Idaho State Fair Native American Department September 7.
FHBC members Nathan Small, Lee Juan Tyler, and Ladd Edmo, along with Public Affairs manager Randy’L Teton were in attendance.
Small’s choice was a beaded vest made by Larry Teton that was awarded Outstanding and Supreme Selection Award, winning $40. Tyler’s choice was a cradleboard, with a beaded background, made by Pearl Johnson that was awarded Best in Class Award, winning $20. Ladd Edmo’s choice was beaded side drops made by Valarie Bagley that was awarded Best of Show and Spectator’s Choice Award, winning $20. Randy’L Teton’s choice was a beaded belt made by Sharon Johnson that was awarded the Special Award, also winning $20. Each Tribal Council member signed every award.
Anna Bowers, EISF Native American department superintendent said she worked with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Language and Culture Department for the 2018 special awards and they include: Buckskin jacket, real elk tooth dress, Bannock bread, horse regalia, reservation hats, quill or beaded items with start to finish photos, women’s buckskin dress, men’s beaded outfit, men’s buckskin beaded breech cloth, horse regalia rawhide or beaded saddle bags, Shoshone-Bannock Beaded sole parade men’s moccasins, beadwork with story, and Shoshone-Bannock wool or velvet beaded yoke dress.