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|Friday, 27 February, 2015|
First Nations Governance Group with FHBC member Blaine Edmo. (Alexandria Alvarez photo)
By ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
FORT HALL — On February 12, the First Nations Governance group visited the Fort Hall Indian Reservation as part of a project for Canada.
The visitors were members of the First Nations and came from different parts of Canada. A total of seven were visiting with the goal of engaging with American Indian tribes to explore business, education, and cultural sharing, and explore the relationship Tribes have with the United States, state, and local governments. The First Nations Governance also observed disparities that each tribal community may face such as geographic isolation, education, economic status, language, natural resource exploitation, and health care.
When the group arrived in Fort Hall, Public Affairs Manager Randy’L Teton met them at the Tribal Museum where they toured before heading to Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy to spend time with the youth.
Director of School Programs Joel Weaver, and Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction Cyd Crue presented the history of the charter school and how they got their start and then took the First Nations Governance into the kindergarten classroom for a presentation in Shoshone. Students showcased their math skills and sang “Mary had a Little Lamb.”
The group then went to the Tribal Business Center where they toured the facility and had an opportunity to meet and greet with Tribal Councilman Blaine Edmo before continuing their tour. The group also stopped at the Justice Center, Trading Post, Post Office, TP Gas Station and Fort Hall Casino before returning to the Tribal Museum.
“I enjoyed meeting the Canadian group and sharing our tribal history and culture. I appreciate all that participated in making them feel welcome in Fort Hall. Our Tribe is now part of the International Tour route for future International visits, and we welcome them as part of a cultural exchange,” said Teton.