Shoshone-Bannock

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It’s called America’s first extreme sport. It’s certainly old … and extreme. Mountain West News Bureau reporter Nate Hegyi takes us to the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho, where Shoshone Bannock tribal members are gearing up for Indian Relay.

Idaho National Laboratory

Archeologist Lael Suzann Henrikson operates out of the Cultural Resource Management Office of Idaho National Laboratory where she works to insure the labs are in compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act. Her most recent project involved excavating the area south of Lake Terreton looking for evidence of the earliest residents to the region, believed to be ancestors of the Shoshone-Bannock peoples. Henrikson joins Idaho Matters to talk about the first Idahoans.

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This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could restore tribal hunting rights in Wyoming, which could affect tribes throughout our region.

snake river, canyon
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Two southeastern Idaho tribes are seeking to intervene in a utility's attempt to negate an Oregon law requiring fish passage as part of relicensing for a hydroelectric project on the Snake River.

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Three Native American tribes are in talks with the Bureau of Land Management about repatriating two skeletons found outside Mountain Home last April.

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Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they will not renew a contract with their lobbying firm after it filed a ballot initiative to legalize lucrative betting machines known as instant racing.

Chief Tahgee, Fort Hall, Kindergarten
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This new kindergarten classroom on eastern Idaho’s Fort Hall Indian Reservation looks and feels much like any other. Tiny tables and chairs fill the room, bright drawings and artwork hang on the walls, and small coats hang on low-to-the-ground hooks. It’s the sound of the classroom that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

About 30 five-and-six-year-olds are learning to speak Shoshone.

“Benna, ne naniha J.J.”

“Ne naniha Miley.”

Courtesy Shoshone-Bannock Tribe | Miss Indian Nations

A 25-year-old Idaho State University student is the new Miss Indian Nations.

Alexandria Alvarez, of Fort Hall, Idaho, was crowned over the weekend during the United Tribes International Powwow, which draws thousands of people each year to the North Dakota capital of Bismarck.

The Miss Indian Nations scholarship pageant is open to all Native American women who are at least one-fourth Indian and are between the ages of 18 and 26. The winner serves as an ambassador for all Indian nations.

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Idaho’s capitol city celebrates its 150 anniversary next year. But long before Boise became a city, the Treasure Valley was home to the Shoshone–Bannock people. In the mid-1800s the tribe was forced to relocate to Eastern Idaho.

Their story, from early history to present day, unfolds in a new musical piece called Sacred Land which premiers this weekend.