This Grizzly Bear was spotted this summer on the West Side of Togwotee Pass in Grand Teton National Park. (Ernie Over photo)

Eastern Shoshone Tribe rejects delisting of Grizzly Bear; Claims infringement on its rights

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – The Eastern Shoshone Tribe says the state and federal effort to de-list the Grizzly Bear from the Endangered Species Act and declare the bear as a “trophy game animal” is an infringement on its sovereignty and religious rights.

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Eastern Shoshone to maintain Joint Business Council to protect Tribe’s interest, Business Council said today

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) – The Eastern Shoshone Business Council on the Wind River Reservation today responded formally to actions by the Northern Arapaho Tribe concerning the NAT’s participation in the Joint Tribal Council. The letter is copied below.

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Northern Arapaho Business Council votes to dissolve the JBC for greater independence

(Ethete, Wyo.) – The Northern Arapaho Business Council on Tuesday announced on social media that they have dissolved the Shoshone and Arapaho Joint Business Council (JBC). “It is now the policy of the Northern Arapaho Tribe (NAT)  to cooperate with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe (EST) through existing committees or other methods,” said the opening paragraph of a letter to tribal members that was posted on the Tribe’s website and on its Facebook page. The post went live around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Fort Washakie Firefighters are pictured cutting a door off of a vehicle during a Jaws of Life Demonstration at the Wind River Summer Safety Fair at Ethete on Wednesday.  (eo)

Wind River Safety Fair demonstrated vehicle rollovers, Jaws of Life & Safety Information

(Ethete, Wyo.) – Over 400 people showed up to gather information from nearly three dozen representatives from 19 tribal, federal, state, county and non-profit agencies Wednesday at the Wind River Summer Safety Fair held at the Ethete Powwow Grounds.

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BREAKING: Two Eastern Shoshone Business Council members removed in General Council action

Two members of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council and the Tribe’s Attorney General were reportedly removed from office on votes taken by the Tribe’s General Council this past weekend. According to numerous reports, ESBC members Ivan Posey and Wes Martel were ousted from their positions along with the Tribe’s Attorney General, Kimberly D. Varilek.

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Eastern Shoshone Tribe names Sara Robinson as new Tribal Liaison with state government

Screen Shot 2013-01-28 at 8.27.48 AM(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) –  The Eastern Shoshone Business Council has appointed Sara Robinson as its new Tribal Liaison. Robinson replaces Edward Wadda who was killed in a car accident in 2012.

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 205, the HEARTH Act of 2012, in the Oval Office, July 30, 2012. Standing behind the President, from left, are: Bryan Newland, Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of the Interior; Governor Randall Vicente, Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico; David Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior; Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians; Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.; Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii; interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Cheryl Causley, Chairperson of the National American Indian Housing Council; Governor Gregory Mendoza, Gila River Indian Community of Arizona; and Del Laverdure, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

HEARTH Act becomes law, Provides Tribes with more control over Tribal land use

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 205, the HEARTH Act of 2012, in the Oval Office, July 30, 2012. Standing behind the President, from left, are: Bryan Newland, Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of the Interior; Governor Randall Vicente, Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico; David Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior; Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians; Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.; Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii; interior Secretary Ken Salazar; Cheryl Causley, Chairperson of the National American Indian Housing Council; Governor Gregory Mendoza, Gila River Indian Community of Arizona; and Del Laverdure, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Emergency services personnel set up east of Morning Star Manor while investigating a bomb threat at Rocky Mountain Hall. (County10.com reader contributed photo)

EST General Council interrupted by bomb threat; Federal Police investigating; meeting reset for Saturday, May 19

(Fort Washakie, Wyo.) — The Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s General Council meeting Saturday at Rocky Mountain Hall was interrupted when an alleged bomb threat was apparently called in. According to several on-scene witnesses, law enforcement agencies evacuated the hall and all surrounding buildings. All local emergency service agencies responded to the scene, and set up a command post east of the Shoshone Chief’s/US Post Office building, about one block away and across the highway from Rocky Mountain Hall.

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Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health is Hosting Health Fair Thursday May 3

(Fort Washakie) – Eastern Shoshone Tribal Health is holding their 15th annual health fair this Thursday, May 3rd at Rocky Mountain Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over 40 booths will be set up to educate the community on health and services offered in the area. Door prizes from the vendors will also be given away. Before the health fair, the Eagle Staff Runners will have their Memorial Day Prayer Run at 7 a.m. starting at Rocky Mountain Hall and ending at the health fair.

Governor, Tribes and EPA Administrator Issue Joint Statement Vowing Cooperation in Pavillion water investigation

Many natural gas wells are located in close proximity to homes East of Pavillion where residents are dealing with contaminated water wells. Studies are underway to discover the causes of the contamination, which may or may not be connected to a natural gas production process known as hydraulic fracturing. Results of an initial EPA investigation apparently linking the contamination to natural gas production is being challenged. Photo by Ernie Over, County10.com

Chief Washakie scholarship applications due March 1st

(Laramie)  — Scholarship applications are now available from the Chief Washakie Memorial awards committee for the 2012-2013 academic year at the University of Wyoming. Application deadline is Thursday, March 1.

Awards will be for varying amounts dependent upon available funds and applicant qualifications. Applicants should have strong ties to the Wind River Indian Reservation community and be seeking a graduate degree, a bachelor’s degree or a certification to retain a current position.