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.