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Original Boise Valley People Officially Welcomed to City Hall


On Jun 14th, Boise Mayor David Bieter, City Council President Lauren McLean, Council Member Lisa Sánchez and other Boise community members welcomed the descendants of the original Boise Valley people back to the city. This is the first time a sitting mayor and council president officially receive the tribal people from the area since their forcible removal by soldiers from the Boise Valley in 1869.
The descendants from the respective tribes – Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in Fort Hall, Idaho; Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, Owyhee, Nev.; Burns Paiute Tribe, Burns, Ore.; Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, McDermitt, Nev., and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Warm Springs, Ore. – have always returned to Quarry View Park (2150 Old Penitentiary), the site of Castle Rock, their spiritual gathering place. The tribes initiated a formal gathering in 2011, known as “The Return of the Boise Valley People,” which this year was held June 14-17, 2018.
The ceremony started with a traditional prayer, flag song, honor song and historical summary by tribal leaders. Remarks by Council President McLean, Councilmember Sánchez, Mayor Bieter and Idaho National Guard’s Brig. Gen. Michael Garshak followed.

As part of the four-day celebration, a historical exhibition prepared by Lori-Edmo Suppah about the original Boise Valley people is currently on display in the City Hall Lobby.



Published: June 21, 2018