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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho

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Tribal members are being circumspect about the recent suspensions of Fort Hall Police Chief Vernon Alvarez and Tribal Court Administrator Christina Broncho. Some maintain the tribal council is moving in the right direction but that other officials should be the targets. Tribal member Diana Peyope said she had no particular problems with either Alvarez or Broncho, but she believes the entire tribal court system needs to be examined. She said the system sometimes discriminates based on family history. "That whole place needs to be cleaned up,'' Peyope said. Sheriff's deputies in both Bannock and Bingham counties were surprised by the suspension of Alvarez. "We've always had a good working relationship,'' Bingham County Sheriff's Detective Lisa Rowland said. "We've always worked very well together.''