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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes 

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Idaho State University will host the inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on October 14, featuring a sunrise ceremony, speeches, panel discussions, workshops, performances and a film screening.

“Idaho State will recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day to honor the culture and history of all members of our global community,” said Idaho State University President Kevin Satterlee. “A lot of planning and preparation has gone into organizing this day by tribal and University leaders and friends, with a goal to educate and better our community through education.” 

The celebration is designed to be an acknowledgement of the interrelated nature of the University, local and global communities.  

The day-long event welcomes all stakeholders to explore the ideas of what it means to be indigenous and how the campus community can support all students. 

“Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for everyone to understand and celebrate the rich cultures we have right here in Pocatello and Southeast Idaho,” said Randy’L Teton, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Public Affairs Manager. “Our renewed relationship with President Satterlee marks a new beginning for the shared history and culture. We are happy to participate in the upcoming Idaho State University Indigenous Day on October 14.”   

The term ‘Indigenous’ describes groups originating or historically connected to a place prior to its colonization-settlement by an outside group. Idaho State’s Indigenous Peoples Day highlights the global diversity of Indigenous peoples, experiences and needs while focusing on building relationships with local communities.  

“Many people are not aware of the history of Christopher Columbus conquest nor the history of Indigenous People of the west,” said Lethaniel Loley, Native American Student Services Coordinator. “For 527 years, we as Native American people were forgotten in the history books, and taught not to share what knowledge we had in the past. I would like to invite everyone from Southeast Idaho to come explore the workshop sessions and to understand ‘What does it mean to be Indigenous?’” 

“October 14 is no longer Columbus Day, instead it is a day we commemorate the shared history and culture of our American Indian Peoples,” said Ladd Edmo, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Chairman. “We as Shoshone-Bannock people have been here for thousands of years and aren’t going anywhere.” 

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The day will begin with a sunrise ceremony at 7:30 a.m. on the Idaho State University Hutchinson Quadrangle, followed by a breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Pond Student Union Ballroom. Idaho State University President Kevin Satterlee and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Chairman Ladd Emo will welcome and address participants at 9 a.m. in the Pond Student Union.

Other events scheduled for the day include:

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Student Poster Session: Indigenous Education: Acknowledging the Past, Looking to the Future
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Indigenous Authors Book Display in the Eli M. Oboler Library 
  • 9:30 a.m. – Panel discussion on “What does it mean to be Indigenous?” in Pond Student Union Ballroom 
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Lunch, featuring Medicine Thunder Drum Group and cultural performances on the Hutchinson Quadrangle (Ballroom in inclement weather site) 
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Free admission to the Idaho Museum of Natural History 
  • 1 to 3 p.m. – Workshop Session 1 that will include the three different topics “Indigeneity and the Environment: How can traditional knowledge help solve environmental challenges?,” “River of Return - A Middle Fork Salmon River Story,” and “#IndigenizingTheCollegeExperience” in three different Pond Student Union rooms. 
  • 2 to 3 p.m. – Workshop Session 2 that will include the topics “Nemme Sogope (Our Lands),” “Ethical Research with Indigenous Communities,” and “Health and Indigenous Populations” in three different Pond Student Union rooms. 
  • 3 to 5 p.m. – Screening and discussion of film “Columbus in America.”

The panel discussions and workshops feature Idaho State University faculty, staff and graduate students, and members of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes community. For more detailed information or to register to attend the event, visit

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