Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel hosts flag-raising

Pictured: The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel.(Photo: Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel)

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New flag poles christened November 9, 2019 to set the stage for the 16th Annual Veteran's Day Powwow

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Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel 

The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel christened brand new flag poles, in front of the casino property on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

About two dozen people joined Military Veteran Employees, as they raised flags from, United States of America, State of Idaho, and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, for the first time. Since the completion of the Casino Expansion Phase II, new flag poles have been installed and are front and center for guests to see as they pull into the driveway of the property.

Pictured: Flags on poles at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel.
Pictured: Flags on poles at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel.(Photo: Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel)

"It has been important for us, to include these flag poles on our property," stated Pamela Gallegos, Chief Executive Officer, "and what a wonderful way to begin our day, this weekend, as we Honor our Veterans."

The early morning event was the opportunity to set the stage for the event of the day, the 16th Annual Veteran's Day Powwow.

Michael Mendez led the team of Military Veteran Employees, as they took care to install the flags on the brand new poles.

"There are several Veterans who work here at the Casino Hotel and we will take great pride in making sure the flags are cared for," said Mendez, Sales Director. "We appreciate the opportunity we have been given to lead our team in this way."
Leela Abrahamson, an employee, brought her two young children to the Flag Raising. She felt it is important to show them how they can honor the sacrifice Veterans make.

Pictured: Shoshone-Bannock Chairman Edmo with military veteran employees.
Pictured: Shoshone-Bannock Chairman Edmo with military veteran employees.(Photo: Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel)

"The flag raising this morning was done very well. Great start to an amazing day."
A short program started with CEO Pamela Gallegos offering a Welcome and Thank you to all those in attendance. Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Council Chairman, Ladd Edmo, then offered words of thanks to all Military, and honored Veterans. He led the crowd in a prayer and then at 8:00 am, the flags were raised to the song "To the Colors." After its completion, coffee and doughnuts were shared.

The Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel appreciates all those who came to experience this event and would like to recognize: Chairman Ladd Edmo; local Royalty, Gabrielle Appeney, Blackfoot Heritage School Princess; and Members of the Fort Hall Veterans Association for offering their support of this event.
The 16th Annual Veterans Day Powwow will begin at 12:00 pm, with Grand Entry at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm and a feast at 5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel recently celebrated the opening of a new gaming floor, Casino Expansion Phase II is the Tribes 85,463 square foot casino addition connected to the west side of the existing Shoshone- Bannock Hotel and Events Center. Along with the new casino floor, there is an addition to the north side of the Event Center, over 300 new parking spaces, a new Bingo Hall, Buffet and Lounge.

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes owns and operates three gaming properties including the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel, Sage Hill Casino and Travel Center and Bannock Peak Casino and Truck Stop. The Economic Growth Plan continues to evolve for the health and benefit of the Tribal membership and the Eastern Idaho Region.

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