Land Use Policy Commission

Land Use Policy Commission is an elected three member Commission that operates under the Land Use Policy Ordinance. The policy of this Ordinance is to preserve all Tribal lands for the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation of the Tribes, control and regulate the use of all lands and natural resources, preserve the traditional and agricultural use of the land and natural resources, and to preserve, promote, and protect the character of the Fort Hall Reservation.
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The commissioners make policy decisions and carry out administration and enforcement responsibilities set forth in the Land Use Policy Ordinance and Land Use Regulations.

Chairwoman: Laurie Kniffin
Vice-Chairman: Pat Broncho
Secretary/Treasurer: Darrell Shay

The Commission operates under the Land Use Policy Ordinance.

Key LUPC Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the administration, policy decisions, and enforcement of the Land Use Policy Ordinance.
  • Make Policy decisions based on Tribal law.
  • Review and document all permitting pertaining to land use, building enforcement and Trespassing.
  • Represent the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on matters regarding land and natural resource use and management including off-reservation treaty lands.
  • Maintain an effective computer network and electronic database storage system for all Commission files and information.
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LUPC Focus

The Land Use Policy Commission (LUPC), comprised of three elected individuals, assists and approves the application process in gaining home site leases, farming leases, business leases, etc. The LUPC issues permits on a daily basis for Fire Permits, Building Permits, Special Use Permits and Sign Permits. Building Permits are based on the International Building Code. Trespass Permits are required in order to establish a framework for the regulation and management of conduct and activities of non-Indians and non-member Indians who enter, go upon or pass over certain Tribally protected lands, private lands and areas which are reserved for the exclusive use of Tribal members.

When in season; permits are also issued for post/poles for Tribal members in the Island Park area. The LUPC also manages and regulates the Treaty Rights Grazing areas located on BLM and Forest lands for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and membership.

Land Use Ordinance

Be it enacted by the business council of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes as follows:

The Fort Hall Reservation was set aside, pursuant to a treaty with the United States of America, as a home in perpetuity for the members of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

The control of the use of the lands and natural resources within the outer confines of The Fort Hall Reservation has a direct effect upon the ability of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to safeguard and promote the peace, safety, morals and general welfare of all who may choose to reside within the outer confines of the reservation.

The preservation of the agricultural land base and the natural resources located thereon is the life blood of the reservation and is paramount to the inhabitants.

The declaration of a Land Use Policy by The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is in the interest of insuring, promoting and protecting the character of The Fort Hall Reservation.

This ordinance shall apply to all lands and waters and natural resources within the outer confines of the reservation as shown on the Land Use Map of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, Idaho.

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P.O. Box 306
Fort Hall, ID 83203


Enforce Land Use Policy Ordinance.

The Land Use Policy Commission will enforce all provisions of the Land Use Policy Ordinance and issue regulations providing for such enforcement by a Compliance Officer and/or Building Official